one of the Syrian campaigns of Tuthmosis III, the city of Joppa
was captured by the Egyptians - this was achieved by one of Tuthmosis
III's generals - Djehuty. It was the capture of Joppa that would
give Djehuty national fame at the time and a story that echoes
of the story of 'Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves'.
of the city, and Djehuty's later rewards from Tuthmosis III,
were documentated on the Papyrus Harris 500 (now housed in the
the Egyptians attempted a direct assault upon the walls of Joppa,
which failed - Djehuty then smuggled 200 of his soldiers who
were hidden in baskets, the soldiers guarding the city of Joppa
were made to believe that the baskets contained treasure captured
by the Prince of Joppa. Once it was dark the Egyptian soldiers
emerged from their baskets, opened the city gates allowing the
city to be taken.
HERE to read the full text of the taking of Joppa.