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Cannae 216 BC: Hannibal Smashes Rome's Army

(Osprey Campaign #36)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Cannae is rightly regarded as one of the greatest battles of military history. Hannibal's stratagem has become a model of the perfectly fought battle and is studied in detail at military academies around the world. At Cannae the Romans confronted Hannibal with an army of 80,000 infantry and 6,000 cavalry. Hannibal faced them with 40,000 foot and 10,000 horse. The engagemen ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 14th 1994 by Osprey Publishing
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I'm having a hard time making up my mind about this book, as I percieve it to be a strange mix of revisionistic opinions and slightly annoying conservative standpoints. But let's start from the begining.

Overall, it's a standard Osprey Campaign offering - author starts off with introduction to the era, reasons for the conflict, short descriptions of opposing generals and troops involved as well as their weapons and qualities. This part of the book is unusually good and filled with solid facts, ev
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, military
An excellent, and concise at only 96 pages, summary of the second Punic war from it's initial encounters through to the titular battle of Cannae, the height of Hannibal's power at 216. Very little is said of the following years leading to Hannibal's recall to Africa and his defeat at the hands of Scipio Africanus, but this shouldn't be surprising given the tight focus of the book itself.

The coverage of the early war and it's major battles and personages is brief, but succinct and usable, and the
Indah Threez Lestari
238 - 2013

Hannibal vs Scipio.

Tunggu... itu kan pertempuran yang diangkat di arena gladiator dengan Maximus sebagai Hannibal? Tapi sepertinya beda, karena yang di film Gladiator seharusnya Scipio yang menang.


Entah apa pertimbangan KPG, seri Medan Laga Osprey yang ini ukurannya lebih kecil dari jilid-jilid sebelumnya. Jadinya agak aneh kalau nanti disusun berderet dengan teman-temannya.
Sean Chick
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This a superb introduction to the early stages of the Second Punic War. My only gripes are a lack of discussion of Cannae's aftermath and some turgid prose in discussing the Varro/Paullus relationship.
Adhe Pradipta
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love it. It gives me a big picture of the great war between Carthage (Tunisia) and Rome.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Good overview of Cannae before I read Von Schiefflein's book on Cannae.
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