Cannae 216 BC: Hannibal smashes Rome's Army by Mark Healy

By Mark Healy

Osprey's learn of the conflict of Canae (216 BC), that's considered as one of many maximum battles of army heritage. Hannibal's stratagem has turn into a version of the peerlessly fought conflict and is studied intimately at army academies world wide. At Cannae the Romans faced Hannibal with a military of 80,000 infantry and 6,000 cavalry. Hannibal confronted them with 40,000 foot and 10,000 horse. The engagement that used to be a masterpiece of battlefield regulate. by way of the tip of the clash the Romans had misplaced 47,500 infantry and 2,700 cavalry killed and one other 19,300 captured.

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Fuller, who in 1923 coined the term ‘grand strategy’, to stress the need to prepare for war in peacetime, and to recognize that the conduct of war itself could no longer be understood in purely military terms. Not until the 1870s did British authors begin to address this deficiency, and they did so precisely because Britain's maritime supremacy was being called into question by the progressive and accelerating industrialization of its neighbours. The upshot was strategy, and a form of strategy which pointed more to its twentieth-century understanding than it did to Clausewitz's idea that it was the use of the battle for the purposes of the war.

0004 Abstract and Keywords The study of war history (which encompasses all aspects of wars, including political, economic, and cultural factors, and reaches beyond the more specific military history) is not just an academic field, it is a matter of importance for strategists and civilian and military leaders—provided they realize that history does not supply ‘lessons’, but an intellectual framework for understanding the relationship between different categories of events. At the political level, apart from the true pacifists, defensive wars have been by and large accepted by the people concerned in modern European history: they have provided the opportunity to test the cohesion of the nation-states which emerged progressively in Europe.

They can, however, lead to a new state of affairs which make possible solutions that would not otherwise have been available. Herz explained how a ‘security dilemma’ can arise between two units in such a system, ‘deriving from mutual suspicion and mutual fear’, compelling them ‘to compete for ever more power in order to find more security, an effort that proves self-defeating because complete security remains ultimately unobtainable’ (Herz, 1951: 231). Lastly there are issues of identity, the perceived need to support those with a similar religion, ideology, or ethnicity in other states.

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