Submitted by Dean Kellogg

Other Battles of Hannibal

This page is dedicated to some of the other battles Hannibal fought but which were not included in the original Hannibal game.

These battles have all been devised from descriptions taken from the excellent reference book by Dodge 'Hannibal : A History of the Art of War'

Hannibal's army was weakened by comtinual operations and little support from Carthage. Caius Claudius Nero, the Roman general, moved to intercept Hannibal near Grumentum. Nero noted some low hills near the Carthaginian left flank and hid some forces there. Hannibal's forces held on the battlefield until the Romans debauched from ambush.  The Carthaginians fled to camp.

Battle at Grumentum 207BC
In the 13th year of the Second Punic War, Hannibal struggled to maintain his operations on Roman soil and waited for Hasdrubal to bring reinforcements for his progressively weaker army. Caius Claudius Nero had been appointed to the consulate. Nero was a capable Roman general, whose major task was  to keep Hannibal from moving north to meet his reinforcements. As Hannibal moved north to try to communicate with Hasdrubal, he decided to attempt to re-capture the town of Grumentum.  This town had gone over to the Roman cause out of fear. Nero maneuvered to intercept Hannibal near the town.  Hannibal's forces were weak, with few veterans left.  His hastily raised levies were not yet subject to strict discipline.  Near Grumentum, the armies met in battle. At first the battle went poorly for the Carthaginians; however, Hannibal rallied his forces and held his ground.  Nero had hidden some forces in some low hills on the Carthaginian left flank. The battle was going in Hannibal's favor until the Romans debauched from their ambush and fell on the Carthaginian flank. Hannibal's men were seized with fear and retreated to their camp in disarray.
(Based on Hannibal by TA Dodge)

Notes

No turn limit

 

Map of the Grumentum Battleground

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Battle of Grumentum - 207 BC

Hannibal moved to take the town on Locri which was half-held by Romans and half by Carthaginians.  Scipio heard of Hannibals move and arrived at the town ahead of Hannibal. When Hannibal arrived and attacked the town, Scipio fell on his flank. 

Battle at Locri 205BC

In the 15th year of the Second Punic War, Scipio was preparing to go to Africa. Several Locrians came to him and convinced him to attempt to capture the town of Locri from Hannibal. Pleminius with 3000 Roman soldiers was sent to take the town.  Hamilcar, the Carthaginian garrison commander of Locri, was careless.  His lax attitude allowed the Romans to seize half of the town while he led the other half.  Hannibal heard of the threatened capture of Locri and moved there to keep the town from the Romans. Scipio heard of Hannibal's move and sailed there with a large force.  He reached Locri in darkness, several hours before Hannibal arrived on the scene, and secretly deployed his forces. The next morning Hannibal advanced to attack the town, Scipio waited until Hannibal's army had begun the assault on the town and then fell upon the Carthaginian's flank. The unexpected attack threw Hannibal's raw levies into a panic. Hannibal was forced to retire to his camp and thus lost the town of Locri to the Romans.

(Based on Hannibal by TA Dodge)

Notes

No turn limit

 

Map of the Locri Battleground

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Battle of Locri - 205 BC

In the spring of 204BC, Scipio landed a large Roman force near Carthage. Hanno was sent with a Carthaginian cavalry force to observe the Romans. He was lured into a trap by his former ally, Massinissa.  Hanno and his force were massacred.

Hanno's Reconnaissance 204BC

In the spring of 204 BC, Scipio landed with in Africa large Roman force. The Roman force included Masinissa, a king of Numidia, who had renounced the Carthaginians and gone over to the Romans.  Carthage was terror struck and hurried to raise an army. Hanno was sent from Carthage with a force of 4000 cavalry to observe the Romans. Scipio sent Masinissa out with a force of 2000 cavalry to draw Hanno into a trap. Hanno noted the smaller cavalry force and moved after them.  Maasinissa drew Hanno into the trap. Hanno was killed in the subsequent massacre.

(Based on Hannibal by TA Dodge)

Notes

Romans must win in 3 turns

 

Map of the Battleground

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Hannibal's

Reconnaissance - 204 BC

The overly ambitious Roman Consul Sempronius met Hannibal and his weak army near Crotona. Sempronius attacked with 20,000 men, hoping to gain fame by defeating the Carthaginian master. This was not to be as Hannibal inflicted a defeat on the impetuous Roman. This was Hannibal's last victory on the Italian peninsula.

Battle at Crotona 204BC Day 1

After 16 years of fighting on the Italian peninsula, Hannibal's forces were well worn. The fortunes of Carthage were nearing their end as Scipio had arrived in Africa. Hannibal hoped to avoid combat with the Romans as he awaited reinforcements. The Roman consul Sempronius, an overly ambitious man, encountered Hannibal's weak force near Crotona and attacked with his force of twenty thousand. Hannibal repulsed the overly bold consul who lost 1,200 men.  This was to be Hannibal's last victory in Italy.
(Based on Hannibal by TA Dodge)

Notes

No turn limit

 

Map of the Crotona Day 1 Battleground

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Battle of Crotona - Day 1- 204 BC

After suffering a defeat in the first day of battle, the ambitious Roman Consul Sempronius doubled the size of his force and again attacked Hannibal. Hannibal's weak force confronted the 40,000 Romans; however the weight of numbers was too much.  Hannibal was forced to retire from the field of battle. This was Hannibal's last battle in Italy.

Battle at Crotona 204BC Day 2

In the first day of the Battle of Crotona, Hannibal inflicted a defeat on the Roman consul Sempronius. Annoyed by his defeat, the ambitious Sempronius called in Licinius with 20,000 men to add to his force.  Sempronius then confronted Hannibal and attempted to do with 40,000men, what he failed to do with 20,000.  Hannibal felt constrained to meet the Romans once more.  The Roman weight of numbers proved too much for the Carthaginian master and his battle-worn force.  Hannibal was forced to retire from the field with the loss of 4,000 men. This was to be his last battle in Italy as he was soon recalled to Africa to defend Carthage.

(Based on Hannibal by TA Dodge)

Notes

No turn limit

 

Map of the Crotona Day 2 Battleground

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Battle of Crotona - Day 2- 204 BC

Strategy Guide

Hannibal can win if he makes no errors, uses the terrain to his advantage, and if the Romans "go easy" on him.

Hannibal's Other Battles VI