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Candi
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08:02:55 PM Feb 13th 2013
"The Carthaginians, particularly those under the command of Hannibal, practiced this. The most notable example would be the Battle of Cannae, in which the Romans pushed back Hannibal's center only to be surrounded by the enemy wings and absolutely crushed. (Cannae is still basic material in officer schools today.)"

Not helped that the Roman army of the time were not professionals. The cavalry especially were those who could afford horses, not those who were good at the job. That disaster led to the beginnings of the Roman professional army, changes in marching tactics, and the ditching of the alternate-days-of-command which helped lead to that situation in the first place. (The history that led to and resulted from the whole Cannae situation is a very interesting read.)
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