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The Army of Alexander the Great (Paperback)

Ancient History > Alexander the Great Military

By Dr Stephen English
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 20 Illustrations
ISBN: 9781399013864
Published: 7th July 2021
Last Released: 23rd November 2022


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Alexander the Great is one of the most famous men in history, and many believe he was the greatest military genius of all time (Julius Caesar wept at the feet of his statue in envy of his achievements). Most of his thirteen year reign as king of Macedon was spent in hard campaigning which conquered half the known world, during which he was never defeated in open battle and never besieged a city he did not take. Yet, while biographies of Alexander abound, there are relatively few full-length books dedicated to the Macedonian army which made his dazzling conquests possible and which proved itself the most formidable machine of the age.

Stephen English investigates every aspect of the Macedonian forces, analysing the recruitment, equipment, organisation, tactics, command and control of the fighting arms (including the famous pike phalanxes, elite Hypaspists and incomparable Companion cavalry),Some of Alexander's most famous battles and sieges are described in detail to show the army in action. With forensic thoroughness he draws on recent archaeological evidence and scholarship to present a detailed portrait of the army which demonstrated a superiority over its opponents equal to (but much longer-lasting than) that enjoyed by the German forces in the blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939/40. Alexnader's navy is also covered.

The author brings every element of Alexander's troops to light in this new book. He covers the army's recruitment, weapons, and armor. He also discusses at length its organization, tactics, and capabilities. Each chapter of the book explores a different aspect of the Macedonian army. Even the relatively unknown Greek naval forces are given detailed examination, as are Alexander's key allies

Military Heritage Magazine

The introduction prepares you for what is you are about to read, it highlights the direction and structure well. The reading is light but informative, Stephen English’s pace is easily matched.

Groovy Historian

About Dr Stephen English

Dr Stephen English attained his PhD in Classics from Durham University, his thesis being on the military career of Alexander the Great. He is the author of The Army of Alexander the GreatThe Sieges of Alexander the GreatThe Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great and Mercenaries in the Classical World. He lives in County Durham.

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