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The next two days were spent preparing the three siege towers. On July
10th, they were rolled into place. They began to bombard the walls. The
assault was set for the night of July 14th.
All of the 14th was spent simply getting close enough to the walls to
attack effectively. Raymond commanded one tower, but he was unable to gain a
foothold. Godfrey commanded a second tower (the third was smaller and was
used only as a diversion). About mid-day on the 15th, they were able to make
a bridge from this tower to the wall. Two Flemish knights--Letold and
Gilbert of Tournai--were first across. They were followed closely by
Godfrey. As they secured a section of the wall, the Lorrainers were able to
bring up scaling ladders, and Tancred was able to follow. Godfrey fought his
way to the Gate of the Column to open it to the main army. Tancred meanwhile
worked his way toward the Temple and the Dome of the Rock. The Fatimid
commander surrendered to Tancred, and his banner was set on top of the
As the defense collapsed on the north side of the city, Raymond was able
at last to break in on the south side. He occupied the Tower of David, next
to the Jaffa Gate.
The city had fallen, but the fighting went on into the night.