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Numistro (210 BC)

By Bill Sumruld
(Based on Livy's Account)

Following the battle of Herdonea, Hannibal destroyed the town for its willingness to switch sides and moved his army to high ground near the Lucanian town of Numistro. He chose to place his camp on an easily defensible hill, with a level plain below. The Roman Consul, Marcus Claudius Marcellus, seeking to avenge the Roman defeat at Herdonea, boldly placed his camp on the open plain in front of the hill, near the town of Numistro.

A long and indecisive battle (which began in the early morning and was brought to a close by the fall of night) resulted in a tactical draw. Hannibal withdrew that night and Marcellus followed him the next morning.

Forces

Marcellus (Polybian Roman): 2x3Cv, 2x4Sp, 6x4Bd, 2x2Ps

Hannibal (Carthaginian): 2x3Cv, 1x2Lh, 1xEl, 2x4Sp, 2x4Ax (Spanish Scutarii), 2x3Wb,1x2Ps, 1x2Ps (Balearic Slingers).

Terrain and Deployment Notes

The following map outlines the key terrain features:


     =============Carthaginian Baseline==============
     cccccc.........h................................
     cccccc........h.................................
     .............h..................................
     ............h...................................
     ...........h....................................
     ssssssshhh......................................
     ................................................
     .....................................rrrrrrrrr..
     ....................................rrrrrrrrrrr.
     .....................................rrrrrrrrr..
     ................................................
     ................................................
     ................................................
     ................................................
     ................................................
     ................................................
     ...........................................ttttt
     ...........................................ttttt
     ...........................................ttttt
     ................................................
     ................................................
     ................................................
     ...................cccccc.......................
     ...................cccccc.......................
     ================Roman Baseline==================


KEY

c = Camp
t = Town (Numistro)
r = Bad going
h = Gentle slope
s = Steep slope (impassable)

Numistro is a small built up area sympathetic to the Romans if you want to use the DBA 2.0 BUA rules.

In the historical battle, one legion and one ala of Roman cavalry must form up with their right flank resting on the edge of the town. The rest of the Roman army is deployed in line across the front of their camp. The Carthaginians are also deployed in line of battle with their right flank on the hill top covering their camp and their left comprised of Auxilia (Spanish Scutarii) and Psiloi (Balearic Slingers) deployed opposite the bad going.

Victory Conditions

Normal DBA.


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Last Update: May 4, 2000

My thanks to Bill Sumruld for this scenario. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome. Send them to Chris Brantley at IamFanaticus@gmail.com.