Orwell Diaries 1938-1942

15.11.42

Church bells rung this morning – in celebration of the victory in Egypt. [1] The first time that I have heard them in over two years.

[1] Following the attack launched at El Alamein on 23 October 1942, the Eighth Army cleared Egypt by 11 November 1942; Tobruk, in Libya, was retaken on 12 November. Allied forces landed in Morocco and Algeria on 8 November, and by 12 November were close to the western Tunisian border. Final victory in North Africa, however, was not to come until mid-May 1943.