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Subject: ABD1-Kadesh rss

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Harvey Dearden
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Spoiler alert: This report gives my findings on how this scenario
plays out. If you prefer to discover this for yourself, look away now...

Since this was an ambush, it seems appropriate that the Hittites should
have the initiative on the first turn and elect to activate first.

Initial set up:

The powerful range combat capability of the camps is a distinct feature.

Since the Egyptians start with 1VP and have reinforcements arriving
(making the prospect of a VP from ‘glorious slaughter’ of Egyptian units a
remote prospect), the capture of the Egyptian camp is a critical objective
for the Hittites.

The Hittites need to hit hard, and hit fast.

With their first move they need to get across the river in force. Notice
that it is important to maintain contiguous units across the river if the
formation is not to be split:

The Hittite infantry have little opportunity for involvement, their being
no time to get them across the river. They may be used to screen chariot
units from range combat from the hostile camp.

Given the poor combat capability of disordered chariot units (1), there is
a corresponding difficulty in rallying them as part of an attempt to rally
a formation.

With capture of the Egyptian camp there is a good prospect of a draw.

Both armies are relatively vulnerable to panic, particularly since they
each have a single leader that may be eliminated. This,
understandably,could be the deciding factor.

The wooden bridge at K6 does not seem to play any part in the scenario.
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