Granicus 334 BC

Granicus 334 BC

Alexander’s First Persian Victory

Campaign 182
  • Author: Michael Thompson
  • Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • Short code: CAM 182
  • Publication Date: 4 Jul 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846030994
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

Granicus River was Alexander's first great victory over the Persians, where he demonstrated the heroic style of active and decisive leadership that was the hallmark of his career. In the initial engagement, Alexander's 5,000 cavalry, supported by archers and javelin men, routed a force of 20,000 Persian cavalry This convincing victory was the springboard for the subjugation of the coastal cities, the neutralisation of the Persian navy and ultimately the conquest of the Persian Empire. Exploring the courageous leadership of one of the world's most inspirational yet ruthless leaders, this book provides a detailed analysis of the battle, strategy and tactics of the forces engaged.

Biographical Note

Michael Thompson has a Masters Degree in ancient history from Oxford, where he wrote a thesis on the political and military career of the Hellenistic monarch Demetrius Poliorcetes (the ‘Besieger'). He also has degrees in philosophy from universities in the United States. He has had a long interest in military history, including academic work, archaeology and gaming. He currently lives in Oxford, UK. Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service with 1st Bn, Queen's Royal Regiment, he became art editor of the much-praised magazine Finding Out during the 1960s. He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation has illustrated more than 50 Osprey titles. Richard is married and lives in Sussex.


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