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Tango0122 May 2017 11:56 a.m. PST

"Ramses II versus Muwatallis II: A Hittite army under Muwatallis ambushes part of an Egyptian army under Ramses as it is strung out in march formation. The various Egyptian divisions are divided and unaware of the unfolding disaster. How will Ramses rally his army and meet the Hittite attack…"
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VVV reply Inactive Member22 May 2017 2:06 p.m. PST

We ran it as a wargame, 20 years ago now
My suggestion as to why the Hittite infantry was not committed
"Because the Hittites operated on a federated basis, most of their army would be allied rather than under direct command. A battle that resulted in heavy losses to their own side could prompt allies to split from the empire, so that even a victory could be seen as a defeat. However by using a fast moving chariot attack to overwhelm one of the advancing Egyptian army corps, the Pharaoh could be forced to acknowledge the weakness of his position and withdraw, with only minimal losses to the Hittites. "

tkdguy25 May 2017 12:07 a.m. PST

I did a report on this battle in college.

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