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Боевые слоны в карфагенских армиях

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For the first time Carthaginians had seen the war elephants on Sicily during the war against Pyrrhus. After that they had made war elephants’ divisions, which Carthaginians had being caught on the Atlas mountain foot. This threatening form of armament they had used during the conquering of Spain and against Romans during Punic wars. With their help Carthaginians had broken through the Roman formation in the Battle of Tunes in 256 BC, and Hannibal could carry them out over Rhone and Alps. To the end of the Second Punic War Carthaginians had depleted the resources of these beasts to their army, and it became one of the factors of Carthaginian war power weakening. The alive elephants were given to the Romans after capitulation in 201 BC.

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Received: 
13.04.2011
Accepted: 
09.09.2011
Published: 
07.12.2011