18 March to 20 May 1799
from Egypt, Napoleon Bonaparte
wanted to capture the key port of Acre, but his plans received
a terrible setback when his siege artillery was lost to
a Royal Navy flotilla under Commodore Sir
William Sidney Smith.
to now batter down the ancient walls of the city, the French
had to try to seize it at bayonet point, but eight assaults
failed to dislodge the Turkish defenders and their British
naval link proved the decisive factor in the siege and the
regularly resupplied city watched as the plague swept through
the French camp.
last assault on 10 May was again repulsed and Bonaparte
gave up and began a horrific march back to Egypt.
than 2000 French troops died of disease on the journey.