El Alamein - the infantry go forward
24th October 1942: Men must advance as their own shellfire creeps forward in front of them - and trust that it will keep moving ahead of them
The artillery bombardment of the evening of the 23rd was but a prelude to an attack led by the infantry. Only later would the tanks be passed through the cleared lanes through the minefields to exploit these first attacks.
This meant a direct assault on the German and Italian lines, they would be well dug in with prepared lines of fire. It was hoped that the artillery fire would have killed or at least disorientated the enemy infantry in their trenches.