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Tango0126 Nov 2023 8:56 p.m. PST

"In July 1798 Napoleon invaded Egypt, landing an army in the stifling heat of a North African summer. His invasion came as a shock to the Egyptians but also as a surprise to the soldiers onboard his armada, for they had not been briefed on a mission designed to win glory for their general and, or so it appeared, untold riches for their government. For these soldiers who followed in Napoleon's wake, the campaign which followed promised neither fame nor wealth.

What it did offer was forced marches, endless battles against fearsome warriors and the occupation of a land which mesmerized and repelled them in equal measure. 15,000 Frenchmen died in battle and as many again from disease – including the plague. Somehow Napoleon managed to parley this costly adventure into a triumph and soon he would become emperor. Though the butcher's bill was high, the campaign did shake the Ottoman empire and demonstrate the military superiority of Western European powers…"


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forrester29 Nov 2023 3:15 a.m. PST

I imagine there will be something in here about artillery fire against pyramids

Tango0129 Nov 2023 3:20 p.m. PST



Gazzola01 Dec 2023 10:14 a.m. PST

Looks interesting. And yes, it has now been added to my ever growing to-buy list. Lucky Christmas is coming up. LOL

Tango0102 Dec 2023 3:30 p.m. PST

Happy for that my good friend…


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