The 447 officers and men arrived at Vera Cruz on 24 February 1863. The French military authorities shaped the battalion into 4 companies each with its own Captain, lieutenant, sub lieutenant and Sergeant Major supported by a Fourrier (similar to a Quartermaster/Company Clerk) four sergeants, 8 corporals, and two musicians.
|Corporal and Bugler|
The Batallion continued to wear their Egyptian regulation uniform, complete with the black tasseled red tarbush cap only replacing the oriental leggings and slippers with more serviceable French military gaiters and boots. The rank and file carried a French model 1859 musket, manufactured in Egypt, and a vicious saw edged saber bayonet while the officers were equipped with a scimitar and colt revolver.
|Egyptian Line Infantry|
Taking part in no less than 14 major actions and many more smaller engagements the battalion would earn 72 military decorations and would be praised in French Military dispatches for their courage under fire. Their record only blighted by charges of brutality by foreign observers.
The surviving members of the battalion returned home after four and a half years of military service to a heroes welcome being ceremoniously reviewed in both Paris and Alexandria.
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