Battle of Ascalon

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Battle of Ascalon

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:15 am

Salvete All;

Below, please read the short article on one of the more important battles between the Christians and the Muslims in the Near East;

>>>> The Battle of Ascalon <<<<

As a part of the First Crusade (1096-1099) and on the date of 12 August, 1099, in the South of modern Ashqelon along the coast of Isreal, there occurred the Battle of Ascalon.

The Emir al Efdal commanding the Fatimid army, which had set out from Egypt for the purpose of relieving Jerusalem, but stopped his advance when they heard the city had fallen to Christain Forces. At this time the Crusader Army was under the command of Godfrey de Buillon, Defender of the Holy Sepulchre. They quickly organized, hearing that an enemy army was on the way, and marched South without delay to engage this enemy force. The Crusaders goal was Ascalon which is just a day’s march from Jerusalem. The Crusaders launched a surprise dawn attack on the Fatimid camp and literally drove their enemies into the sea and into the fortified town of Ascalon.

The troops under Godfrey de Buillon numbered some 1,200 cavalry and 9,000 infantry. This force was arrayed against the Emir's army of some 20,000 to 50,000 troops. After the battle, the casualties were listed as light for the Crusaders, but for the Fatimid Army the casualty list was heavy, approximently 10,000 to 12,000 men.

The result of the victory was that the Crusader hold on Palestine was consolidated. This battle brought an end to the First Crusade, and the majority of the participants returned to Europe.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens

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