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Battle of the Pyramids - 21st July 1798

Battle of the Pyramids
21st July 1798

Battle of the Pyramids, 21st July 1798

Battle of the Pyramids

Napoleon with an army of 36,000 seized Malta on the 10th of June 1798 form the Knights of St John then sailed on to land west of Alexandria on July 1st. They seized Alexandria form the Mameluke ruler Ibrahim who fled into Syria.

But the Mameluke military Commander Murad Bey was determined to stop Napoleon entering Cairo, so blocked the French advance at Embabeh on the left bank of the Nile near the pyramids. Under his command he had 40,000 troops but only 6,000 of these were the fierce fighting force of Mamelukes.

On July 21st napoleon moved onto the Egyptian positions and Murad launched an all out attack with his cavalry. But the 6,000 Mamelukes were no match for the French infantry and artillery which fired volley after volley, devastating the Mamelukes. When the charge had failed the disorganized Egyptian infantry fled. With only 300 casualties, Napoleon marched into Cairo.

OUR RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS BATTLE

Napoleons Speech to his Army before the Battle of the Pyramids by Antoine-Jean Gros (GL)

GE17981GL. Napoleons Speech to his Army before the Battle of the Pyramids by Antoine-Jean Gros.

Limited edition of 200 giclee canvas prints.

Image size 40 inches x 28 inches (102cm x 71cm)

Price : 300.00