5 years ago#1
JOHN
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There is a story of a war leader (?) who had his enemies in the camp for talks prior to war. The leader odered many of his soldiers to walk off the cliff, and they did. His enemies surrendered right there. Who was this leader??

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5 years ago#2
copper
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I also heard about that. Let me recollect it in my memory and I will get back to you

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5 years ago#3
John
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I keep thinking it is Napolean [?] but not sure. Appreciate the help.

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5 years ago#4
copper
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I am almost sure it wasn't Napoleon. It might also be that I was mistaken about it being soldiers in the story I remembered and have mixed it up with the people of Saipan of whom half the population walked off a cliff rather than to surrender during the Battle of Saipan.

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5 years ago#5
John
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Maybe it was alexander the great?

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5 years ago#6
copper
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Yes, I was reading about that. But, wasn't that something with a horse?

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5 years ago#7
John
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Finally found this:
In 331 B.C. Alexander the Great marched towards India with his armies. Alexander had already conquered much of the known world, and he would stop at nothing to have it all. Alexander was a strong leader, and every soldier was willing to follow him, no matter what the cost.
Alexander the Great had a strong campaign to take over the world, yet encountered some difficulty upon the arrival at a certain walled city. As Alexander approached the great city, he peered up towards the King who stood firm upon the stone wall and shouted: "My name is Alexander the Great, and I demand you surrender immediately!" Laughing, the King asked, "Why should we surrender to you?" He then proceeded to explain how they outnumbered Alexander's troops, and they were more than prepared to defend the city.
In response, Alexander turned to his 100 choice troops and commanded them to line up in perfect order facing the cliff. Each did so obediently in respect for their leader. Alexander then ordered them to start moving. One by one they began marching toward the edge of the cliff. The first soldier stepped off the cliff and pummeled to his death, as did the second, third, fourth , all the way until the eleventh man.
When Alexander finally yelled, "HALT!", he gazed back at the King who was completely astonished by the obedience of the men-and the utter respect they had for Alexander. He surrendered immediately, and Alexander went on to conquer the civilized world.

Thanks for looking!!

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5 years ago#8
copper
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Wow! Great! You have answered the question. Thank you ever so much. I knew vaguely and now I also know who it was. Thanks to you

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4 years ago#9
Fiddlemom
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May I please have references for this? I have been all over the Internet looking for this story, but I can only find it here and in a few church "obey like that" sermons. I was hoping for something more "official".

Thanks so much.

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4 years ago#10
bla
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it was alexander the great

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3 years ago#11
Grad
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I seem to recall it was Shaka Zulu, I have included this url as a ref, http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_was_Shaka_Zulu_well- known

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3 years ago#12
preacher
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alexander the great

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2 years ago#13
Zulu
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yes, it was indeed shaka.

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2 years ago#14
Cryptic innocence
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alexander the great, ordered 100 of his soldiers to stand in the perfect line and walk towards the end of the cliff in order to prove to the King how dedicated his soldiers are to him.

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1 year ago#15
jude
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It is the story of alexander the great and his soldiers.

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10 months ago#16
Nimrod Fetalcurin
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alexander the great

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8 months ago#17
jm
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:- i've been looking for this info.,,,, and thank you for the information,,after 100 years of searching i found it he he...

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8 months ago#18
anon
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No way would i be in that army

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8 months ago#19
Davrod
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It's said that when Alexander faced Darius' (king of Persia) army (who had been fleeing north) for the last time after winning many other battles, that Persian soldiers committed suicide rather than go into battle against Alexander's army. I think that is where this myth originates. In 326 BC, Alexander's army mutinied against his order to go east from the Hyphias (now Beas) River because they were exhausted and had been following him for a long time, and Alexander after 3 days reversed his decision and went to India. Does this sound like an army that would suicide for him? Alexander the great lived 2.300 years ago and myths get spoken about. You will not find reference to this story in any scholarly book.

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