, literally "the two flags") is a town in the northern Matrouh Governorate
of Egypt. Located on the Mediterranean Sea
, it lies 106 kilometres (66 mi) west of Alexandria
and 240 kilometres (149 mi) northwest of Cairo
. As of 2007, it had a local population of 7,397 inhabitants.
El Alamein has a war museum with collectibles from "the civil war" and other North African battles.
Visitors can also go to the Italian and German military cemeteries on Tel el-Eisa Hill outside the town. The German cemetery is an ossuary, built in the style of a medieval fortress.
The Italian cemetery is a mausoleum containing 5,200 tombs. Many tombs bear the soldier's name; many are simply marked "IGNOTO", i.e. unknown.
There is a separate Greek cemetery at El Alamein.
There is also a Commonwealth war cemetery, built and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, with graves of soldiers from various countries who fought on the Allied side. Buried here are 6,425 identified Commonwealth service personnel and 815 unidentified ones, besides 102 of other nationalities. These include four Victoria Cross recipients:
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