The weapons that the Egyptians prefered were made for hunting as well as defence during battle. These included a spear, pole-ax, whip, throw stick, bundles of arrows, a bow, shield, dagger, sword, battle mace, and a khopesh. The officer's choice of weapon was a dagger. The foot soldier would carrier the shields, bows, and arrows (which were the most effective weapon). Clearly, the foot soldiers had the best weapons to choose from. The regular soldiers carried the spear, pole-ax and mace. It sounds like the Egyptians had a variety of weapons, and everyone knew their position.