- Feb 2011
- Kitchener. Ont.
Some of the ancient sources do warn that to attack Egypt from the sea was a very dangerous undertaking. Foreigners sailing against Egypt would run aground on the ever shifting sandbanks, and if they managed to survive these, they could fall victim to piracy from the inhabitants of the many islands on the periphery of the Delta.To attack Egypt from the Mediterranean Sea has never been difficult in ancient times. The point is that Egypt has got only one "highway" to reach the centers of power ... River Nile. And along that "highway" Egyptians had organized a hell of strongholds and fortresses.
Egyptian defenses were deep inside the Delta, the outer regions were unstable. The most likely defendable positions would be at harbors.
One of the other considerations is, that sea-going vessels require a deep draft to remain stable in open sea, but vessels with a deep draft cannot penetrate the inner waterways of the Delta. Flat bottomed, or shallow draft vessels are required to manouver into the Delta.
Enemy forces have no ability to change their vessels to attack Egypt, which is probably why none of them did.