Mt Tabor

16 April 1799

Operating to the south of the siege of Acre, General Jean-Baptiste Kleber ran into the 35,000-man army of the Pasha of Damascus.

Rejecting a dangerous retreat with such a host on his back, Kleber launched an assault on the enemy with only 1500 men. Unfortunately, the Turkish force detected the move and swarmed to attack it.

Forming two small squares Kleber's men fought off the Turks for eight hours and was on the verge of running out of ammunition when General Napoleon Bonaparte arrived with an additional 2500 men and two cannons.

As the Turks seemed set for victory, Bonaparte attacked and quickly routed the surprised enemy.

Turkish casualties are not known, but Kleber's men reported two dead and 60 men wounded.



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