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Alexander the Great fought many battles throughout his life and all held some significance in his long term plans but his first battle against Darius the Persian ruler was very important for both his campaign and his mens morale Although it had a shaky start for Alexander and his men were out numbered Alexander proved once again his prowess on the battlefield eventually forcing Darius to flee In 333BCE Alexander had won his first major battle in Persia at Granicus but he had yet to face the Persian ruler Darius He and his army marched south through Asia Minor conquering cities as Alexander travelled through Phoenicia he passed by and conquered the city of Issus Here he left his sick and wounded to recover which unfortunately turned out to be a poor decision for those left behind As Alexander travelled south on the coastal side of the mountains Darius waited in a strategically chosen location on the far side of the same range waiting for Alexander Unfortunately for Darius Alexander fell ill and his travel was long delayed not to mention he was on the wrong side of the mountains So Darius followed his adisors advice and marched his army across the mountain range to com up behind Alexander Arrian confirms that when Alexander heard the report that Darius was in his rear he did not believe the report He sent a ship back which returned to confirm the information Alexander promptly turned his armies and marched back towards Issus Meanwhile Darius had slaughtered the sick and wounded of Alexanders army all those left at Issus and continued towards Alexander The two armies met across the river Pinarus at a place where Darius could not easily use his numerical advantage In a narrow field between the mediterranean sea and the mountains Alexander lined up his troops in classic battle formationThe Macedonian phalanx stood centre serisas at the ready On their left was the
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