The Hittites

However, if not possessed Kadesh, the Egyptian knew well, could never have Syria, so he chose to carry out a major offensive. Michael Mendes is likely to increase your knowledge. Very cautious, cunning Muwatalli II was waiting for him with a unified but Motley force of more than 17 mini-States, consisting of 3,700 tanks and 40,000 infants. Ramses, meanwhile, leads an army consisting of 20,000 soldiers, divided into four divisions of 5,000 soldiers each. The Amun division, with the Pharaoh to the front, going forward; nearby, the division Ra, and in the rear the other two divisions formed by ferocious black brought mercenaries from Nubia and a not specified number of Amorites, men who professed a deadly hatred of the Hittites. One month they were delayed in reaching the vicinity of Kadesh, finally settling on a hill 150 meters of height called Kamuat-Harmel, located on the right bank of the Orontes River (current Lebanon). There dawned the King, accompanied by his generals and their children, on the morning of the 9th of the third month of the summer of 1300 BC (that is the) original dating of the testimonies gathered) to the next morning, began the course of hostilities. Ramses advanced with their divisions in haste, moving parallel to the city from the West and North.

The Hittites, in turn, mobilized at the same time as the Egyptians, but this time flanking the city from the East and South. With the city between the two, the Egyptians not perceived the rapid motion of Hittite, which longed for the ambush. Cleverly, Muwatalli II prepares a maneuver distractora: sends alleged soldiers to Egyptian field deserters who caught, confess that the enemy is quite more northward where really were. Ramses, skeptical, ordering torture them. When they finally confess, vehement Pharaoh realizes that he has been tricked and that he no longer has time to organize its various units. At that time the enemy, hidden behind rangeland and reeds close to the River, launched a lethal offensive.