Qadesh 1300BC

Qadesh 1300BC

Clash of the Warrior Kings

Book - 1993
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The earliest battle in history which can be reconstructed in detail, Qadesh (c. 1300 BC)nbsp;pitted the two great warriors of the age against each other, Muwatallish of Hatti and the great warrior-Pharaoh Rameses II. With the Hittites gaining the initial advantage, all seemed lost until Rameses himself led his personal followers into the fray. However, in spite of the appearance of Egyptian reinforcements, the bravery of the pharaoh and the tactically superior showing of the Egyptian chariotry, the dislocation of his army frustrated the Pharaoh's wider strategic aspirations. Mark Healy recounts the course of this key battle, which could so easily have gone either way.
Publisher: London : Osprey Military, 1993.
ISBN: 9781855323001
Characteristics: 96 p. : ill. (some col. ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Qadesh 1300 BC


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Apr 09, 2019

Book blow away the common narrative. Certain self-serving vassals played both sides forcing patron to call them to explain themselves. Book explained why two superpowers chose to battle at certain time over land (hint: strategic trading hub from the Mediterranean sea & Southern & Eastern land routes).
Series of unplanned events precipitated accidental iconic battle between mostly professional army with smaller impressed "foreign mercenary" units against feudal army.
Cold war ended because Assyrian ascendancy scared the Hittite king.


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