Kadesh 1274 BC – Oldest Battle in History DOCUMENTARY

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Kings and Generals animated historical documentary series on the ancient battles continues with the oldest Battle in history – the battle of Kadesh of 1274 BC fought between Egypt led by Ramesses and the Hittites led by Muwatalli II in the later part of the Bronze Age.

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  1. Wikiℹ️: The Battle of Kadesh took place between the forces of the New Kingdom of Egypt under Ramesses II and the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli II at the city of Kadesh on the Orontes River, just upstream of Lake Homs near the modern Lebanon–Syria border. The battle is generally dated to 1274 BC from the Egyptian chronology, and is the earliest pitched battle in recorded history for which details of tactics and formations are known. It is believed to have been the largest chariot battle ever fought, involving between 5,000 and 6,000 chariots in total.

  2. For me this war reminds me of byzantine and sassanid war both being unsuccessful in their attempts leading to weakness that was later used by foreign parties (Muslim caliphate in this example) leading to collapse of both empires in relatively short time.

  3. Comparing this battle with how the Mongols strategically lured those in pursuit of them with distractions for looting, this unexpected diversion came to be the benefit of the Egyptians.

  4. An excellent visual and oral explanation of the well known battle of Qadesh, as well as the political framework. Frankly, much better than many a book I have read on the event!

  5. A very entertaining video ! The way you both describe the details of the battle and contextualize the whole story is most valuable, well structured and should be underlined. The course of the military engagement as such might be open for discussion due to the age of the sources, but you had to make a choice and your hypotheses are holding up !

  6. Couldnt you say Megiddo was covered in detail. Being that it explains how Tuthmose III choose one of three paths, which should have been suicidal but ultimately was the right path to flank the Armies of the King of Kadesh.

  7. The Hyksos were the ancient Hebrews. Its been proven that the descriptions of Hyksos and their time in northern Egypt coincide with the presence of the Hebrews before the Exodus. So much for being "Asiatic"!

  8. Ramesses may have been concerned about securing his lines of supply and communications, and then planning to leave small garrisons of untrained levies as the main bodies then went north to join the main army. That would have been smart if they weren't secure. His mistake was pushing his own division to Kadesh so quickly, leaving it vulnerable to ambush, as was apparently the case. We will never know how he would have organized and utilized his full army on the field, but I would guess he would have had the advantage with his faster and more mobile chariots.

  9. 1300BC, there was no such thing as Syria, it was the land of Aram and the coast line was Phoenicia, the port cities that you have mentioned were Phoenician cities. Rookie documentation sorry to say

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