Known as the “Father of Strategy”, Hannibal Barca was one of the world’s greatest military tacticians. He strikes swift and true, being able to whip even slow units into shape and get them moving across the battlefield. With his ability to increase the melee damage of select units, Hannibal is a master of quick, devastating attacks.
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Hannibal Barca (247–183 BCE) was a famous Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with elephants to outmaneuver Rome. The oldest son of the general Hamilcar Barca, he swore an oath of eternal hatred towards Romans after Carthage’s defeat in the First Punic War and their loss of Sicily (241 BCE). Hamilcar would teach his son everything he knew to mold him into a peerless tactician.
In his first few years in Italy, Hannibal won three dramatic victories—at Trebia, Lake Trasimene, and Cannae—in which he distinguished himself by the ability to determine his and his opponent's strengths and weaknesses. While Hannibal occupied much of Italy for 15 years, without proper support from Carthage, he was unable to march on Rome.