Egyptian and Hittites Warfare Essay

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Personal security of soldiers in armed combat involved developing methods of protecting the body from mortal wounds, thus increasing the survivability rate of one’s forces. The solution for Hittites was body amour and shields. The Hittites body amour was composed of overlapping bronze scales that deflected or trapped arrows. In addition, the Hittites wore bronze helmets as well to protect the head against arrows and blows from axes. For additional protection in close combat, especially from edged weapons, a shield was used to parry attacks. The Hittites favored two types of shields, the circular and figure eight, believed to be utilized by the Chariot squad. Both were lightweight, constructed of wood and overlaid with leather (Bryce (Bryce …show more content…
The Egyptians also were comfortable in the knowledge of their protection against invasion due to their military superiority over their enemies. As a result, they did not participate in the international arms trade of their day, believing that they did not require weapons more advanced than their enemies (Ashington, 2007). “Diplomacy, rather than warfare, seems to have maintained Egypt’s pre-eminence in western Asia in the reign of the pharaohs, Amenhotep II, Thutmose IV, Amenhotep III, and Akhnaten. This is detailed in the archive of state correspondence known as the ‘Amarna Letters’. Besides details of the problems confronting city-states of Syria, Palestine, the letters enumerate the players in the armor and weapons of the international arms trade (Morkot, 2003, p. xl). The self-imposed arms trade isolationism by the Egyptians impacted their military prowess making it obsolete. (Lloyd, 2007) Egypt’s failure to keep up with opposing forces military technology resulted in their tactics and weapons becoming outdated by a thousand years compared to the emerging powers in the region in 1650 BC. (Ancient Discoveries: Egyptian Warfare, 2007). This lack of military readiness proved to be fatal for the Egyptians as it made them a target for acquisition in 1650 B.C. The Hyksos, invaders from the northern city-states of Canaan and Syria, easily conquered Egypt. The

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