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Battle of Megiddo

The Battle of Megiddo in 1469 B.C. is the first recorded battle in history.

Egyptian Pharoah Thutmosis III led an army of about 10,000 men on a rapid march into central Palestine to quell an organized revolt of Palestine and Syria led by the Hyksos King of Kadesh. The rebellious chieftains assembled an army at Megiddo, sending outposts to hold the Megiddo Pass. But Thutmosis pushed through and scattered the defenders in an attack that he personally led in his chariot. In the valley beyond the rebel army was drawn up on the high ground near the fortress of Megiddo. Thutmosis' southern wing engaged the rebels in a holding attack while he led the northern part of his army and drove between the flank of the rebel army and the fortress. The rebel flank had been exposed and the Egyptians won an overwhelming victory.


Encyclopedia of Military History, Dupuy & Dupuy, 1979