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Hannibal of Carthage The Father of Strategy Through out history there have been many great military leaders Alexander the Great Napoleon Generals Washington Grant and Charles Lewis Puller The one however that sticks out the most is General Hannibal of Carthage Often called the Father of Strategy his march over the Alps is one of the most famous attacks in military history Hannibal beat the Roman Army time and time again before in suicide in 183 BC Hannibal was born 247 BC the son of Hamilcar Barca the current General of the Carthaginian Army Hannibals training as a military leader began at the age of nine when he went to Spain to be with his father At Hamilcars request Hannibal pledged an oath of hate towards the Roman Empire because of Carthages lost to the Romans in the First Punic War 261-241 BC After Hamilcars death in 228 BC Hannibals brother in law Hasdrubal assumed command of the Carthaginian Army Seven years in 221BC Hasdrubal was assassinated In those years during Hasdrubals command Hannibal was the main officer to carry out all of Hasdrubals plans Hannibal was the unanimous choice to lead the Carthaginian Army Hannibal sought to extend the Carthage domain further in Spain By 219 he had reached the Ebro River and controlled all south of that but the city of Saguntum an ally of Rome Despite strong warnings form Rome Hannibal attacked Saguntum and after eight months of battle he controlled the city The Romans saw this as a violation of the existing treaty between Rome and Carthage and demanded the surrender of Hannibal When Carthaginian government did not hand over Hannibal for his actions the Romans declared war also know as the Second Punic War With a new war upon him Hannibal conjured up a plan of attack He evaded a Roman force that was sent to intercept him In October of 218 BC
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