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Alexandria [1]

Battle Name : Alexandria [1]

Date(s) : 21 March 1801

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , French War of the Second Coalition ,

Outcome : A victory for British Forces over French Forces [Army of the Orient]

Type of battle : Land


A determined British attack against prepared French positions. In this engagement the 28th Foot [Gloucestershire Regiment] was attacked from both front and rear and were subsequently awarded the honour of wearing a badge on the front and back of their caps. The battle virtually decided the campaign as the French supply problem became acute and their morale suffered. The British commander Sir Ralph Abercromby was killed in this action.


A city port on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. (Egypt)

Casualty figures

French Forces [Army of the Orient]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
3,500 (35.00%)

British Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,529 (12.74%)