The Battle of Ascvlvm
The opposing armies meet on the battlefield
The cavalry battle begins before the rest of the men begin to fight. The fighting on the first day of the battle would later end with no clear winner
The clash of cavalry continues as the battle commences behind them
The main battle commences with a thunderous racket as both sides slam into one another
The early part of the day would see the Romans begin to push back the Pyrrhic army, however, much like the cavalry battle, the first day of fighting would see no clear winner
At dawn on the second day of the battle, the Roman cavalry was forced down off of a small hill which had been used the previous day to aid them. Without this advantage and with the addition of some light infantry later in the day, the Roman cavalry quickly began to suffer many casualties and was forced to withdraw.
On the second day of the battle, Pyrrhos ordered his elephants to drive down the Roman lines to try and break the stalemate.
At the same time as the elephants began to attack, Pyrrhos charged the Roman lines along with his bodyguard. The two attacks combined caused many of the Romans to begin to waver substantially.
Many parts of the Roman line began to crumble under the overwhelming and relentless Greek force.
Not even a heroic sacrificial charge by Decivs Mvs could alter the outcome of the battle, however, as many of the Roman forces began to rout or withdraw.
The saving grace for the Romans was perhaps a panicked elephant who began to frighten the other beasts. Instead of pursue the fleeing Romans, Pyrrhos ordered his men to fall back in order to avoid unnecessary casualties caused by the elephants.