Macedonia’s Elite Companion Cavalry under Alexander the Great
The Macedonian Companion Cavalry was the army's decisive arm under Alexander the Great, and for good reason.
by Marc G. De Santis Cavalry was the decisive arm of the Macedonian army under Alexander. His tactics for its employment in battle were simple but effective. First Alexander would fix the enemy in place with light cavalry and the phalanx, and then launch the killing stroke with his cavalry at the critical moment. This hammer-and- anvil approach served Alexander well throughout his 11 years in Asia, and the successes of the Macedonian cavalry arm must place Alexander’s horsemen with the finest