SANDF taking part in Battle of El Alamein commemoration in Egypt

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will depart today for Egypt in order to pay tribute to the South Africans who lost their lives during the Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War.

The battle, which took place 70 years ago between 23 October and 4 November 1942, was a turning point in the war against the Nazi forces in Africa. The victory at El Alamein by the Allied Forces, which included South Africans from all walks of life, was the beginning of the end of the Nazi’s drive for world domination.

The eventual defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 helped lead to the majority of European colonies in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America gaining their independence.

In recognition of the sacrifices made by thousands of South African compatriots at the Battle of El Alamein, the SANDF will participate in the 70th anniversary of the battle in collaboration with the Department of Military Veterans and other organisations such as the Reserve Force Council Association, the Department of Defence said.