Assuming that the Punic forces would try their favoured double envelopment Scipio adopted an unusual but pleasingly symmetric deployment with the flanks blocked by heavy infantry and units of cavalry in the centre. His hope was they might catch the Punic infantry deployed wide and so shatter the line.
|Skirmishers covering the Roman right
|The Roman right flank - refused
|Roman cavalry deployed in the centre
|The Roman right also refused
|And finally the more skirmishers covering the Roman left
On this occasion Hannibal decided to focus his attack against the Roman left by placing most of the cavalry and his African Veterans on this flank. The right was refused with elephants and skirmishers deployed to delay any enemy advance.
|The Punic right with massed cavalry
The BattleBoth sides advanced smartly with the Roman's seeking to breakthrough in the centre and the Carthaginians looking to hook around the Roman left and roll-up the line.
|Hannibal's cavalry on the move
|Roman right suffers under massed skirmishers fire
|Celtic horse sweep some lights aside
|The Roman left is flanked - things look grip
|Roman right advances
Elephants get stuck-in
Now came the critical part of the battle - Hannibal was ahead but his weaker infantry could not hold forever against the superior Romans. Hannibal made two key mistakes at this point. Firstly he failed to advance his cavalry that had flanked the Romans rapidly enough meaning the area was congested for two key turns that restricted the ability of the Veterans to manoeuvre. More critically though Hannibal forgot that he could about face his Veterans and so wasted two critical turns during which he might have been able to roll-up the Romans.
|Veterans try to turn the flank but its all a bit congested
|Italian horse is trapped and killed but buys valuable time
Once the Carthaginians got moving again it was too late as their centre began to crumble. 3-0 quickly became 7-5 and a Roman victory by 1 unit (the Roman breakpoint being 6 vs Hannibal's 7)
|Romans withstand a heavy assault
|The veterans pose for a shot