Order of battle of the Armée d'Orient (1798)

The Armée d'Orient (English: Army of the Orient) was the French military force gathered by the French Directory to send on the expedition to Egypt in 1798. The expedition had the intention of barring Great Britain's route to its colonies in India and was put under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte.

General Bonaparte and staff in Egypt

Land forcesEdit

Compagnie des guidesEdit

  • Numbers: 500 men on foot and on horseback

Division DesaixEdit

Division ReynierEdit

Division KleberEdit

Division MenouEdit

Division BonEdit

Division Dumas (cavalry)Edit

Division Dommartin (Artillery)Edit

  • Commander of the artillery: Général Dommartin
  • Firepower: 171 artillery pieces, including:
  • Numbers: 3150 men
  • Split between:
    • 3 cavalry companies
    • 6 infantry companies
    • 3éme Compagnie du 4éme Régiment d'Artillerie à Cheval
    • 2éme Compagnie du 5éme Régiment d'Artillerie à Cheval
    • 3éme and 11éme Compagnies du 1er Régiment d'Artillerie à Pied
    • 1er, 2e, 6e, 7e, and 10éme Compagnies du 4éme Régiment d'Artillerie à Pied
    • 9 companies of demi-brigades

Division Caffarelli (engineers)Edit

Garrison troopsEdit

  • Corsica: 3600 men of:
    • 23e demi-brigade d'infanterie légère: 3 battalions, totalling 2500 men
    • 1er bataillon de la 86e demi-brigades d'infanterie de ligne: 1 battalion, totalling 1100 men
  • Malta: 8000 men
    • Division Chabot: 4000 men of:
      • 6e demi-brigade d'infanterie de ligne: 3 battalions, totalling 1000 men
      • 79e demi-brigade d'infanterie de ligne: 3 battalions, totalling 3000 men
    • Division Vaubois: 4000 men of
      • 3e bataillon de la 7e demi-brigade d'infanterie légère: 1 battalion, totalling 1150 men
      • 19e demi-brigade d'infanterie de ligne: 2 battalions, totalling 1050 men
      • 1er bataillon de la 80e demi-brigade d'infanterie de ligne: 1 battalion, totalling 550 men
      • Various elements drawn from 6e and 41e demi-brigade d'infanterie de ligne as well as from 23e demi-brigade d'infanterie légère: 1200 men

Sea forcesEdit

Known as the Escadre d'Orient, the ships of the taskforce transported the land troops and at times during the campaign operated in tandem with them.

  • Commanded by admiral Brueys
  • Numbers: 335 boats, of which only 55 were armed

Ships of the lineEdit

15, of which 2 were armed "en flûte"


13 (7 armed "en flûte")


References and notesEdit

  1. ^ de Vigny, Alfred. "La Fregate 'La Serieuse'". Retrieved 4 May 2012.