Having gained control over all of the known civilized world, Alexander ventured into India in 326 BC. He met resistance from Porus at the River Hydaspes. Porus’ large corps of 200 elephants thwarted all of Alexander’s attempts to cross the river. Learning that a large force was moving to reinforce Porus, Alexander decisively divided his army, and secretly crossed up-river with the majority of the Macedonian troops. Craterus remained in place with a large detachment to deceive the Indians. Upon receiving the startling news that Alexander had crossed the Hydaspes, Porus hurriedly turned his army to meet him in battle. Porus sent his chariots forward but these were quickly destroyed. Alexander then sent his cavalry to attack Porus' right wing and gained the flank of the Indian army, while his heavy infantry advanced to attack the elephants and bowmen. The elephants charged the phalanx and did great execution among the elite Macedonian infantry. Only the timely intervention of the light troops prevented a greater loss. Porus, wounded six times, was captured and the remainder of his army routed. Porus so impressed Alexander with his bravery that he was allowed to retain his kingdom as a Macedonian vassal. The power of the elephants was not lost upon the Macedonian generals who fought at Hydaspes. They would go to great pains to obtain elephants of their own during the Wars of the Successors.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.
Macedonian Army (Use Greek blocks)
• Leader: Alexander
• 6 Command Cards
• Move First
Indian Army (Use Eastern Kingdom blocks)
• Leader: Porus
• 5 Command Cards
• The River Hydaspes is impassable.
• When Alexander is attached to a unit, the unit will battle with 1 additional dice in Close Combat.
• The two Greek Companion Cavalry units are special units. Place a special unit block in the same hex as the Companion Cavalry units to distinguish it from the other units. The Companion Cavalry will ignore 1 sword symbol in Close Combat and may ignore 1 flag.