By Carole K. Fink
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None the less, that same month, the Army of the Orient, 35,000 strong, sailed from Toulon and other ports. The British knew of its departure, but were uncertain of its destination. Evading the British fleet, and seizing Malta from the Knights of St John on its 5° EGYPT, THE SECOND COALITION AND THE GRANDE ARMEE way, the expedition arrived off Alexandria on 1 Jul~ After taking the city Napoleon moved on Cairo: 15,000 men marched across the desert, another 10,000 were shipped upriver by barge. On 17 July the reunited army brushed aside a Mameluke force at Shubra Khit and on 21 July encountered the main host - 6,000 mounted Mamelukes and 54,000 local levies - at the battle of the Pyramids, some 3 kilometres north-west of Cairo.
Meanwhile, Bonaparte's return as an acclaimed conquering hero frightened the weak Directoire. Refusing command of an army to invade England early in 1798, he proposed instead seizing Egypt as a base from which to attack Britain's trade and possessions in India. The moment seemed opportune. After Spain had allied herself with France, the British fleet had withdrawn from the Mediterranean in December 1796, while in Egypt the Mamelukes, a warrior caste, had replaced Turkish rule. If the expedition could be represented as a move to restore the position of the Ottoman court at Constantinople - the sublime Porte - then the sultan might assent On his way to Egypt, Bonaparte occupied Malta, controlled since 1530 by the Knights of St John, without much trouble.
To find honour, glory and riches'. He opened his offensive on 10 April. The Austro-Piedmontese forces were deployed to block the several exits from the parallel valleys leading north and prevented by the mountain ridges from reinforcing their isolated detachments. This, Bonaparte recognized, presented an D rava 3000 2000 -0 \ 1500 1000 5000 200 100 Adriatic Sea N Rimini t French advance Austrian advance -r -~- SOkm I i 50 miles o o Austrian retreat French positions I 39 THE NAPOLEONIC WARS ideal situation for 'having larger forces at the point of attack', and in twelve days of almost continuous action, 10-22 April, striking always with superior numbers, he severed the Piedmontese from the Austrians.
Cold War: An International History by Carole K. Fink