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First Battle of Ramleh - Egyptian Army Defeated by Baldwin I of Jerusalem

Ramleh, c. 1900

First Battle of Ramleh: An Egyptian army under Emir Sa'ad ed-Daula al-Qawasi is defeated by Baldwin I of Jerusalem, though at the cost of nearly half of Baldwin's knights.

The two forces have spent the entire summer facing off against each other, neither side willing to initiate action. Only after more reinforcements arrive from Egypt does Baldwin decide to act.

With around 260 knights and fewer than 1000 infantry, he charges Muslim positions defended by around 10,000 soldiers. Gripped by panic, the Egyptians flee after they have nearly won, and Baldwin chases them all the way back to Ascalon.

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