The Battle of Hydaspes
(Jhelum) 326 BC

Alexandrian Imperial vs. Classical Indian

By Martin Myers
(aka Diades II)

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The battle named after the river (Hydaspes or Jhelum depending upon which historian's view you want to follow) was the last of Alexander's major set-piece battles and one of the bloodiest. Alexander had finally mastered the Persian Empire and was expanding into India, allegedly searching for World's End. His opposition was Porus and the conflict represented the Macedonian phalanx's test by war elephant.

A stand-off had been achieved across the river, which was too difficult to cross opposed. For days Alexander had moved portions of his troops up and down the river hoping to catch Porus unawares. Eventually Alexander and his favored high-speed troops managed a crossing, whilst Craterus had kept Porus busy with the bulk of the Macedonian army. Porus got wind of the situation reasonably early and dispatched his son (in some accounts his brother) to hold Alexander in place whilst Porus mobilized his forces. The threat of Craterus crossing with the remainder of the Macedonian army was ever present.

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Last Update:  12 Sept. 2009

Thanks to Martin Myers for contributing this scenario.
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