CANNAE is a military maneuver utilized by a smaller army against a superior advancing foe. In battle, the smaller army faces off with the larger by allowing the larger army’s forces in the center to advance more rapidly than those on either flank. By executing a tactical retreat, enabling the smaller more agile force to focus its strength on executing a double pincer movement by attacking both flanks. When properly executed, a much smaller force can surround and overwhelm a superior advancing force.
The maneuver gets its name from The Battle of Cannae, which took place at Cannae Italy, during the Second Punic War in 216 BC. Carthaginian General Hannibal used the maneuver to defeat a Roman force that was estimated to be twice the size. Hannibal’s much smaller force was able to utilize speed and agility in combination with superior strategy to crush the better-supplied and numerically superior Roman forces.
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Destruction of the Roman army (red) by Hannibal's forces (blue) at the Battle of Cannae during the Second Punic War, 216 BC.
Source: The Department of History, United States Military Academy