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Battle of the Pyramids (Battle of Embabeh)

Date and place

  • July 21st, 1798 at Embabeh, Egypt, near the Giza pyramid complex, on the left shore of the Nile.

Involved forces

  • French army (20,000 to 30,000 men) under General Napoleon Bonaparte.  
  • 40,000 Ottomans, Egyptians and Mamluks under Murad Bey.  

Casualties and losses

  • French army of the Orient: c. 40 dead, 300 wounded.  
  • Turkish army: 10,000 dead (including 7,000 Mamluks), 40 guns (according to Bonaparte).  
Battle of the Pyramids (Battle of Embabeh) (detail)
"The Battle of the Pyramids" (detail). Painted 1806 by Louis François Lejeune.
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This major battle, during the French Invasion of Egypt, saw the French army under Napoleon Bonaparte win a decisive victory against the Egyptian army.

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Detail of the map of the battle of the Pyramids (Battle of Embabeh)
Map of the battle
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