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Subject: Alexander Campaign 2: the Granicus rss

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Philip Sabin
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Alexander, now the Macedonian king but still only an inspired leader in game terms, advanced boldly across the Granicus river against the numerous but poorly led Persian horsemen. The historical first turn deployments were as shown below.



On turn 2, the Persian left wing horse galloped forward to the riverbank but they were quickly seen off by the longer lances of the Companions. The rest of the Persian cavalry inflicted some losses but suffered much worse themselves, while a stand-off continued on Parmenio's wing.



On turn 3, the Persians managed to inflict considerable damage on the central phalanx as it struggled across the river, and they exploited a good command roll to deploy all of their infantry onto the map. They also shifted some light cavalry from their right into the centre to reinforce their success there. Alexander's wing burst forward from the river, and Parmenio led his Thessalians against the weakened enemy right, attacking all-out and accepting heavy losses but just failing to break the enemy and so pocket the Persian centre.



On turn 4, the Persian centre exploited its reprieve and managed to shatter one phalanx unit. The Persian wings inflicted further damage on the Macedonian cavalry. However, it was not long before Macedonian retribution panicked all of the remaining Persian cavalry and infantry, leaving the Greek mercenary hoplites in a very historical isolated stand atop the ridge.



On turn 5, the Greeks fought on but did not manage to inflict further damage on the encircling Macedonians. The hypaspists accepted some losses in an all-out attack, but they did not quite manage to score the final hit needed to rout the mercenaries.



On turn 6, any Greek hopes of a last ditch success against the weakened phalanx were confounded by a pitiful command roll of 1, and the Macedonians quickly sealed their victory without further loss. They scored 88 victory points as against 77 for the Persians, just barely reaching half of the scenario victory threshold of 21 and so achieving a clear game victory. This balanced out their clear game defeat at 1st Chaeronea, and left both sides level on 7 campaign victory points each after this second battle of the campaign.
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Nice AAR !

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