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FREE EPUB î MOBI The Punic Wars î ✓ REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD À The Punic Wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune Resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage between 264 241 BC 218 201 BC and 149 146 bc the wars wereIonal eye to bear in analyzing the Punic Wars here He marshals classic military strategists such as Livy Polybius and Diodorus to plot the wars’ campaigns in Spain Africa Sicily and the Peloponnese and follows Hannibal’s daring but unsuccessful strike into the heart of Italy But Bagnall goes beyond military strategy to discuss the force structures and politics of Rome and Carthage at their heights And he contrasts their conduct of battle at strategic operational and Strategically tactically and operationally written

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Tactical levels to show how they were governed by the same military principles used by nations today His thought provoking final chapter relates these wars’ lessons to modern times in an impressive argument for adapting the experience of the past to the needs of the future While the history of the Punic Wars dates back over 2000 years Bagnall’s comprehensive account demonstrates that this ancient conflict is remarkable both for its scope and its contemporary relevanc This book by Nigel Bagnall a Field Marshal in the British Army is one of the best books I have ever read covering Ancient military history This book introduced me to the lifes and times of such great leaders as Hamilcar Barca Hannibal and Scipio Africanus to name a few The author presents a well researched account of the military struggle between Rome and Carthage and does it so well that the book is a joy to read The book covers the First Punic War 264 242 BC the period between the wars 241 218 BC the Second Punic War 218 201 BC and the third and final Punic War between 149 148 BC which saw the destruction of Carthage as a power and as a city A great book

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The Punic Wars Rome Carthage and the Struggle for the MediterraneanThe Punic Wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune Resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage between 264 241 BC 218 201 BC and 149 146 bc the wars were fought over a period of 118 years Massive man made devastation on both sides left RBCome’s population radically depleted and Carthage razed and erased from the map Sir Nigel Bagnall brings his military experience and a modern profess This book was the first of two works by Sir Nigel Bagnall who had been a field marshal in the British Army to which this book is dedicated I had reviewed his later work The Peloponnesian War Athens Sparta and the Struggle for Greece a short time ago I was not a big fan of the other piece of history that this writer produced but I really liked this book The Punic Wars is an incredible tale of two great civilizations that went on a collision course against each other that would result with one becoming a world power and the other completely annihilated When writing about each of the three wars Bagnall focuses on one theater at a time telling each theater's story rather than proceeding in complete chronological order This helps the book flow better and does not harm the general narrativeBagnall starts of by giving the reader a bit of background of the two major civilizations; we know about the Romans of course because they were not destroyed as thoroughly as they destroyed Carthage He traces the rise of the two cities from mere cities to the heart of minor empires in the Mediterranean one a land power and the other a sea power Both cities have to adapt when they fought each other in the First Punic War Rome would create a navy that would overtake Carthage and Carthage would also learn how to use its natural military advantages such as trained elephants and a diverse Mercenary army composed of its subject peoplesThe Second Punic War focuses on the great general Hannibal Barca His training under his father Hamilcar and his rise in Spain are covered Hannibal crosses the Alps and for years ravages Italy and nearly destroys Rome The famous Fabius Maximus creates what is known as the `Fabian Strategy` in order to defend against Hanibal that is do not fight him directly only indirectly by cutting supply lines and forms of harassment The book covers how Rome had a hard time sticking to this strategy until the rise of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus who would ultimately beat HannibalOn taking up his appointment Scipio faced the task of welding a disparate lot into a cohesive fighting force there were the dispirited survivors of the defeated legions the raw reinforcements fresh out of Italy and Spanish mercenaries of uncertain loyalty No light task for a young man especially one whose close relation had so intimately associated with disasters But Publius Cornelius Scipio later given the cognomen Africanus was remarkable As Polybius says he was `perhaps the most illustrious man of any born before the present generation' and one of his first acts was to show his trust in Marcellus the man who had striven so hard to rally the survivors of the two Scipios' shattered army but who could now well be regarded as an awkward rival p206The Third Punic War would be the end of mighty Carthage The city would be defeated raised and destroyed by Scipio's grandson The impact of Carthage fulfilling the dream of Cato the Elder would be erased even though another one of Scipio's own grandsons would try to argue against itHe pleaded that though Rome's position as the dominant power should be preserved