To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein, a team from The Museum of The Queen’s Royal Hussars attended a special commemorative event organised by the Warwickshire Yeomanry in the Court House.
The event – the last one held prior to the Museum’s winter closure – recognised the sacrifice of British and Commonwealth servicemen during that battle in 1942.
Brigadier Nick Smith (Retd) provided the keynote speech for a well-attended event; the Rev (Major) V Van den Berg also gave a reflection on the human cost of the action, and interviews with Alamein veterans within the Yeomanry were played to audience members throughout the day.
The Museum was supported by volunteers Andy Milton, Mark Jones and David Inglis. Together with the Assistant Curator, they set up a display to highlight some of the key events, vehicles and persons in the antecedent regiments from that period. Major Richard Heseltine’s charcoal drawing of the battle was also on display, which attracted much attention from visitors.
The event was a great way for the local military museums to provide a fitting tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice 80 years ago. Members of the public that joined were able to learn about both the battle’s meaning on the wider war, and the cost it took on the units taking part. Our thanks go to the Yeomanry and our volunteers for making this possible.