A Day That Shook The World: the Battle of El Alamein begins

On 23 October 1942, the battle that Winston Churchill described as 'not the end...not even the beginning of the end, but...perhaps the end of the beginning' began.

Allied troops from across the world were led to their first major victory by Field Marshall Montgomery near the town of El Alamein in north east Egypt. Historians consider this battle to be one of the major turning points in World War 2.

Watch original footage from the battle in this British Pathé video, above.