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Forum LockedHas Alexanders Gedrosia disaster been downplayed in history?

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    Posted: 16-Apr-2006 at 20:57
On his return from India Alexander decided to bypass the territory of the southwest Pakistan and southeast Iran then called Gedrosia with its capitol in Pura. Alexander left his navy 10 supplies and marched into the territory out of need to fully pacify the province and out on the conquest to achieve glory by surpassing Cyrus the Great whos last march through the land ended with only 7 men of his entire escort party having survived. A misscalculation on the part of Alexander and a delay on the part of his Navy(who is said to have incurred attacks from nearby tribes and from natural forces after his leave, this was mentioned by its leader Nearchus) forced Alexander to march into the desert territory incurring more casulaties then in his hole conquest put together. Out of a army of 86,000(counting "camp people"). Barely 20,000 survived the trip, His own Macedonian guard suffered massively and flew from 1700, to 1000. Green, in his historical bio of Alex compared this to Napoleon's march from Moscow in 1812. Alexander's personality in general took a huge toll for this march. The fear and paranoia of being conspired against reached its peak after this due not only to the navy never making it but also from the lack of response he attained from any of the nearby Satrapies.

I have to say this part seems to never even be mentioned by lighter sources. Those who do mention it seem to play it off by stating it was Alexanders intention in order to punish his army. This was not out of character of Alex but it also shows misscalculation on his part for a failure to properly inform himself on the terain. Infact this cost alexander quite the loss of face. He had lost his image of invincibility and later events showed he still needed the army which he had.
Another view is to see it through Alexander's own ambitious need to top everything and all. Alexander knew already that the territory was perilous since he knew the events of Cyrus quite well, yet rather then push him away from the territory he chose his gamble to push through it to further prove his greatness and unlike most of the things in his career, this completely flew back to bite him in the rear. Here Alexander took the challenge and it ended as an incredible failure. A failure that his his prestige and mental state.

I would say if anything, considering Alexander showed he was clearly going against this and its odd, I would say Alex did infact lose a battle in his career. The opponent doesnt have to be a rival general...

(Alexander throws out the moldy water in the soldiers mask to boost the moral of his soldiers)

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