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Battle of the Trebia
- For the Napoleonic battle of Trebia, see Battle of Trebia (1799)
Hannibal's force was camped across the frozen Trebbia River (flowing from the Alps), near Piacenza. He sent light cavalry across the river to harass the Roman force and then to feign being routed. The Romans pursued the cavalry back across the river - when they reached the opposite bank they were set upon by the main Carthaginian army. Reports from the time state that the Romans were so cold after the river crossing that many soldiers could not even hold their weapons. This resulted in Hannibal's first great victory over the Romans.
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