The army that Alexander assembled was itself a marvelous achievement

The army that Alexander assembled was itself a marvelous achievement

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The army that Alexander assembled was itself a marvelous achievement, described by  modern military experts as technically and theoretically near-perfect. The land forces  totaled almost 50,000, broken up into 43,000 infantry, 6,000 cavalry. Four main  components made up the army: native Macedonian soldiers, troops delegated by cities  of the League of Corinth, Greek mercenaries, and divisions from Balkan countries in  alliance with or subject to Macedonia. The Macedonian army itself was divided into four main units, each designed to  complement the others. First was the phalanx, the main body of the army, organized in  about fourteen battalions of 1,500 each, which would engage the enemy and attempt to  create a break in its line. At this point the Companion Cavalry, heavily armed men on  horses, would swoop in where breaks had been successfully created. The most elite 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • greek mercenaries, Macedonian army, native Macedonian soldiers, modern military experts, heavily armed Prodromi, poorly equipped. Philip

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