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Old and New El Alamein

When i seldom do enough historical research before we check out interesting places. That was the case before we visited el Alamein. I knew it was a battlefield between the armored packages of World War II but not much more. I mainly knew that much because a neighbor who was a ninety-year-old veteran of the industry who had spent much or the war serving under Overall George Patton mentioned it.

I anticipated el Alamein to be just a wide spot in a narrow sandy way. I hadn’t read these paragraphs from a recent difficulty of the magazine/website, Egypt Today.
MARSA MATROUH, Egypt instant 1 March 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated the first phase of the new el alamein city on Monday in Marsa Matrouh governorate.
The first phase will include often the inauguration of an eco-city. New El Alamein City also will include a national university that’ll comprise a number of applied knowledge faculties, an opera house, a library and a art gallery.

Sisi will also inaugurate a number of projects via video getting together with.

The city is located on an area of 48, 000 feddans (one feddan equals 1 . 038 acres) in El Alamein town on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast and it is designed to can include 5, 000 housing units to accommodate more than 400, 000 inhabitants.
Eco-city? 400, 000 inhabitants and an Trattato House? What’s this?

We saw the signs for New El-Alamein and many of the coastal residences if not residents.

However , where was the old el-Alamein? Surely there must be something left side from what was described this way on one veteran’s webpage:
The very isolated railway station of El Alamein gave its name to the famous battle which was fought in the desert towards the south.

In 1942 there were just a few buildings clustered around the rail station, tens of miles from any other habitation.
Just east belonging to the new war museum, there was a rusty sign aimed toward “Cairo” via Petrol Road.

I suggested right after it. The beautiful new developments along the Mediterranean quickly disappeared as the scenery began to match typical small-town Egypt. Once about a half mile, we came to some railroad tunes with a few old buildings and several shops. Was this the best el-Alamein?

And what about that crumbling building in the distance. Could it be what is left of the railroad depot from 1942?

Basics had to wait until we returned to Cairo.

There were just a few veterans from Britain and Australia that marked the exact 70th and 75th anniversary of the battles with a revisit visit. Here are two showing pictures of the railway section. Yes, it’s the same place.