National Geographic : 1968 Jan
"Noblest achievement of Alexander," Arrian judged, was sharing with his men 60 days of misery on the Baluchistan desert. Offered a helmetful of precious water, the king poured it out, showing that he would suffer with his troops. Homeward bound, Alexander had hoped to set up supply depots for his fleet, sailing along the coast. But guides lost their way. Pack animals sank in the sand. Men perished of thirst. "Can we make it?" The Schreiders decide "yes," after Frank checks gas level against map (left). From Bampur to Persepolis, Alexander traveled a fine royal road. The authors found only this rocky wasteland. Wheel-deep in a sudden deluge, Frank maneuvers to high ground on the Baluchistan desert. In 325 B.C., a similar flash flood drowned most of the women and children who followed Alexander's army.