Armand Blanquet Du Chayla - Battle of The Nile, and Aftermath

Battle of The Nile, and Aftermath

In 1798, as a rear admiral, Chayla hoisted his flag aboard the Franklin as second in command of the fleet under Admiral François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers during the campaign in Egypt. Chayla fought gallantly during the battle and tried in vain to persuade Brueys to order the fleet to set sail. He was severely wounded in the French defeat, and he and the Franklin were both captured by the Royal Navy.

After his return to France, Chayla was a fierce critic of the tactics of Villeneuve, Decrès and Ganteaume, and resigned in 1803. He was later rehabilitated by Napoléon.

He was made a Count and honorary vice-admiral by Louis XVIII of France. Chayla died in Versailles on the 29th of April 1826.

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