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Old January 2nd, 2018, 05:55 PM   #81

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There's actually source evidence that could point towards Philip utilising the first use of independent columns or corps. Regardless, either him or his son get the achievement of first recorded use in military history.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 11:20 PM   #82

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There's actually source evidence that could point towards Philip utilising the first use of independent columns or corps. Regardless, either him or his son get the achievement of first recorded use in military history.
I am actually surprised that not more people talk about this. Obviously Arrian talks about , also Fuller and Dodge in their works , but other historians just gloss over it.
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As Alexander moved further East , he started to divide his forces into several coprs to conduct operations.
During Sogdian campaign , after hearing about another rebellion , he divided his army into 5 corps and giving them task of putting downs the resistance with means necessary on their way , let them function independently.
During Cophen campaign he divided army in 2 columns with Perdiccas and Hephaestion at the head of one of them.
For Mallian campaign he conducted offense in 3 corps under command of Hephaestion , Ptolemy , Alexander and also with Nearchus and Craterus landing on the right bank , below the point where Acesines receives the Hydraotis to hold the vicinity to prevent reinforcements being sent to Mallians and prevent forces that try to escape that way.
What's the difference between columns and corps here?
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