Ancient Egypt - The Battle of Megiddo

Updated: Feb 10


When Hatshepsut died, Tuthmosis III became pharaoh and immediately set his eyes on the Levant and opened up his Near Eastern Campaign.


The Egyptian Army

The military was now, since the Middle Kingdom, a standing army. It consisted of three components. At the top was the chariot corps, the elite military unit. Introduced by the Hyksos, these chariots were light, maneuverable, and pulled by two horses. The chariots were basically platforms for archers and were the main weapon of battle. Each carried a driver and an archer. Unfortunately, they broke down often.


The second component of the army was another elite corp, the archers. They marched with the infantry and were sometimes Nubian mercenaries. As noted before, Nubians were highly skilled bowmen.