Archaeology Odyssey 1:2, Spring 1998

In Pharaoh’s Footsteps

History repeats itself in General Allenby’s 1918 march on Megiddo

By Eric H. Cline

Horses whinny softly, stamping nervously as their riders mount up in the chilly predawn air. The day’s mission looms ahead: a dangerous trek straight up the Wadi ’Ara and through the narrow Musmus Pass, then a quick dash across the Plain of Esdraelon to engage the enemy controlling ancient Megiddo, a city on a hill that commands the main road from Egypt to the Euphrates.

The year is 1479 B.C., and the army marching on Canaanite Megiddo is Egyptian, led by Pharaoh Thutmose III.

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