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Davout, The French army was large, although perhaps not large enough to attempt the permanent occupation of Egypt on its own. The original plan included provision for reinforcements to be sent, assuming that France would retain her freedom to act in Mediterranean.
This was enough for the initial conquest, but as will be seen it was severely stretched to provide both a garrison for Egypt and a field army. The officers that accompanied the army were an impressive group. To transport an army this size to Egypt required a massive fleet.
Nearly transport ships were accompanied by 13 ships of the line and seven frigates. Marshal Joachim Murat One famous and unusual aspect of the expedition is that it was accompanied by a group of savants, who were to form the nucleus of a new Acadamy Egypt.
The work carried out by this academic expedition probably had the most long term impact, at least in Europe.
Amongst its achievements was the discovery of the Rosetta stone, from which followed the deciphering of hieroglyphics and the rediscovery of ancient Egyptian history. The Egyptian expedition was prepared at great speed and in impressive secrecy. It was proposed early inapproved on 12 April, and departed from Toulon on 20 May after only ten weeks of preparation.
The level of secrecy was equally impressive.
News of their real destination only arrived in Britain with the French newspapers on 12 July. Even Nelson, cruising in the Mediterranean, took months to catch up with the French fleet. The French expedition used several ports as well as Toulon, including Marseilles, Genoa, Civitavecchia and the ports of Corsica, making the level of secrecy even more impressive.
The soldiers themselves were not informed of their destination until they were at sea. Malta was reached on 9 June. By tradition, neutral states only allowed two ships from any belligerent fleet to use their harbours at any one time.
Napoleon sent a messenger to Grand Master de Hompesch, the head of the Knights of St John, demanding that his fleet be allowed to enter harbour at Valletta to replenish their supplies. De Hompesch briefly demonstrated some backbone, insisting on the two ship limit.
Napoleon replied that he would take what was need by force, at which point De Hopmesch lost his backbone, retreating to his palace. The order that he presided over, the Knights of St John, had a long history of successful resistance against attack, but the order was a shadow of its former self.
A group of French knights were acting as third column within the order, undermining its resistance by refusing to fight their countrymen. Even so, the remaining knights may have been about to offer resistance when the native Maltese broke into revolt.
Faced with enemies within and without, the Knights of St John surrendered on 12 June, only three days after the French had arrived. Napoleon spent a week on Malta, where he demonstrated both sides of his character.
The positive side can be seen in the series of reforms he initiated. All religious orders on the Island, including the Knights of St John, were abolished.
The tax system was reformed and the university and hospitals modernised. On the other hand, Malta was to spend the next two years under French military rule, while when Napoleon sailed he took most of the treasures of the Knights with him, including their library.
This mix of reform, military rule and plunder was to be typical of Napoleon and had already been seen in Italy. On the night of June, French officers heard signals guns from the British fleet.
Napoleon refused to believe that any significant British fleet could possibly be in the Mediterranean, no alarm was called and the fleets passed in the night. Finally, on the morning of 1 July, just after Nelson had sailed north in frustration, the French fleet reached the Egyptian coast.
Napoleon Lands Time was now running tight. Nelson was now known to be in the area, and the Nile flood was due in August. Napoleon started his campaign with a calculated gamble.
While some of his commanders suggested the French fleet sailed on to the Rosetta mouth of the Nile, Napoleon decided to land 5, men close to Alexandria, capture the port and land the rest of his force there. Against more determined opponents or better defences this would have been a risky option, but the defences of Alexandria were decrepit and the garrison small.
On 2 July, Alexandria was in French hands, and Napoleon was able to land the rest of his force.
The Mamluks were confident that they could repel this foreign invasion. This was largely due to their ignorance of the military potential of the French army that had landed on their shores other better informed commanders had already made the same mistake about Napoleon. It was also due to their confidence in their own military abilities.
This force was defeated at Shubrakhit 13 July after Napoleon formed his infantry into squares. The march to Cairo was grueling even with effective Mamluk resistance.The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of his country.
Napoleon’s upbringing—from his roots, to his penchant for holing up and reading about classic wars, to his education in France, all seemed to point in one direction—and by the time he was 24, he was a French .
Napoleon Bonaparte and his French troops invaded Egypt in In Egypt, he aggressively courted the Muslim population, saying to one imam: “Glory to Allah! There is no other God but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet, and I am one of his friends.
Brumaire, as part of the momentous decade , has been variously described and explained. Some scholars relegated the rise of Napoleon to insignificance, because, they claimed, by the revolution was already over. Others accompanied Marx’s.
Much of the dangerous appeal of Napoleon stemmed from his “hybridity” as evidenced by “his elusive political nature”, “in the interactions between his Italian birth and the French national character”, and in his “divided religious identity.”72 Overwhelmingly, “Napoleon‟s sway was portrayed as .
Napoleon Bonaparte - a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from to -.