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Watched a prog on UK History (yes they're putting some history progs on now!); about Alexander the Great and the defining battle of Gaugemela. Have to say, he was an inovator who led from the front and never lossed a battle, probably a good candidate for the number one spot? At Gaugemela, Alexander's Army of around 50,000 was outnumbered by five to one; the Persian line stretched for 2.5miles. Interesting, that such history is still taught at Sandhurst and West Point. :?

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Could be argued that "the Leader" shouldn't expose himself, for if slain, this could affect the morale of the troops. :? Alexander's tactic indeed, was to head for the enemy leader, to cut off the head of the snake; as did many commanders in historic battles. :wink: Always considered Hannibal as one of the greats, although as his luitenant (Marhabal) said; "he knew how to win a battle, but not how to use the victory". :cry:

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Nobody knows what the morale of troops would have been like centuries ago, although nobody could dispute the morale of Viking 'berserkers' :wink: .......... Agincourt was a classic example of 'rock bottom' morale for the footsoldiers and archers, especially by the time the actual battle itself came around. Luckily the mud helped :wink:

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