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4.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of Qadesh, 19 July 2008
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This review is from: Qadesh, 1300BC: Clash of the Warriors (Osprey Military Campaign) (Paperback)
The Battle of Qadesh is the earliest and most detailed account we have of a battle in human history. A few other earlier battles were recorded in ancient texts, but none of them were as detailed as the account we have of this clash between the Egyptians and Hittites, the two superpowers of the Bronze Age Near East.

Mark Healey gives us an overview of this epic battle. He sets the scene by describing the historical background to the battle, with a look at the opposing commanders, Pharaoh Rameses II and the King of Hatti, Muwatallish. He then provides a look at the armies of the two Empires, with a look at chariot and infantry divisions and the command structure of the two sides.

With the scene set, he provides a detailed account of the Battle. He questions many of the contradictions in the Egyptian account of the battle. He believes that the Hittite chariot attack on the marching column of P'Re was less a surprise ambush, but more of a debacle by Muwatallish's scouts, who were actually in search of the Egyptian army and not in waiting to spring an ambush. Each section of the battle is portrayed in detailed 3D bird's eye-view maps, which show the movements of each army.

The book is well written and illustrated. It provides modern black and white photographs of the battlefield, as well as illustrations of the Egyptian and Hittite army by Angus McBride. These illustrations come from other titles in Osprey Publishing's books. Sadly there is no original art work, and certainly no colour plates illustrating the battle. Perhaps Osprey can provide an updated reprint in the future.

Overall this is not a bad book. If you are curious about this early battle, then this book is the best title available on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new examination of the infamous battle, 3 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Qadesh, 1300BC: Clash of the Warriors (Osprey Military Campaign) (Paperback)
This is another of Osprey Publishing's informative historical overview books - this piece on the famous Battle of Kadesh between the Egyptian forces under Ramesses II the Great and the Hittites led by Muwatallis transcends informative and educational to become a genuinely interesting and pretty in depth examination. Healy explains the battle manoeuvres in detail yet clearly, but also discusses the events leading up to the conflict and why Kadesh was so strategically important. The book is chock full of photographs, illustrations, and battle tactics maps which go a long way in illuminating possibly the most well-known confrontation of world powers in the Bronze Age outside of the siege of Troy - the status of which as myth of history still remains up for grabs.

Moreover, Healy doesn't just summarise and explain, but critically analyses the evidence and past interpretations of the battle to present the version of events that he believes to have been most likely and why - against more commonly held versions. The one thing I didn't agree with was Healy's higher chronology - in my Egyptology degrees the lower chronology has always been presented to us as more likely, however Healy was writing in 1993, and also I keep in mind that current research into the Battle of Kadesh may have moved on since then - however that doesn't in my mind, unless more recent research has proven otherwise, invalidate his convincingly argued interpretations and conclusions about the way the Battle of Kadesh really unfolded. The book is still fairly short and no doubt more could be said, however this is an excellent starting place, and provides not only summary but well-argued interpretation as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you back to the dawn of warfare, 19 Feb 2004
This review is from: Qadesh, 1300BC: Clash of the Warriors (Osprey Military Campaign) (Paperback)
Great book to start ones Osprey Campaign collection with.
Takes one back to the dawn of recorded warfare with good text and great illustrations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The clash of two superpowers and of two kings, 7 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Qadesh, 1300BC: Clash of the Warriors (Osprey Military Campaign) (Paperback)
A decent title in the Osprey series.

Deals decently and with good focus on the subject.

Here we have the first recorded battle in history, the clash of two superpowers of the time, the clash of two great king in northern Syria.
After a good half of background description, scene setup, and political context, the author describes the battle with great help from the Egyptian records (from Ramses). The Hittites do not have much attention in this book and you may have the feeling that they are the enemies are the Egyptians the good guys.

The 3d view are very good and really clarify the battle unfolding.

Well explained by the author is that "we still dont know much" about this battle. For example, the number of chariots involved is still not know for certain as explained. the author brillantly make a point that the numbers of warriors were probably rather limited given the timescale for crossing narrow river crossings, etc.

In the end, the author seems to think that this was actually a Hittite victory since Ramses's forces are brought to a halt and are actually in the following years stuck dealing with rebellions in the near east.

I enjoyed this book. The colours plate were very good and detailed and maps very clear. Not many negative points overall.
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