|September 1st, 1942|
August 30th, 1942. In a final attempt to fight off the precarious situation in which Rommel was about to find himself in the Alamein sector, he started a major offensive. The goal was to break through the British lines in the southern sector, turn to the north and close in on the British forces. On the other side Montgomery, who had just taken command of the British 8th Army and had access to intelligence reports that gave away Rommel's plans, was preparing his defense at Alam el Halfa.