Siege of Acre Joined by More Crusaders, This Becomes Primary Battle of Third Crusade Hot

Siege of Acre Joined by More Crusaders, This Becomes Primary Battle of Third Crusade

Map of the Siege of Acre

Siege of Acre: A large fleet of English ships arrives at Acre with reinforcements for the Christian Crusaders attacking the city. The fighting over Acre is one of the primary military engagements of the Third Crusade and has been going on since August 28, 1189.

After his decisive defeat of the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin in 1187, Saladin has easily conquered most of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, including Acre and Jerusalem itself. Now the Third Crusade has come to the Holy Land to take the conquered territories back.

The Crusaders are besieging Acre, but the Crusaders are themselves under siege from a much larger force commanded by Saladin which surrounds them. Every time the Crusaders breach the walls of Acre, Saladin launches an attack large enough to ensure that the city's defenders can make repairs.

This creates a stalemate that is only broken once enough Christian Crusaders arrive to force the city into submission, which will happen in a little more than a week.

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