Thutmose III was thefirst brilliant warrior-pharaoh of the New Kingdom period of Egypt's history who throughout ingenious methods consolidated Egypt's "empire".
He can be chiefly described as warrior, consolidator, administrator and builder. At Megiddo, 330 Syrian princes had gathered, led by the Prince of Kadesh to break free from Egypt. Thutmose knew this could stop the flow of wealth from the region of Egypt. In response, he set out in April of year 25 from his garrison at Gaza in southern Palestine, marching his army north to Megiddo to deal with the princes South of Yehmen; he called together his council of generals to discuss the best way to approach the city.
"The Annals", written by Thutmose's scribes show that Thutmose was a great strategist and the loyalty his followers possessed towards their great leader. Thutmose led his army along the narrow and dangerous Avuna road reaching the King Valley. Here he accepted his general's advice to wait for the rear of the army to arrive before attacking. The following morning the armies of the Syrian princes marched out of Megiddo ready to fight but were shattered by the sight and size of Thutmose's army.
They fled back to the city, leaving their weapons and war chariots on the battlefield. Thutmose's army ignored his orders to follow the Syrians; they were too busy gathering the booty so, Thutmose had to lay siege to the city. Instead of using the traditional method of attacking city walls by ladder, Thutmose demonstrated his true power and wits by ordering his men to dig a moat and build a fence around the city. He knew that this method would be time consuming but it would cost less in lives and money, again showing his worth. Leaving part of his troops to wait for the Syrians to surrender, he marched the rest of his army across the regia as far as Damascus, on the way raiding city-states and collecting their harvest to feed h.