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Battle of Heliopolis

Date and place

  • March 20th, 1800 near the ruins of Heliopolis, ten miles from Cairo at that time, nowadays included into the city.

Involved forces

  • French army (nearly 11,000 men) under the command of General Jean-Baptiste Kléber 
  • Turkish army (40,000 to 80,000 men according to various sources) under Nassif Pasha and Grand Vizier Kör Yusuf Ziyaüddin Pasha. 

Casualties and losses

  • French army: 600 to 800 killed or wounded. 
  • Turkish army: 8,000 to 9,000 killed, wounded or prisoners. 

Heliopolis was the last victory of the French army in Egypt.

Picture - "The Battle of Heliopolis", engraving by Edme Bovinet (1767-1832), watercolor by Louis François Couché (1782-1849)

Napoleonic Battles - Picture of the battle of Heliopolis -

Photos Credits

  Photos by Lionel A. Bouchon.
  Photos by Marie-Albe Grau.
  Photos by Floriane Grau.
  Photos by Michèle Grau-Ghelardi.
  Photos by Didier Grau.
  Photos made by people outside the Napoleon & Empire association.