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    The Battle of Cannae.

    Just reading up on a bit of military history. Cannae in 216 B.C. was a battle in which a army of Catheginians and their allies led by Hannibal defeated a much larger Roman army under Varro. It's considered a classic and remarkable battle in which tactics and brilliant leadership were able to stop the Roman military juggernaut. Military history is an interest of mine and I was wondering if anyone else has any opinions, I'm thinking that military men and women would have interesting opinions on the lessons of ancient (and modern battles). Anyone got anything to say?, this isn't everyones cup of tea I know, but so what you gotta have something different sometimes!

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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

    Bothwell would LOVE this topic, i'll send it to him. he's been slammed with work since he got back from oz, and not been on the forum.

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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

    I am interested in the siege of Syracause during the Second Punic War. I love the instruments of defense Archimedes used against the Roman fleet of Marcus.

    The Battle of Cannaae was definitely one of the most decisive battles of this war. Hannibal taught Rome an interesting lesson on military tactics.

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    a what if scenario. what if Alexander the Great died at the Battle when he was chasing after Darius. what would the world be like if he died at the age of 26 instead of 32?

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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

    The Battle of Gaugamela , Wolfy. Alexander used great military tactics against the Persian forces. Another what if about Alexander, what if he hadn't died at such a young age and had consolidated his empire. Would Rome have been the power it emerged to be?

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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

    Quote Originally Posted by chonsigirl
    I am interested in the siege of Syracause during the Second Punic War. I love the instruments of defense Archimedes used against the Roman fleet of Marcus.

    The Battle of Cannaae was definitely one of the most decisive battles of this war. Hannibal taught Rome an interesting lesson on military tactics.
    Yes, thats an interesting hstorical event, with poor old Archimedes being killed by an impatient Roman soldier while doing maths in the sand. I think Cannae is interesting from a military stanpoint as so many other generals and strategists have tried to reproduce the results that Hannibal did, usually very badly. Also, if Hannibal had marched on Rome itself after the battle it is possible that Carthage would have won the sceond punic war, and if that had happened then almost all modern Western history would be quite different.

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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

    “What better fortune they could have asked from the gods, if they had had the choice, than to fight in such ground as they saw there, with the vast superiority of cavalry on their side?" Hannibal (Polybius, History: III.111)

    And Hannibal won a decisive victory with his military tactics.

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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

    Have a look at the first gulf war tactics. Hannibal was one of schwarkopf's heroes.

    It was the Carthaginians that taught the Romans to fight and how to organise. The roman juggernaught came later

    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/temetfutu...l_Republic.htm

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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

    Before and after maps...............
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    Re: The Battle of Cannae.

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    Polybius gave an excellent account of this style of fighting in his account of the battle of Cannae. "The Numidian horse on the Carthaginian right were meanwhile charging through the cavalry on the Roman left; and though, from the peculiar nature of their mode of fighting, they neither inflicted nor received much harm, they yet rendered the enemy's horse useless by keeping them occupied, and charging them first on one side and then another. But when Hasdrubal, after all but annihilating the cavalry by the river, came from the left to the support of the Numidians, the Roman allied cavalry, seeing his charge approaching, broke and fled. At that point Hasdrubal appears to have acted with great skill and discretion. Seeing the Numidians to be strong in numbers, and more effective and formidable to troops that had once been forced from their ground, he left the pursuit to them; while he himself hastened to the part of the field where the infantry were engaged, and brought his men up to support the Libyans." [Polybius Book 3, 116.5]
    Battle of Zama, changing times changing sides

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    Scipio was in a difficult position on the coast awaiting his new Numidian allies, while Hannibal was in position to block their junction. In a brilliant strategic gamble Scipio began a campaign of destruction in the interior and moved southwest to meet Numidian reinforcements under Masinissa, forcing Hannibal to come out for battle before his army was fully ready, on the plain west of Zama. Accounts of the battle are very confused.

    Scipio advanced to the southwest to join the Numidian prince Masinissa, who was bringing his invaluable cavalry to his support. Then he turned eastward to face Hannibal at the Battle of Zama.
    http://visbellica.com/Scenarios/Zama/sc_zama.htm

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