Cannae for Hannibal was the definition of winning the battle but losing the war. However, his brilliant execution of a double envelopment would obsess tacticians for a millennia.
Robert Bateman taught military history at the United States Military Academy, George Mason University and Georgetown University. He is currently working on a book about doctrine, technology, and the culture of the US Army officer corps in the Interwar Period for Knopf. He can be reached at R_Bateman_LTC@hotmail.com