The desert war was now at a decisive point. The Allied forces under General Montgomery were ready to attack the Axis fortifications of the El Alamein line. Unlike previous Allied offensives the British build up was both meticulous and overwhelming. Typical of the opening nights attack codenamed ‘Lightfoot’ was the experience of the 51st Highland division.
Marching in the wake of the massive artillery preparation the Highlanders met stiff opposition from the Axis defences. Rommel had intermixed Italian and German defenders to strengthen their resolve.
Attacker: British (1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, 153rd Brigade, 51st Highland Division)
Defender: German/Italian (164th Infantry Division and Trento Division)