The Battle of the Trebbia River 218 B.C.
This was to be will be a fairly short AAR. I think a number of folks have posted about it previously. I will say at the outset that this was very touch and go for a while.
EDIT: in light of the length I am posting a brief pic compilation for the attention challenged look for it in vid section **
The Romans have their usual command struggles and their Cav, while powerful against LC if you can get 2 units on one, really struggle here against the numbers.
See this post re Trebbia setup.
The GBoH and SGBoH differ on setup. SGBoH uses PH’s instead of HI. Which seemingly makes sense since that is what Hannibal left Spain with after the Battle of the Tagus (see AAR)
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Preamble from C3i Equus SGBoH.
Just after the Lake Trasimene debacle for the Romans, Hannibal learned that another Roman force was approaching. Centenius, on the other hand, knew nothing of the recent disaster that had befallen Flaminius’ army. Hannibal assigned the task of dealing with this threat to his trusted marshal, Maharbal. Maharbal had served as Hannibal’s deputy in Spain, and was undoubtedly one of the greatest cavalry commanders of all time. He took a detachment of cavalry and Balearic slingers out to meet Centenius. With his superior Numidian scouts, Maharbal located the Romans and determined their route of approach. Setting a hasty ambush, the Carthaginians killed some 2,000 enemy horsemen in the initial clash and the pursuit that followed. The following day the remaining 2,000 horsemen were forced to surrender.
Carthaginian Army: Withdraws when units with TQ points totalling 30 have been eliminated.
Roman Army: Withdraws when units with TQ points totalling 28 have been eliminated.
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The Battle of the Ticinus River 218 B.C.
The boy who would become the feared and revered Africanus looked to his father Cornelius Scipio. How proud he was as a member of the Cornelii family that he had the privilege to be the son on one of Romes great Consuls. Riding by his side on this reconnaissance mission would be an opportunity to put his own training in to practice and learn from his Father.
He looked ahead, just 1500 meters away a long line of Cavalry from Hannibals army was advancing. Does my Father expect 6,000 cavalry? How would our Velites fight against these troops? 1400 Roman cavalry on each wing from the XIV and XV Legions was thin in his opinion.
He had heard about the tactics and read studied in Rome about the First Punic War from a few decades ago. The ability for the riders from Numidia to break Roman Cavalry and weaken our troops is legendary. He thought that none of his learning showed him any new tactics for dealing with this. Today would be a brilliant lesson!
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All had gone well thought the 25 year old Hannibal. The men were swapping booty from Arbocala, his losses had been light during the siege and now it was time to head to New Carthage and re provision, let the men spend their money and he would plan his campaign against the Carpentani.
The Tagus River lay ahead it would be a slow crossing and a slow return to New Carthage weighted down as they were with their spoils of war.
As they rode on scouts return from the rear guard in an animated fashion. The news was not good. He surveyed the land ahead, an open plain and an easy crossing at the Tagus had been his plan. But now the scouts report a huge force bearing down on them. Nervously they recounted nearly 100,000 Rebels…He scoffed at the number thinking there could be no more than 40,000. The Olcades and Vaccaei and friends were not going to become vassals as easily as Hannibal had thought.
Time for a plan, he could not fight them at a 2:1 disadvantage on such an open plain. He must preserve the mercenaries plunder or lose them to better fields, but he must engage the enemy on his terms or be overwhelmed by sheer numbers. A ruse is in order. He turns to his trusted leaders and shares his plan.
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Pyrrhus of Epirus fights Laevinus one of the Roman Consuls sent to deal with Pyrrhus. Poor Pyrrhus was one of the great Generals but due to losses in battles was worn down by the Romans seemingly inexhaustible ability to raise legions. A harbinger of the 1st and 2nd Punic War strategies of Rome that thru sheer attrition and violence would wear your army to the nub. No negotiation just conflict until you lost.