This dude Hannibal and his brother Hasdrubal destroyed the Roman Empire (sorta) before the Roman Empire was (well) the Roman Empire. Seriously, these dudes were BAD men trained to be BAD men from their Birth.
Their father, Hamilcar Barca
The Senate now looked to Hamilcar Barca and pleaded with him to take command. Hamilcar agreed but found his position hardly encouraging; Mathos continued his sieges of Utica and Hippacritae whilst thousands of Numidians, encouraged by the mercenary victory at Utica revolted and joined the rebel army. Hamilcar managed to string together a small militia force composed of the citizenry but it was his superior generalship skills which would turn the tide. In the summer of 240BC, Hamilcar sneaked his army out of Carthage under cover of night and led a daring attack on Spendius's troops on the Bagradas River. Despite been outnumbered, he cleverly routed the rebel force and won a major victory for Carthage. Following his success, a Numidian prince named Narava took to Hamilcars side with an addition of 2,000 cavalry. Hamilcar then engaged the rebels at Hippacritae where he was victorious again, killing 10,000 and capturing 4,000. However, in an attempt to win favor with the rebels, his prisoners were pardoned and released while others freely turned over to Hamilcars side and strengthened his ever-increasing army.
The idea that mercantile business and warlike spirit are contradictory dates to the Age of Enlightenment and is generally not shared by ancient sources such as Virgil, who writes inAeneid 1,444f. on Carthage: for this reason shall the people be glorious in war and acquire food easily for centuries (sic nam fore bello / egregiam et facilem victu per saecula gentem). Livy already points out that Carthage did house a body of professional soldiers until sometime after the Second Punic War
Back to the narrative. We have two bitter enemies locked in mortal combat for a second time as the the 2nd Punic Wars nears. The Carthaginians have a distinct advantage in leadership and the fact that a mercenary Army is always better than a conscripted one. Think Pro's vs replacements and you get the gist of that idea. The American Revolution is also a good guide.
The two enemies have been scrapping over Sicily (that soccer ball shaped Island on the toe of the Italian peninsula for a 100 years) The front door to an invasion of Italy was easily Sicily. George Patton and the Allies used it in 1943.
At the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, with the end of the North African Campaign in sight, the political leaders and the military Chiefs of Staff of the US and Britain met to discuss future strategy. The British Chiefs of Staff were in favour of an invasion of Sicily or Sardinia, arguing that it would force Germany to disperse its forces and might knock Italy out of the war and move Turkey to join the Allies. At first the Americans opposed the plan as opportunistic and irrelevant, but were persuaded to agree to a Sicilian invasion on the grounds of the great saving to Allied shipping which would result from the opening of the Mediterranean by the removal of Axis air and naval forces from the island.
The Carthaginians though strong were not equal to Rome. So they worked the Flank in Spain.
In the interim between the First and Second Punic Wars, the Phoenician hero and military leader Hamilcar Barca conquered much of Spain, while Rome took Corsica. Hamilcar longed to get revenge against the Romans for the defeat in Punic War I, but realizing that wasn't to be, he taught hatred of Rome to his son, Hannibal.
Hannibal's greatest victory was at the Battle of Cannae
The Battle of Cannae (/ˈkæni/ or /ˈkæneɪ/) was a major battle of theSecond Punic War, which took place on August 2, 216 BC near the town ofCannae in Apulia in southeast Italy. The army of Carthage under Hannibaldecisively defeated a numerically superior army of the Roman Republic under command of the consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro. It is regarded as one of the greatest tactical feats in military history and, in numbers killed, the second greatest defeat of Rome (second to the Battle of Arausio).
Looks like a football play to me.
Andy Reid has a shot to create a great football team in Kansas City. We have our own Mercenaries waiting for a leader with imagination. Warfare happily is not necessarily death within the confines of American soil, but NFL football. Coach Reid could go straight at the enemy via his Offense or he could Surprise them with a stout Defense and then finish them with an attacking Offense when the moment is created. Thank you for Reading :)