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Battle of the Nile

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Thursday, 22 July 2010

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Lord Horatio Nelson at the Battle of the Nile. Illustration by Ron Embleton

1 August marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Nile in 1759. The three-day battle between the British and French fleets occurred off the coast of Egypt at Aboukir Bay. The French fleet, under Vice-Admiral Francois-Paul Brueys D’Aigalliers, was unable to hold a defensive line and the British fleet, under Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, were able to slip behind them, trapping many of the French ships in crossfire and resulting in a resounding victory for Nelson.

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