The Bombardment of Alexandria 1882

By Colin S. White, published February 1980


Britain become involved in Egyptian internal affairs as a result of financial and strategic interest in the Suez Canal. When an army mutiny in 1881 overthrew the ruling Khedive, Britain intervened. The bombardment succeeded despite uncertain battle plans from Vice-Admiral Seymour who divided his fleet, making it difficult to concentrate fire on dispersed shore batteries. The engagement provides valuable insight into the transitional Victorian fleet in action; though it revealed a number of weaknesses, it also demonstrated that the strength of the Royal Navy continued to lie in its men, with many serving officers going on to achieve considerable fame.

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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Weapons

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