Alexander The Great

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The spectacular career of Alexander the Great represented a watershed in military history. After the assassination of his father, King Philip II, Alexander took command of a newly united kingdom that combined the military might of Macedonia and Greece. Perfecting new weapons and tactics pioneered by King Philip, the young Alexander led his forces into Asia, conquering the Persian Empire and campaigning across the face of the known world. This book examines the structure and organization of Alexander's ...
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Overview

The spectacular career of Alexander the Great represented a watershed in military history. After the assassination of his father, King Philip II, Alexander took command of a newly united kingdom that combined the military might of Macedonia and Greece. Perfecting new weapons and tactics pioneered by King Philip, the young Alexander led his forces into Asia, conquering the Persian Empire and campaigning across the face of the known world. This book examines the structure and organization of Alexander's world-beating army, and traces the course of his epic campaigns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762896400
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Book 1 Alexander's Army
Introduction 7
Philip's Army 8
The Court
The Royal Pages
The Bodyguards Command and Communication
Administration
The Cavalry 18
Organisation and Tactics
Cavalry Equipment Companion Cavalry
Thessalian Cavalry
The Allied Horse
The Prodromoi
Thracian Cavalry The Mercenary Cavalry
The Infantry 27
Organisation and Tactics
On the March
Infantry Equipment
The Foot Companions
The Hypaspists The Later Army Greek Infantry
Light Infantry
The Plates 49
Further Reading
Book 2 Alexander's Campaigns
Persia, Greece and Macedon 54
The Rise of Macedon
Alexander in Charge
Armies and Commanders 60
Men and Weapons
War Aims and Strategies
The Battle of Granicus 66
Alexander's Tactics
The First Victory
After the Granicus 75
The Battle of Issus 78
March and Counter-March
Face to Face The Tides of Battle
After Issus 87
The Siege of Tyre 89
Naval Operations
The Breaching of the Wall Egyptian Interlude
The Battle of Gaugamela 101
The Advance to Gaugamela
Into Battle Ultimate Victory
The Bactrian Years 116
The Battle of the Hydaspes 118
Night Operations
The Indian Reaction The Defeat of Porus
Back to Babylon 128
After Alexander 133
Glossary 135
The Battlefields Today 137
Chronology 138
A Guide to Further Reading 139
Index 140
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