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All of the airplane from the Gulf conflict are featured during this illustrated research of the hi-tech machines flown by way of the world's air forces. The publication may be of curiosity to modellers in addition to specialist and civilian scholars of recent aviation

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14 T H E MASK OF COMMAND embarking the Continental Army in the ships of the new-born United States Navy to voyage south, clear Mexico of Spanish troops, garrison the West Indies with Virginians or New Englanders and make a landing on the shores of South America. Then, victorious in Peru, he crosses the Andes, defeats the Spanish army of the east, and expires on the approaches to the empire of Brazil. Thus is it just possible to grasp how extraordinary was the career of Alexander the Great. The distances and obstacles of either enterprise defeat the imagination - and they have, indeed, no parallel in any reality except that of Alexander's own life.

All in all, the heavy infantry of the expeditionary army probably numbered some 9,000. Cavalry and Foot Companions were drawn from the nucleus of the Macedonian nation. But they were not the only elements of Alexander's army of conquest. There were also light cavalry, mainly recruited from Macedonia's neighbours - Thracians, Paeonians and a group called 'scouts' of mixed stock - which operated on the flanks of the Comjpanions against the enemy's light troops. Neighbours also provided contingents of light infantry, notably the Agrianians, Alexander's loyal allies in his Balkan wars.

A climax of the campaign was at hand. Darius had marched up from Babylon (near modern Baghdad) with 140,000 men, planning to confront Alexander in Cilicia. The young king was successfully subduing the hill tribes which controlled the passes, in a brisk passage of irregular warfare, when he heard of the emperor's approach. The general engagement he had sought since entering Asia clearly impended and he felt as confident of winning as Darius of defeating him. But two means of bringing it about presented themselves: he might either await battle on the border of Cilicia or move southward into Syria so as to place himself across Darius's rear.

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