• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

The Day Rommel Was Stopped

'The Day Rommel Was Stopped' book cover
Join Chris Jephson as he explores the Battle of Ruweisat Ridge, the stand that helped put a stop to Rommel’s North African advance during the Second World War.

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On 1 July 1942, General Erwin Rommel attacked the British defences at El Alamein during a revived Axis effort in North Africa. Throughout the next day, just a handful of men and guns stood between Rommel and Alexandria.

Had the outnumbered British defenders at Ruweisat Ridge not stopped Rommel’s men, the campaign in North Africa may have turned out very differently. It is all the more remarkable that the small force that bore the brunt of the attack had been 1,500 miles away in Iraq just a few weeks earlier and were only in the Western Desert as a result of General Claude Auchinleck’s foresight.

In this illuminating talk, Chris Jephson will demonstrate the significance of the Battle of Ruweisat Ridge - part of the First Battle of El Alamein - exploring how this decisive encounter impacted the outcome of both the North Africa campaign and the wider war.

About Chris Jephson

Chris Jephson is the author of ‘The Day Rommel Was Stopped’. The book is based on research by his father, Major Francis Ronald Jephson MC TD, who served at Ruweisat Ridge in 1942.

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