Hannibal's Effect On Cannae

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The reading, “Cannae”, tells the tale of the Carthaginians’ victory over the Romans at Cannae. The Carthaginian army, led by Hannibal, defeated the Roman legionaries despite being outnumbered two to one. In the battle of Cannae the wind was a major factor in the defeat of the Roman at the hands of the Carthaginian army. The wind was at the backs of Hannibal’s attacking forces. This aided Hannibal’s plan since the wind would help his men with their arrow, javelin, and sling attacks by increasing the range and velocity of the projectiles. This was helpful because the legionnaires were easily susceptible to air attacks after being enclosed by the Carthaginian army. The tightly packed legionnaires nearly ensured that an aerial attack
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