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Al-Alamayn
Matrouh Governate
Location
Continent
Environment
  • Urban
Classification
  • Small Town
Affiliation

First Tiberium War

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Missions

El Alamein (or Al Alamayn) 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 has a local population of 7,397 inhabitants.

El Alamein has a hot desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWh), in common with most of the Middle East and north Africa. However, like the rest of the northern coast of Egypt, its climate is slightly less hot, compared to the rest of Egypt.

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 Cemetery on Tel el-Eisa Hill just outside the town. There is also a Commonwealth war cemetery with graves of soldiers from various countries who fought on the British side. This has monuments commemorating Greek, New Zealand, Australian, South African, Indian and Canadian forces. The names of 213 Canadian airmen appear on the El Alamein Memorial in Egypt.

History

Two important World War II battles were fought in the area.

At the First Battle of El Alamein (1 – 27 July 1942) the advance of Axis troops on Alexandria was blunted by the Allies, when the German Panzers tried to outflank the allied position.

At the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October – 4 November 1942) Allied forces broke the Axis line and forced them all the way back to Tunisia. Winston Churchill said of this victory: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." After the war, he wrote: "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat."

Tiberium Universe

First Tiberium War

During the First Tiberium War's first invasion of Egypt, Seth sent a rising Nod commander, possibly the one that would eventually become famous during the Battle of Luxor, from Libya; with a small force of light troops to eliminate a small and weak GDI base in this area and establish a base of his own to act as a forward attack post for the larger invasion. GDI forces in the area were wiped out and Nod was able to gain control of Al-Alamayn and use it as a springboard for their swift conquest of Egypt

Simultaneously Nod established another attack post at the Al-Kharijah oasis in a similar manner and to a similar end.  It can be surmised that while Al-Alamayn acted as the primary point of attack, this was primarily meant to draw a powerful counter-attack from Egyptian GDI forces, thus denuding the rest of Egypt of troops, while a secondery Nod troops at Al-Kharijah moved onto the Nile in the south and crossed it, gaining the advantage in maneuvre and winning the war despite the formidable Military Strength of Egypt and it's high Military Resistance.

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