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Cannae

(Cassell's Fields of Battle)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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. Usi ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Cassell
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Joe Holman
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best military history books I've read & I'm a certified military history instructor who has read many. I recommend this to all military officers who want a simple to understand book on one of the most decisive battles of all time and why it didn't win the war.
Sarah (WorldOfWonders)
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I enjoyed this so much I finished most of it in just one day!
Anson Cassel Mills
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cannae is perhaps the most studied battle in world history because it featured the near impossible: envelopment and destruction of a larger force by a smaller one. Plus, the number of Romans who died on this one day in 216 BC may have exceeded all Americans killed in the entire Vietnam War.

Goldsworthy (b. 1969), an academically trained professional writer, provides clear description of what is known for certain about the battle and shrewd guesses about what will never be known about it. Especial
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Jan Peter van Kempen
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An account of what happened on 2 August 216BC. The battle could actually have been won by the Romans... And the 2nd Punic could actually have been won by Hannibal. History proved otherwise. A very interesting book which highlights the military side of the battle at Cannae.
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novice readers of military science will have difficulty reading this book.
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Adrian Goldsworthy was born in 1969 in Cardiff. He was educated in Penarth and then read Ancient and Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford, where he subsequently completed his doctorate in ancient history. His D.Phil. Thesis was the basis for his first book, The Roman Army At War 100 BC - AD 200, which looked at how the Roman army actually operated on campaign and in battle.

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