on 25 August 2008
John Warry's 'Alexander' is one of Osprey's first ever campaign titles. As a result it's rather obsolete, considering Osprey's already releasing campaign titles on Alexander's battles such as Granicus etc.
The book is also missing some of those other features that make up modern 'Osprey Campaigns' such as computer generated 3D maps, and full colour 'battle' plates.
That said, this is still a good read and a useful introduction to Alexander's campaigns against Persia and India. The book covers Alexander's main engagements including the Granicus, Issus, the siege of Tyre, Gaugamela and the Hydaspes. The book also mentions Alexander's other shorter campaigns, from the Bactrian years to the fighting after the Issus.
The book's main emphasis though is on the Siege of Tyre, the Battle of Gaugamela and the Battle of the Hydaspses River. These sections include hand drawn and coloured 3D maps, which display the troop movements during each battle. A number of other tactical maps are included throughout the book, but these are rather poor, considering they lack any detail.
Richard Geiger provides some original colour artwork, which displays the soldiers of the period, from Indian archers and elephants, to Persian Immortals and Alexander's own troops. These are by no way as great as Angus McBride's or Richard Hook's art, but they still do the job rather well. McBride's artwork does appear in one section, although it's actually a scene from a previous book about the Scythians.
Other illustrations include line drawings from 19th century books, but curiously there are no photographs of the modern sites of the battles. The only photographs that are included are a few black and white ones of Macedonian coins.
Overall, this is a good short introductory title to Alexander's military campaigns against Persia and India. It might not be as in-depth as your typical Osprey Campiagn title (considering it's covering several battles instead of one) but it's still a solid book nonetheless.