BHG Community Manager
- May 6, 2022
This weekend is our Hannibal Crosses the Alps Event!
The Crossing of the Alps during the Second Punic War by Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca is considered one of the greatest feats of logistics and willpower in ancient military history. Carthage and Rome had vied for dominance in the Mediterranean for decades, with Rome gradually gaining the upper hand. However, under Hannibal’s innovative generalship, Carthage was able to send a mixed-ethnicity army of tens of thousands of soldiers, plus terrifying war elephants, across the heights of the Alps in order to take the fight directly to Roman territory.
Starting from present-day Spain in April of 218 BCE, the trip took nearly nine months. Between fighting off local barbarian tribes and the arduous crossing itself, Hannibal lost nearly half of his forces and almost all the elephants, with only a few of the pachyderms surviving the cold. However, upon reaching the Italian peninsula, the Carthaginian army was able to inflict several defeats on the Roman forces. Their biggest success came at the Battle of Cannae, where Hannibal was able to effect a double-envelopment of the much larger Roman army, killing most of the opposing forces. Cannae is considered one of the most lopsided victories of all time, and nearly cost Rome her nascent empire.
Enjoy these discounts for a limited time!
25% off the following building upgrades:
• Mercenary Camp
33% off the following troop upgrades:
• General Hannibal
• Heavy Infantry
33% off Sabotage War Tactic upgrades!