Battle of Isly

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Battle of Isly
Part of the First Franco-Moroccan War
Battle of Isly by Horace Vernet
Battle of Isly, oil painting by Horace Vernet
Date August 14, 1844
Location Near Oujda, Morocco
Result French victory
Belligerents
Flag of France.svg France Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco
Commanders and leaders
Thomas Robert Bugeaud Mohammed, son of sultan Abderrahmane of Morocco
Strength
13,000 20,000-25,000
Casualties and losses
800 killed

The Battle of Isly was fought on August 14, 1844 between France and Morocco, near the Isly River. French forces under Marshal Thomas Robert Bugeaud routed a much larger, but poorly organized, Moroccan force under Mohammed, son of sultan Abderrahmane of Morocco. Bugeaud, attempting to complete the French conquest of Algeria, instigated the battle without a declaration of war in order to force negotiations concerning Moroccan support for the Algerian resistance leader Abd el Kader to conclude on terms favorable to the French.

Theater of the First Franco-Moroccan War (1844).
Battle of Isly.

Bugeaud, who recovered the Moroccan commander's tent and umbrella (equivalent to capturing a military standard in European warfare), was made Duke of Isly for his victory.

The day following the battle, the Bombardment of Mogador started.[1]

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