A British victory? The desert saw major units from all corners of the Commonwealth fighting together. The OB for El-Alamein has divisions from Britain, New Zealand, Australia, India and South Africa. (Canadians were of course in the UK at the time training for the second front and some units were to be sent to Italy after Africa was cleared).
Was El-Alamein a turning point? Yes of course it was. The 1st battle of El-Alamein checked and blunted the German`s final advance on Egypt. The 2nd turned the Desert War because Rommel was then completely beaten and on the defensive.
Coral Sea checked the Japanese territorial gains in the Pacific and then Midway turned the tide so Japan was on the defensive.
The fighting at Stalingrad checked and blunted the German advance east and then the result of Operation Uranus turned the tide so that with the exception of Kharkov, the Germans never won a major battle in the east again.
I would be amazed if not most of the world see it as a British Victory.
You can list the OOB but to me there are other things as well that decides this.
If you go into listing the OOB for most battles (Of WWII) then few would be a British victory.
For Example: In the battle for Britain there was pilots from Poland so then that wasn't a British victory. I have yet to hear someone claim that Poland won the battle for Britain with the British. Most aknowledge that the poles contributed but that is different.
If you ask someone what nations won WWII I will be amazed if they named any nation except SovietUnion, China, Great Britain, France and USA.
The CW contributed alot to the war in Africa but with Great Britain controlling the campaigns and appointing commanding Generals it is for me a British campaign.
And India, correct me if I am wrong, was under the direct rule of the British Crown as a colony of the British Empire.
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