Uniform and Sword of General Jacques-Zacharie Destaing of the French Army dated between 1801-1802 on display at the
Musée de l'Armée in Paris
Destaing spent his early army career fighting in Europe first in the National Guard in Aurillac, Auvergne (1789) and then going on to fight in Spain and Italy (1793-96). But it was when he joined the Army of the Orient in 1798 led by the Consul Napoleon Bonaparte to fight the Mamluks in Egypt.
It was during this campaign he led soldiers in the Battle of the Pyramids where the the French Republic destroyed the Mamluk and the Ottoman armies. On the battlefield he was promoted to General of Brigade by the First Consul Napoleon himself.