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Article:First Battle of El Alamein
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On 25 June, General [[Claude Auchinleck]]—Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) [[Middle East Command]]—relieved Ritchie and assumed direct command of Eighth Army himself.<ref>Playfair Vol. III, p. 285</ref> He decided not to seek a decisive confrontation at the Mersa Matruh position. He concluded that his inferiority in armour after the Gazala defeat meant he would be unable to prevent Rommel either breaking through his centre or enveloping his open left flank to the south in the same way he had at Gazala.{{#tag:ref|GHQ Cairo estimated that the Axis could have as many as 519 serviceable tanks on 30 June although 339 was a more probable figure. In fact the actual number on 26 June was 104 compared with 155 tanks in Eighth Army<ref>Hinsley, p. 390</ref>|group="nb"}} He decided instead to employ delaying tactics while withdrawing a further {{convert|100|mi|km|abbe=on}} or more east to a more defendable position near [[El Alamein]] on the [[Mediterranean]] coast. Only {{convert|40|mi|km|abbr=on}} to the south of El Alamein, the steep slopes of the [[Qattara Depression]] ruled out the possibility of Axis armour moving around the southern flank of his defences and limited the width of the front he had to defend.
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On 25 June, General [[Claude Auchinleck]]—Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) [[Middle East Command]]—relieved Ritchie and assumed direct command of Eighth Army himself.<ref>Playfair Vol. III, p. 285</ref> He decided not to seek a decisive confrontation at the Mersa Matruh position. He concluded that his inferiority in armour after the Gazala defeat meant he would be unable to prevent Rommel either breaking through his centre or enveloping his open left flank to the south in the same way he had at Gazala.{{#tag:ref|GHQ Cairo estimated that the Axis could have as many as 519 serviceable tanks on 30 June although 339 was a more probable figure. In fact the actual number on 26 June was 104 compared with 155 tanks in Eighth Army<ref>Hinsley, p. 390</ref>|group="nb"}} He decided instead to employ delaying tactics while withdrawing a further {{convert|100|mi|km|abbe=on}} or more east to a more defendable position near [[El Alamein]] on the [[Mediterranean]] coast. Only {{convert|40|mi|km|abbr=on}} to the south of El Alamein, the steep slopes of the [[Qattara Depression]] ruled out the possibility of Axis armour moving around the southern flank of his defences and limited the width of the front he had to defend.z
   
 
===Battle of Mersa Matruh===
 
===Battle of Mersa Matruh===
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