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Alexander was a great military genius and elements of this were his speed of movement his military tactics and ability to adapt and a charismatic and inspiring quality of leadership Obviously he was lucky to have the highly trained and experienced Macedonian army behind him Alexander led from the front and although this was undoubtedly an inspiration to his troops he took foolhardy risks displaying his irresponsibly at the same time It is much harder to evaluate Alexander as a statesman He had only just finished conquering his empire and many of his administration could be seen as only temporary however from Alexanders policies and actions the evidence points to his lack of foresight and judgement in areas unrelated to warfare The view that Alexander was a brilliant military tactician is undoubted Napoleons verdict suffices In the space of twelve years Alexanders conquests stretched from Macedon to the Punjab region in India The few scholars who have doubted have either believed the fantastic legend that makes the Persian armies huge useless mobs or have suggested that his success was due to Parmenion and his Companions Alexander started of course with the advantages of Philips army but Parmenions death made no apparent difference as Diodorus tells of Alexanders consolidation of his fathers gains Alexander brought everything into order impressively and swiftly This shows candidly that even early on Alexander was a capable soldier in his own right Alexander met every opponent with different but appropriate tactics he handled the unknown foe--desert Turcomans Indian hill-tribes Porus elephants--with the same certainty as Greek hoplites or Persian cavalry CAH p 425 In logistical skills and planning Alexander had a superb appreciation of the value of speed and mobility of the army He taught the principle of march divided fight united Arrian makes several mentions of Alexanders practice of splitting his forces This helped to increase the armys chances of provisioning his men and animals As a leader he was
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