The Romans decide to deploy a strong left flank with all their cavalry, the Triarii, and most of the skirmish infantry in support. The weaker right was covered by some skirmishers with a second rank of Hastati deployed as flank guards. So a classic attempt to attack on the left looked in prospect.
|Skirmishers cover the right
|The main attacking force on the left
|Punic left flank
|Punic centre - Celts and Africans
|Punic right - a larger force of cavalry and skirmisher
The BattleThe deployment meant that the two sides stronger flanks were facing each other on the Punic right, with the Roman's likely having the edge due to the Triarii presence. On the Punic left side though a flanking move looked very possible as the area was only guarded by skirmishers.
The Romans adopted a fairly cautious early approach, holding back with their outnumbered cavalry and seeking to deploy their flank guards into action, especially on the outnumbered right. The Carthaginians pushed forward with their flank attacks and sought to support this with their infantry, hoping they might catch the flank guards in an awkward position.
|Roman right deploys
|Roman left deploys and the skirmishers move up to harass the Punic horse
|Punic hordes move forward to support their cavalry
|Celtic cavalry bear-down on the Roman skirmishers guarding the left
On the Punic left they were able to push the skirmishers aside and begin to outflank the Romans while applying pressure from the front with their Celt-Iberian troops. Even with the presence of the Roman commander they made steady progress.
|Roman right under pressure
|Celtic horse moves to flank the Roam right
On the Punic right their were difficult choices to be made so Hannibal tried to block the Triarii with one unit of Punic horse whilst attacking the Roman cavalry with the other and some Numidian light horse. This was partly successful in tying down most of the Romans but did leave one unit of Triarii unengaged.
|Triarii seek to block the Punic Horse.
In the centre both sides heavy infantry came to blows as the Carthaginians sought to pin the Romans while their attack on the right developed. Honours were fairly even with the Celt-Iberians performing well and almost breaching the line.
|Heavies slug it out with Celt-Iberians on the left of shot
|The Roman left is almost flanked
|Triarii about face
|And attack the Punic line
In a tense last round it was the Roman flank attack that proved deadlier than the Punic, and so they were able to secure the victory.