The field was fairly open but the Carthaginians occupied a low rise that dominated the north of the battlefield. Largely their infantry was inferior to the so they deployed it on the low rise. There right was heavily loaded with cavalry, Celts and Spanish LHI. The left was refused with a small cavalry force guarding the flank.
|Punic cavalry backed by lights|
|Main infantry line with Celt on the right flank|
|The flank guards|
Pyrrhus also sought to attack on his right with the cavalry deployed there. His elephants were held in reserve, with a small infantry force guarding their left.
|Successor main force|
|Successor cavalry force|
|The flank guards|
Punic forces advance
|Pelasts under attack as the Celts close-in|
This forced Pyrrhus to begin redeploying his elephants to meet the flank attack. At 9" move they are surprisingly fast across the ground.
|The main line of pikes|
|Nelly the elephant....and friend|
The successors were also planning a cavalry flanking manoeuvre of their own. However found themselves harassed, then engaged by a unit of Numidian's that cost them several vital moves as they charged them in the rear.
|The LC delay the companions|
|Celts get stuck in while the Spanish turn the flank|
|Main lines closing in|
As the pikes finally came to grips with the Punic infantry they were hit in the side by the Spanish LHI. Regrettably the congestion meant it was not a deadly flank attack though.
|Celts join in|
On the Punic right the Successor's elephants gobbled-up some cavalry but were themselves dispatched by skirmishers. At this point losses were pretty even and the successor horse had yet to make their presence felt.
|Elephants meet their maker|
With neither side's flank attack really making headway it became a slog in the centre, which eventually favoured the superior Successor troops. So a win by 2 kills to Pyrrhus, making it 2-1 to him on battles won.
|The pikes dish-out some pain|
On reflection it was a battle that Carthage could have won if the Spanish infantry's attack been slightly better timed for maximum impact.