British prepare to attack in the desert
9th September 1942: Montgomery resists pressure from Churchill and insists he will not launch a major new assault until conditions are right
In Egypt Rommel's attack of 30th August was over. By the 7th September the Afrika Korps had been beaten back to virtually the lines that they had started from. What became known as the Battle of Alam el Halfa had got them nowhere. Immediately Montgomery, now commanding 8th Army in the desert, came under pressure to exploit the success and pursue Rommel with a counterattack.