By Richard Overy
Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke pictures of serious triumph and both nice discomfort, moments while historical past looked as if it would hold within the stability. thought of when it comes to one another, such battles--and others of much less speedy renown--offer perception into the altering nature of armed strive against, advances in expertise, shifts in approach and concept, in addition to altered geopolitical landscapes. The most major army engagements in historical past outline the very nature of warfare. In his most up-to-date e-book, Richard Overy plumbs over 3,000 years of historical past, from the autumn of Troy in 1200 BC to th. Read more...
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When Hannibal’s brother Hasdrubal came to join him in 207 bce by the same awkward route over the Alps, his forces were devastated near presentday Rimini and Hasdrubal was killed. Carthage was undermined on every front except in the south of Italy, where Hannibal was isolated. In 202 bce, he finally left Italy for good to return to Carthage. A battlefield genius, he did not know how to win the war. NO. 3 BATTLE OF ACTIUM 2 September 31 T bce he victory won at Actium off the coast of Greece by Julius Caesar’s adopted son, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (better known as Octavian, and soon to become Augustus) marked a decisive end to the long period of savage civil wars that had plagued Republican Rome from the middle years of the first century bce.
He made straight for Bruce, who was clearly marked out by his golden coronet. Bruce in turn charged on his small grey horse at de Bohun, dodged the lance, and in a deft movement split open de Bohun’s skull with his axe. The vanguard hesitated and withdrew. Another 300 horsemen under Sir Robert Clifford attempted to break through to Stirling Castle, but they were obstructed by a schiltron led by the Earl of Moray. After a vicious engagement, the English again fell back. As dusk fell, Edward ordered his army to set camp.
Only 14,500 survived out of an army of 80,000. Hannibal lost 6,000, two-thirds of them Gauls. No effort was made to bury so many dead, which included Paullus and eighty Roman senators. The gold rings and ornaments were collected from the dead and sent to Carthage to show the extent of the victory and to demonstrate the need for reinforcements. Hannibal could perhaps have marched on Rome and brought the empire to its knees. The disaster at Cannae left the city briefly defenceless, though new legions were immediately raised.