Battle of Walaja
The Battle of Walaja (Arabic: معركة الولجة) was a battle fought in Mesopotamia (Iraq) in May 633 between the Rashidun Caliphate army under Khalid ibn al-Walid and Al-Muthanna ibn Haritha against the Sassanid Empire and its Arab allies. In this battle the Sassanid army is said to have been two times the size of the Muslim army.
|Battle of Walaja|
|Part of the Islamic conquest of Persia|
Campaigns of Khalid ibn al-Walid
Map showing the region in Iraq where Battle of Walaja was fought.
Christian Arab allies
|Commanders and leaders|
|Khalid ibn al-Walid||
|Casualties and losses|
Khalid defeated the numerically superior Sassanian forces using a variation of the double envelopment tactical manoeuvre, similar to the manoeuvre Hannibal used to defeat the Roman forces at the Battle of Cannae; however, Khalid is said to have developed his version independently.