Battle of Zama

Battle of Zama

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  • Scipio led a army against Carthage and was met in the field by Hannibal at Zama. the romans had 35 000 men while Carthage had 40 000 men and 80 elephants
  • Hannibal started by ordering his elephants to attack, but Scipio let his skirmishers attack them by funnelling them through gaps in the line, and blew horns to frighten the beasts causing some of them to charge back into Carthage's line
  • The two armies than attacked each other, Hannibal kept his 3rd and most experienced line in reserve
  • Hannibal's first two lines were defeated but not without a tough fight, once the first to lines had been defeated Hannibal moved his third line in Scipio merged his men into one line to face him
  • It was a bloody battle with neither side having an upper edge until the roman cavalry flanked the Carthaginian from behind and defeated them.
  • Scipio beat Hannibal, it was the only battle that  Hannibal ever lost. Carthage then surrendered to Rome.
  • I am the conquer of Carthage 
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