The Hydaspes 326 BC

The Limit of Alexander the Great’s Conquests

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The Hydaspes 326 BC

The Limit of Alexander the Great’s Conquests

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The first dedicated examination of Alexander the Great's final battle and acknowledged tactical masterpiece.

In the years that followed Alexander the Great's victory at Gaugamela on 1 October 331 BC, his Macedonian and Greek army fought a truly 'Herculean' series of campaigns in what is today Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. But it was in the Indus Valley, on the banks of the Hydaspes River (known today as the Jhelum) in 326 BC that Alexander would fight his last major battle against King Poros.

Using detailed maps and 3D diagrams, this beautifully illustrated work shows how Alexander used feints and deception to transport a select force from his army across the swollen River Hydaspes without attracting the enemy's attention, allowing his troops the crucial element of surprise. Battlescene artworks and photographs reveal the fascinating array of forces that clashed in the battle, including Indian war elephants and chariots, and horse archers and phalanx formations. Also examined are the differences in weaponry and armour between the opposing sides, which would prove crucial to the outcome. Although a tactical masterpiece, the Hydaspes was the closest that Alexander the Great came to defeat, and was one of the costliest battles fought by his near-exhausted army.

Table of Contents

ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGN
Literary sources
CHRONOLOGY
OPPOSING COMMANDERS
Alexander
Poros
OPPOSING FORCES
Alexander's army
Poros' army
THE BATTLE OF THE HYDASPES
The crossing
The battle
Analysis
AFTERMATH
ABBREVIATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Product details

Published May 23 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472853905
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 389
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Nic Fields

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist b…

Illustrator

Marco Capparoni

Specializing in history and military history, Marc…

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