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Alexander the Great (Osprey Military) [Paperback]

Nicholas Sekunda , John Gibson Warry , Angus McBride
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25 Aug 2004 Osprey Military
One of the most intriguing characters in military history is evaluated with this spectacular volume that explores his command skills, weaponry and tactics and ties it in beautifully with his troubled family history.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (25 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841768936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841768939
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Sekunda has published numerous articles and books on Hellenistic warfare and is a recognised expert on the Macedonian army in particular. John Warry has had a life-long interest in the Greek world and is a respected author on this subject. His contribution to this book is the product of more than five years solid research. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The figures of Napoleon and Alexander stand comparison: both were supremely successful generals, both were short of stature, both dreamed of world conquest, both covered up their failures, and both came to be virtually worshipped. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander at War 1 July 2008
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Alexander the Great was arguably the greatest military strategist and warrior in history. In this book, Nick Sekunda, an expert on Ancient Greek and Persian Warfare, and John Warry a scholar on the late-Hellenistic World, bring about several years worth of original research on the army and military campaigns of Alexander.

Essentially this book is a combination of two seperate titles - 'The Army of Alexander the Great' by Sekunda, and 'Alexander 334-323 BC' by Warry - both of which are published seperately by Osprey Military Publishing.

The first book is a fascinating look at the development of the Macedonian army, it's equipment, training and military units, from the famous Companion Cavalry to the Prodromoi, Pezhetairoi phalangists and the silver shield Hypaspists. It also covers Alexander's mercenary contingents and other topics such as logistics, organisation, tactics and the army on the march.

Nick Sekunda brings some new archaeological research to this section, claiming that by studying paint samples from classical statues, we can determine what colour were the uniforms of Alexander's army. What we end up with is some questionable (although excellently drawn) colour plates by Angus McBride, which shows Alexander's soldiers in pink helmets, with purple, yellow and blue stripped armour. I personally doubt that Alexander's army would have been so colourful, and later illustrations by Geiger in the second book show them in more realistic and sombre tones.

The Second book by Warry covers Alexander's military campaigns, giving us an overview of the opposing forces, as well as their armies and commanders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of Alexander's Army and Military Tactics 1 May 2007
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There are several great books about Alexander that focus on his astonishing military career but they tend to be scholarly and difficult for the Alexander novice to take in. If you want to get a general overview with lots of illustrations, maps, and photos, then this is the book for you. Alexander the Great has been and remains a lot of different things to different people, but one thing that the great majority can agree on is that he was one amazing general and military commander.

This book focuses on Alexander's army and how it was developed under his father - King Philip II, the weaponry used by the Macedonian army, the campaigns of Alexander in Asia, and a fairly detailed analysis of all the major battles and sieges with colorful maps and illustrations. Seminal titles from military historians like J.F.C. Fuller, Theodore A. Dodge, and Peter G. Tsouras go more in-depth in their analysis of Alexander's military strategies and tactics but they require a lot of imagination and involvement on the readers' part to visualize what happened.

The detailed maps give you a good idea of the scope of the battles and the extent of Alexander's amazing campaigns through Asia. When you consider that the army formations at the front line often stretched well over a mile you get an idea of how massive these battles were. It's really hard to envision leading an army without radio communications into a field that would cover several square miles and the chaos ensuing within, but that's exactly what these battles were like. What is truly amazing is that no one in the history of warfare quite had the spectacular success that Alexander had.

Even with all this information from books such as these, it's hard to pinpoint what made Alexander so successful when so many others have failed miserably or barely made out of battles alive. Alexander not only won these battles against much larger opponents, but he won decisively in routs in which the enemies suffered over 10 times the casualties that Alexander's armies suffered. You look at the battle results and simply go, "Wow! But how?!?" This book gives you a starting point towards understanding Alexander as an unparalleled military commander. If you want an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand book about Alexander's military achievements, this is definitely the book to get you started.
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