The Al-Alemein War Museum
by Seif Kamel
The Al-Alemein War Museum is located 105 kilometers west of Alexandria and about five kilometers west of the Marina resort. It is placed within the military areas of El Alumni. The museum was opened in the year 1956 during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser as a memorial of the The Battle of Al-Alamein between the British and the Germans in 1942 and the battles that took place in South Africa during the Second World War. The Al-Alemein War Museum was renewed and reopened in 1992 during the presidency of Mubarak. The museum is one of the best place to visit in order to achieve an understanding of Story of World War II in Egypt.
The Al-Alemein Museum is a complete illustration of the story of World War II in North Africa, containing records of all the events. Even before entering the Museum proper, in the garden are huge army tanks and various larger weapons. A visitor can view this heavy equipment from World War II, go inside a tank or an army car, or even jump up and sit atop a tank. The garden has about fifteen large pieces used by different forces in the Battle of Al-Alemein.
Inside the museum there are five halls. Each of them is dedicated to one of the four countries involved in the war, which include Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Egypt. The museum also has a mixed hall that contains items from the war generally.
The Egyptian Hall
The Egyptian hall shows how Egypt helped the allies during the war. There are statues of Egyptian soldiers who helped the British troops in the war. A large statue of king Farouk is on display as he was the ruler of Egypt at the time. He was always criticized for his lavish life as he expended a lot of money on his personal pleasure without considering the people of Egypt and their sufferings during the war. The left wall of the hall is covered with a large portrait that shows a part of the Al-Alemein battle and how the Germans were defeated. The other walls are covered with photographed and painted pictures illustrating the help of the Egyptians to the Allies in the War.
The British Hall
The hall mainly concentrates on the British troops and how they were able to defeat the Italians and then the Germans in North Africa. Uniforms of the British army during World War II are on display with different statues of soldiers doing different activities in the war time. The British role and their strategy during the war are on displayed in the form of stories and maps shown on the wall. The weapons the British used are displayed in this hall as well. However, calling this the British Hall is a bit misleading, as their efforts were much aided by those of the Australians. Hence, it is more of a commonwealth hall.
The Italian Hall
The Italian Hall contains, just like the other halls, some statues of Italian soldiers wearing their uniform and participating in the war. Some pictures are displayed on the walls to show how the Italians suffered from the defeat in North Africa.
The German Hall
The German Hall displays the role of the German army in the battle of El Alamin and in the other battles of North Africa during World War ll. Many different German weapons are displayed in this hall as well. Pictures of Rommel and Hitler are shown on the walls beside notes that show why the Germans lost the battle.at Al Alemein.
The Mixed Hall
The most interesting hall of the museum in the Museum is the Mixed Hall, because it shows items from all the sides involved in the war. Small models in the middle of the hall demonstrate the important battles between the British and the Italian in the beginning, and the British and the German afterwards. The hall has one part that tells the history of each country and why they were involved in the war. Real photographed pictures of the battle are shown on the walls with information and statistics about each participant.
This museum is a must see for any weapons or history fan. It tells the story of one of the most important battles during World War ll, and it was built in the exact place where the battle took place.
A Periscope Device Used to Locate the Enemy
A Models of the Battle of Al-Agheila
Medium Italian Tank
A Female German Soldier in Uniform
A German Gun Carrier
A German Gun Carrier
Model of the Battle of Al-Alemein
A painting of the Battle of Al-Alemein
A Damaged English Spitfire
A Mobile Italian Cannon
An Italian Cannon
An American Tank
Display Showing an Egyptian in Combat
Display of An Italian Soldier
An Italian Armoured Troop Carrier
Display of An Italian Soldier
A Marine Mine
Display Telling the Story of a Captured Pilot
Two German Soldiers on a BMW Motor Cycle
Libyan Money During Word War II
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