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El Arish

Battle Name : El Arish

Date(s) : 14 February 1799 - 20 February 1799

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for French Army of the Orient over Turkish-Egyptian Forces

Type of battle : Land


On the night of the 14/15th February Reynier attacked part of the enemy which were camped outside the fortress. About 600 Mameluke, Turkish and Bedouin cavalry plus 1,200 Albanian infantry were driven off with 450 killed and wounded and 900 captured. The garrison of Mamelukes, Albanians and Moroccans held out for a while but then surrendered. 750 were killed or wounded, the remainder were taken into the French army. The largest French losses were occasioned by their own mortar fire.


A village about 106 miles northeast of Suez on the mediterranean coast of Egypt.

Casualty figures

French Army of the Orient

Number engaged :

Casualties :
400 (3.08%)

Turkish-Egyptian Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
750 (22.73%)