- Battle of the Bagradas River (239 BC)
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of the Bagradas River
place=Mouth of the Bagradas River coord|34|00|00|N|32|00|00|E|
strength1= 10,000 militia, 500 cavalry, 70 elephants
strength2= 25,000 infantry
casualties1= 500 killed
casualties2=6,000 killed, 2,000 captured
The Battle of the Bagradas River was a battle in
239 BCbetween Hamilcar Barcaof Carthageand the town of Utica. It marked Carthage's first major victory in the Mercenary War. For the battle fought in 255 BCduring the First Punic War, see Battle of Tunis.
Hamilcar Barca was called out of
retirementto replace Hanno the Great, following his embarrassing defeat at Utica. Intent on retaking the town, Hamilcar began moving his troops across the beach where they were quickly surrounded by a horde of insurgents from the city, as well as professional soldiers from a nearby castle they were passing. Charging his war elephants around the insurgent horde, Hamilcar was able to reach a nearly undefended Utica where the NumidianChief Naravas had remained.
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