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After the success of Chaeronea, the second battle of this campaign is an account of Granicus 334BC.
Following the assassination of Alexander's father, Philip II of Macedon, and the subsequent consolidation of Alexander's Macedonian positions, he set out into Asia in 334 BC.
He crossed the Hellespont from Sestos to Abydos, and advanced up the road to Dascylium, which was the capital of the Satrapy of Phrygia. The various satraps of the Persian empire gathered with their forces at the town of Zelea and offered battle on the banks of the Granicus River.
With that, the opening deployment of the armies
Greeks Turn 2 FV=54 Command=5+4
Caught by surprise, the Levy Light Infantry and Hoplites started undeployed. The Greek cavalry launch an attack against Alexander. Scoring a total of two hits, one against the average light cavalry and the second hit against the veteran infantry.
In the Greek Center the cavalry charge but are held back by the phalanx and no hits are scored.
Not wanting to be bogged down in the river, the Greek cavalry on the right center hold back, in an attempt to pin the Macedonian cavalry the levy light cavalry attack, leaving the levy heavy in reserve. No result.
Macedonian Turn 2 FV=84 Command=8+3
The initial shock has worn of on the Greeks, and Alexander must act fast to be able to achieve victory. Ordering the heavy cavalry on the right flank they struggle to gain the momentum required. They score a single hit against the Levy cavalry, with the pressure applied the Macedonian Phalanx are ordered to attack, the tight formation starts to push the Greek cavalry back, with an astounding three hits.
Parmenio pushes his men forward.
Alexander pushes his men on to meet the Greek Cavalry. The infantry manage to score a hit from an all out attack. With Alexanders heavy guard unit inflicting another hit.
Greeks Turn 3 FV=55 Command=6+3
The Greek flank is re-enforced by the Levy Heavy Cavalry in a hope to hold the Veteran Cavalry just a bit longer. The Greek's seeing the new Macedonia forces entering the river decide to launch the attack, succeeding with three hits, quite a blow. The Greek center, also attacks but does not succeed.
Finally hoping to push Alexander back they push hard once again into the Macedonian line, the fight continues with no hits.
The Greek right flank is re-enforced with the cavalry.
Macedonian Turn 3 FV=84 Command=8+1
Launching a counter attack the cavalry on the Macedonian flank attack once again. Success, scoring three hits shattering the Greek cavalry
Parmenio holds his own by striking back with two hits.
The Phalanx start to push hard against the Greek cavalry once again, breaking three units. Holding on though one unit remains.
Alexander pushes against the Greek line, shattering one unit and routing three more. Alexander seizes the moment and advances into the Greek left center.
Greeks Turn 4 FV=31 Command=3+5
Needing to re-enforce the Greek hoplites move onto the field after being delayed. Along with the Levy light infantry.
Holding there own against Parmenio, they cavalry gather the strength to carry on, but its not meant to be failing to score any result.
The last cavalry in the center tries to hold just a little longer pushing the Phalanx back into the river.
Macedonian Turn 4 FV=84 Command=8+5
With the flank broken, the Macedonian cavalry move to pin the freshly arrived hoplites, Alexander knowing that Parmenio is faltering he renews his attack, but struggles and only lands a single blow.
The center makes one final push into the Greek cavalry but is held in place.
Greeks Turn 5 FV=31 Command=3+5
The Greek hoplites counter attack against Alexander, forcing the heavy Infantry to fall back into line after taking a hit, Alexander now moves to the front but the remaining attacks miss.
The struggle for the center continues and another hit against the Phalanx, the Levy light infantry re-enforce the center, hoping to break Parmenio the cavalry attack once again but the battle rages on with no blows landed.
Macedonian Turn 5 FV=84 Command 8+(no roll needed)
Parmenio finally finds his courage, striking hard and landing two hits.
The phalanx at this critical moment turn the tide breaking through the cavalry and routing a unit of Levy infantry. The remaining Levy light infantry withdraw with haste.
The morale of the Greeks break, sending the remaining troops from the field, with only the brave hoplites remaining can they do anything.
Greeks Turn 6 FV=09 Command=1+3
The hoplites attack with one last blow, Alexander tries to rally his me and is thrown from his horse but manages to avoid being killed.
Macedonian Turn 6 FV=84 Commands 8+(End of game)
The heavy cavalry push hard against the Greek hoplites, grinding them down with a single hit
Alexander makes one last push, breaking the Greek hoplite formations.
Alexander has won the day, but at what cost....
(42 points) Shattered Units
(6 points) Spent Units
(33 points) Routed Units
(4 points) Withdrawn Units
Total = 85
(44 points) Spend Units
(37 points) Handicap Difference
Total Points = 81
Victory Threshold = 40-19 = 21
Macedonian Difference = 85-81 = 4
Narrow Macedonian Victory!
Current Campaign Score
Macedonia: 9 points
Greek States: 6 points
Just one correction to note. Since the Persians have not been surprised, the undeployed hoplites as well as the LLI should have been restricted to arriving in the single Persian rear zone as per rule 11.4. This is to prevent players using undeployed units as an unrealistically flexible reserve force.
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Re: The battle of Granicus 334BC - Greeks vs Macedonia - Alexanders Campaign
Ah that is my bad wording on the description notes, basically I meant that I was holding them back in reserve ready to re-enforce the line.
Will make sure I am more careful on the words I choose. Thanks for pointing it out though.
So just to check that all of the units, LLI & AHO should have arrived together in the same tile at the same time? So a total of 6 units as a single group?
Or are you saying that I have to designate the one tile when I first activate the undeployed troops, and that is where they will arrive regardless how fast I bring them on?
I.e I could choose to bring on the Hoplites first from the rear center tile, but when the LLI arrive they come in on the same tile not another one?
Alas one of those small rules I seemed to have missed Will remember this one for next time.
The only place that units in an unsurprised army may enter after turn 1 (the turn on which the army as a whole deploys) is in the central rear tile, facing forwards. There is no choice or need for pre-designation, but the units may enter separately and at different times if desired. Note that, when using historical deployments, this only affects Granicus and Bibracte.
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hmm, having read your AAR and the confusing title i must protest to set things correctly.
Greeks Turn 2...In the Greek Center the cavalry charge but are held back by the phalanx and no hits are scored...The Greek's seeing the new Macedonia forces entering the river decide to launch the attack...etc etc
First of all its not Greeks against Macedonia, its the Persian Empire against the combined Greek forces under the League of Corinth a.k.a. Hellenic League and the Macedonian army lead by Alexander.
At the battle of Granicus under the persian banner fought some 5000 Greek mercenary hoplites against Alexander's forces and they fought hard, you said that "the Greek cavalry launch an attack against Alexander" this is quite misleading and unhistorical and the whole description is as only Greeks are fighting against Alexander and his Greek combined forces. !!! What is the case here? Aren’t any Persians around?
Then why when Alexander won at Granicus immediately after the battle sent 300 panoplies to the temple of Pallas Athena in Athens, with the following inscription.
“ Alexander,son of Philip, and the Hellenes, except the Lacedaemonians, from the barbarians inhabiting Asia ” as it is described here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Corinth where is the Macedonian people? They are inside the "Hellenes" word because they are Greeks.
For the Greeks Macedonia was always a leaf of the hellenic tree as Cretans, Spartans, Athenians, Thracians etc are, not a separate state, it was the Athenian Demosthenes and his hate against the Macedonic kingdom that confused the historians, a hate that is still confusing the modern world and your AAR is contributing to that side.
It wasn’t my indent to argue with you but since i read everywhere that the Greeks did that and Greeks fought there, without any reference to the Persian side...eh patience has its limits.