Today 40 year veteran, Robert Fitzwilson, wrote the following piece exclusively for King World News. Fitzwilson, who is founder of The Portola Group, put together a fascinating piece which covers everything from Hannibal vs Rome, to gold, silver and the biggest financial fight in history. Below is Fitzwilson’s piece.
“In the summer of 216 B.C., a battle commenced that one historian called the biggest knife fight in history. In the Battle of Cannae, over 50,000 Roman soldiers drew up against their hated rival, Carthage. The Carthaginian army was led by Hannibal. The Carthaginians were believed to have had less than 40,000 soldiers to face the Romans.
There was no love lost. Hannibal was the son of another renowned Carthaginian general, Hamilcar Barca. His father made him swear to never be a friend of Rome….
“The Roman strategy was rooted in the Greek Hoplite method of war whereby two opposing armies would line up against each other and charge at the appropriate signal. The victors were usually those with the better training, equipment and motivation.