Comparing Strategies of the 2D Punic War: Rome's Strategic Victory Over the Tactical/Operational Genius, Hannibal Barca
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The period of time, 225-202 BC, in the Western Mediterranean, was a crucial turning point in the history of the Western World. The Roman Republic defeated its greatest rival, Carthage, and set the stage for Romes 600 years domination of the Western World. It determined which culture, GreekRoman or SemiticPhoenician, would dominate the development of the Western World. This paper will focus on the strategic failure of Carthage and its military leader, Hannibal, during the Second Punic War. It will compare and contrast the national strategies employed by both Rome and Carthage. Carthage failed to effectively employ all aspects of national power into a national strategy, which doomed Carthage when confronted with the more coherent Roman strategy. Hannibals unparalleled tacticaloperational successes in Italy were rendered irrelevant to the wars conclusion.
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics