In August 1942, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid a surprise visit to see the men of the Eighth Army fighting in North Africa.
During his trip Churchill inspected many different units of Britain’s Desert Army and met with the newly appointed Commanding General Bernard Montgomery better known as “Monty”.
Churchill liked what he saw, there was a renewed fighting spirit in the men and in Montgomery they had a leader, at long last, who exuded confidence and ability. In a few short months the Eighth Army under Montgomery would defeat Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps at a little known Egyptian railhead called… El Alamein.
These new figures commemorate that historic visit and honour the men of the Desert Army.