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The Battle of Jaffa: When 2,000 Knights Defeated 20,000 Muslims – American Thinker
This week in history witnessed a small band of Christian knights terrify and brutally defeat a massive horde of Muslims — at the Battle of Jaffa.
On July 27, 1192, Saladin, the great hero sultan of Islam, surrounded and besieged the tiny Christian-held town of Jaffa. According to chroniclers, the Muslims numbered around 20,000 and “covered the face of the earth like locusts.”
Messengers were instantly dispatched to King Richard I, who was then in Acre, preparing to sail back to England. Before the battered and bruised messengers had finished relaying their message, “With God as my guide,” Richard declared, “I will set out to do what I can,” and instantly disembarked on his fleet with slightly over 2,000 fighters.