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Philippe Colombe (died March 1722) was a Safavid artillery commander of French origin.

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A native of Paris, Colombe had served in the army of the Russian Tsardom before moving to Safavid Iran.[1] Entering service under king Sultan Husayn (r. 1694–1722), Colombe came to be at the head of the empire's military ordnance.[2] During the decisive battle against the rebellious Afghans in March 1722, at Gulnabad, Colombe was in command of the artillery corps (although he was nominally under Ahmad Khan, the tupchi-bashi), which hosted 24 cannons.[1] During the battle, Colombe and his corps were left without protection, which resulted in them getting frantically attacked by the Afghans, and killed.[1]

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