The Battle of Telamon is a battle that occurred near the town of Telamon (now Talamone) in Tuscany, Italy in 225 BC. It features in Rome: Total War as a historical battle. You take the role of a Gallic army as it tries to defeat two Roman armies that have surrounded her.
The Gallic army is composed mainly of heavy infantry, with several units of cavalry and war dogs, two units of skirmishers and one of light infantry.
After the end of the First Punic War, the Romans had every right to feel pleased with their results. There had been unrest in northern Italy, but the mere appearance of an army had quashed any opposition. However, in 225 BC an alliance of Gallic tribes and mercenaries from Transalpine Gaul moved into Etruria through an unguarded pass in the Apenines. To meet this invasion, the Romans have called on the resources and manpower of all middle and southern Italy, who rapidly mobilised defensive forces. As a result, they succeeded in outmaneouvring the Gauls, and forced the invaders towards the coast of Tuscany, while another army made an unopposed landing at Pisae and prevented them from a line of retreat. The Gauls were surrounded, trapped.
After Telamon the Romans decided that enough was enough. Northern Italy would have to be secured and the Gauls defeated, a task that would eventualy double the area under Rome's direct control. By 220 BC nearly all the Gallic tribes had submited and Carthage was severely weakened by the loss of one of its main sources of mercenaries. The peace won would not be long standing.