The Hittites

The Hittites

There was morning, the king, accompanied by his generals and their children, on the morning of day 9 of the third month of the summer of 1300 a. C (This is the original dating of the testimonies collected) a The next morning, started the course of hostilities. Ramses moved his divisions in a hurry, moving parallel to the city from the west and north. The Hittites, in turn, were mobilized while the Egyptians, but this time flanking the city from the east and south. With the city between them, the Egyptians did not see the fast-moving hitting, he longed for the ambush. Cleverly, Muwatallish II prepares a distracting maneuver: Send alleged deserters soldiers who captured the Egyptian field, a confiesana that the enemy is far north of where they really were. Ramses, skeptical, ordering torture. When he finally confessed, the fiery Pharaoh realizes he has been deceived and that he has no time to organize its various units.

a At that time the enemy, hidden behind the grass and reeds near the river, launch a deadly offensive. Ramses can not believe what is happening. Sort desperately defending but the brutal onslaught of cars Hittites, much heavier but less maneuverable than the Egyptians, ruthlessly crushes Egyptian units. The Egyptian infantry, scattered by the offensive, it is quickly annulled and low reactive power directs his effort to procure the salvation of the units and Amun Ra, where is the pharaoh, who resists with all his might. The divisions that came after, Ptah and Sutekh name, ignore the danger that is about to fall and continue forward.


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