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Hannibal took the degree of those humans quick adequate, and it truly is major that during his campaigns he used Gallic manpower fairly cynically, exploiting their bravery yet by no means placing them ready the place they weren't flanked by means of informed troops, nor with no rearguard that will carry them in the event that they attempted to damage and run. because the complete weight of the Carthaginian touchdown started to make itself felt the Gauls took to their heels. Hannibal had validated his beachhead at the japanese financial institution of the Rhône, and the opposite troops have been rapid to keep on with as a typical ferry-service used to be verified. through sundown that evening they have been absolutely encamped at the jap financial institution. the subsequent morning grave information reached them: a Roman military had disembarked and used to be assembled close to the japanese mouth of the Rhône. If Scipio was once astonished to listen to that Hannibal was once around the Pyrenees, Hannibal used to be rarely much less shocked to listen to of the Romans at so brief a distance from him. of the Numidian horse have been instantly despatched off to monitor the whereabouts of the, enemy and to take inventory in their numbers. Hannibal had no desire to struggle in Gaul—however winning the result may perhaps be—for his target used to be to get his military into Italy. as a result of the hold up in Spain, he was once already a ways in the back of in his timetable, and the crossing of the Rhône, which must have been in midsummer, or previous, in all likelihood happened in the direction of the top of September. If he not on time any further the mountain passes of the Alps will be irrevocably closed. in the meantime huge piers have been equipped out into the river with rafts connected to them on the some distance finish, for the shipping of the elephants. to those of their flip have been mounted towing-lines for the boats that have been to tug them throughout. ‘After this they piled up a volume of earth on all of the line of the rafts, till the total was once at the comparable point and of an analogous visual appeal because the course on shore resulting in the crossing. ’ One senses back in Polybius’ account the long-lost manuscript of that Greek eye-witness. The animals have been constantly acquainted with obey their mahouts as much as the water, yet might by no means input it on any account, they usually now drove them alongside over the earth with adult females in entrance, whom they obediently undefined. once they set foot at the final rafts the ropes which held those quickly to the others have been reduce, and the boats pulling taut, the towing traces speedily tugged clear of the pile of earth the elephants and the rafts on which they stood. Hereupon the animals turning into very alarmed at the beginning became around and ran approximately in all instructions, yet as they have been close in on either side by way of the movement they eventually grew afraid and have been forced to maintain quiet. during this demeanour, by means of carrying on with to connect rafts to the top of the constitution, they controlled to get so much of them over on those, yet a few have been so apprehensive that they threw themselves into the river while midway throughout. The mahouts of those have been all drowned, however the elephants have been stored, for as a result of the ability and size in their trunks they saved them above the water and breathed via them, even as spouting out any water that acquired into their mouths and so held out, such a lot of them passing throughout the water on their toes.