Military history

Cannae (Cassell's Fields of Battle)

Cannae (Cassell's Fields of Battle)

On August 2, 216 BC, in the Italian town of Cannae, Hannibal won his greatest victory. In one of the bloodiest battles ever, his outnumbered mercenaries massacred the greater part of Rome's large army. For the Romans, Cannae became the yardstick against which all other defeats were measured; for generals centuries after, it became a perfectly executed model to draw on. Using primary sources and brilliant images, Goldsworthy tells the story of this epic confrontation and its devastating tactics.

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

Part 1 - CARTHAGE, ROME AND THE PUNIC WARS

Chapter 2. THE SECOND PUNIC WAR

Chapter 3. HANNIBAL BARCA

Chapter 4. INVASION, 218-217 BC

Chapter 5. ‘THE DELAYER’, SUMMER TO AUTUMN 217 BC

Part 2 - THE RIVAL ARMIES

Chapter 6. THE ROMAN MILITARY SYSTEM

Chapter 7. THE CARTHAGINIAN MILITARY SYSTEM AND HANNIBAL'S ARMY

Part 3 - THE CAMPAIGN OF 216 BC

Chapter 8. THE LEADERS

Chapter 9. THE LED

Chapter 10. THE PLAN

Chapter 11. THE CAMPAIGN

Part 4 - THE BATTLE OF CANNAE, 2 AUGUST 216 BC

Chapter 12. LOCATING THE BATTLEFIELD

Chapter 13. INITIAL DEPLOYMENT

Chapter 13. THE BATTLE

Opening Moves

The Cavalry Clash on the Wings

The Roman Centre Advances

The Charge to Contact

Encirclement

Part 5 - THE AFTERMATH

MOPPING UP

HOW TO USE A VICTORY

THE LONG STRUGGLE, 216-201 BC

CANNAE IN HISTORY

NOTES

APPENDIX 1: Numbers

APPENDIX 2: Casualties

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