Top Ten Greatest Battles in History


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Stalingrad (World War II, 1942-43)
Something ridiculous like 19 of the 20 most bloody battles in history took place on the Eastern Front in WW2 between Russia and Germany - Stalingrad was the one that knocked the stuffing out of the German War machine. The only 2 Battles that had as potentially as big an impact in History are the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Hastings. Maybe even The Somme - as once again the German War Machine suffered casualties it never recovered from. Too many of these lists are dominated by small scale American Battles. America is of massive importance to the world - but the battles she has been involved in didn't really impact on world history as often the result wouldn't have changed the inevitable conclusions
Stalingrad was the last great offensive by the German Nazis on the Eastern Front. Their defeat in the city on the Volga River marked the beginning of a long series of battles that would lead the Russians to Berlin and Hitter's Third Reich to defeat. The Battle of Stalingrad resulted in the death or capture of more than a quarter million German soldiers, and denied the rich Caucasus oil fields to the Nazis.


Epic in all proportions, Stalingrad was the definitive turning point in the European Theatre of WWII. Over a million and a half men were engaged in this struggle. When it was over the Germans lost over 6 months of war production material. Over 100,000 German soldiers were captured when Stalingrad fell back to the Russians. Only 3000 German prisoners ever lived to see Germany again. A monumental struggle.

2Operation Overlord (Normandy, France 1944, WWII)
All the Ruskies think Stalingrad was the most important because they were getting their asses kicked until they won one battle that they treated as the so called "turning point" in WW2. Operation Overlord liberated France and pushed the Germans back with skilled troops unlike the Russians and their strategy of sending unarmed soldiers and instructing them to pick up weapons from other guys that don't work half the time.
Allies fighting on the beaches, nazis shooting with their MG42's, this is LEGENDARY!
Largest Naval and largest airborne invasion of all time. By far.

3Thermopylae (Persia / Greece War 480 BC)
I believe that the Battle of Thermopylae not only is the bravest in history but also one of the most Important! The 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians that finally stayed in the Battlefield fought for both Glory and Freedom. They were undisputedly the bravest soldiers in the world. They knew they were going to die, but still fought rather than retreat or surrender!
Despite their defeat by the Athenians at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, the Persians were not finished with their determination to conquer mainland Greece.
The greatest most memorable bravery in history I love thermopylae and I admire and respect leonidas and his 300 spartans for their sacrifice
[Newest]It was the turning point for all humanity thanks to those few we many are here.

4Yorktown (American Revolution, 1781)
The Battle of Yorktown was the climax of the American Revolution and directly led to the independence of the United States of America. While others may have been larger and more dramatic, no battle in history has been more influential. From the days following their victory at Yorktown, Americans have steadily gained power and influence up to their present role as the world's most prosperous nation and the only military superpower.
The rebels' chances of success seemed remote when the American colonies formally declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.


It may not be as important to other countries as it is to the USA, but when a small ragtag force of militants (with help from France in the naval front, of course) manage to defeat the most powerful military force on the planet, it's something that ought to be remembered.
It's not always about the bloodiest battles. Sometimes it's about the importance of the battle

5Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars, 1815)
I believe if it was not for that victory Europe would have been run by a despot from France who thought of nothing more than promoting his family to posts that they were not suited and did not care what what the locals thought.
Whilst Napolean was a Great General and leader of men it was purely Frances wishes to be a super Power which they never really aspired to despite seval attempts to.
This battle ended not only Napoleon's Hundred Days' War but also 23 years of almost constant war between France and the rest of Europe


Made ABBA win euro vision by this title such a great song!

6Battle of Midway (World War II, 1942)
Six minutes to destroy the heart of the greatest fleet ever assembled... And shatter the dreams of worldwide empire associated with this fleet.
The gratest defeat of evil. By luck, skill and determination in the face of death.
Winning this battle changed everything in the Pacific theater. The victory made it much easier for the U.S. to focus on the European theater.

7Battle of Britain (World War II, 1940)
This was a brilliant side conflict in ww2 and a very important victory on so many levels. Not only did Britain retain its 'defiant under any circumstances' status during ww2, but it also humiliated the high command of the Luftwaffe, annihilated the moral of the German people, boosted the moral of Britain, gave Birth to the legends such as the spitfire and most importantly; hammered the final nail in the coffin for a German invasion of Britain. Faced against impossible odds yet still kicked ass - typical Britain to be honest.
The Brits kicked the Nazis butts I mean really come on people
Without this battle Germany would probably have won the war

8Battle of Troy (Trojan War around 1200 BC)
The time period of war was the age of Homer, a great writer who wrote the Iliad, the story of the war.
However, it was the involvement of the gods that made this war so different and important to history. It still hasn't been proven whether the war really happened or not.
Altough it may be a war that never occurred, the stories and legends of this battle makes it more interesting than most real wars in human history.

9Hastings (Norman Conquest of England, 1066)
The Norman victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 was the last successful invasion of England--and the first and only since the Roman conquest a thousand years earlier. Its aftermath established a new feudal order that ensured that England would adopt the political and social traditions of continental Europe, rather than those of Scandinavia. The single battle also gained the country's crown for the Norman leader William.


Hastings was not, as many people believe, the last time England was invaded nor was it the last time England saw war on its home ground. The English Civil war and William of Orange's 'invasion' are two good examples.

10Battle of Ngoc Hoi Dong Da (1788-1789)

The Contenders

11Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)
The last war before Vietnam was free from the thousand years of Chinese domination.

12Tet Offensive (Vietnam War 1968)
It was the turning point in the Vietnam War

13Invasion of Champa (Cham-Viet War 1471)

14Battle of Berlin (World War II, 1945)
Soviets kicked serious ass
They were capped by soviets

15Battle of the Alamo (Texas Revolution, 1836)
The texans were outnumbered 200 to 6, 000, yet they held their ground till the bloody end. After hours of relentless fighting their were less the 1, 800 of Santa Anna's troops were still alive. Although the battle was lost, the Alamo remained and still remains a sign of freedom.
The ALAMO Defenders ALL Should be held up there with the Greatest!
For Their utmost all for Freedom as you truly say
Americans Should be reminded about the Utmost They Gave against impossible odds
Against Tyrrany and the Free Word

16Battle of Bunker Hill (American Revolutionary War, 1775)

17Gaugamela (331 BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia)
At Gaugamela, Alexander was probably outnumbered 2 to 1 and was in a tactical disadvantage due to the fact that Darius III had Scythed chariots and removed vegetation to let them perform to their maximum capability.

Despite this, Alexander managed to defeat Darius against the odds and stole substantial loot to further conquer the rest of Persia and face the army of Porus in India
Alexander's most epic battle


18Battle of Yarmouk (Rashidun Caliph / Eastern Roman Empire, 636)
Had the Muslims lost the battle Islam would have confined to the Arabian peninsula
Yarmouk is the best because 60 persons (Muslims) had fought with 60000 persons in the battlefield & they won.
It's courageous and tactical and bravery war.

19Leipzig (Napoleonic Wars, 1813)
The allied victory over Napoleon at Leipzig in 1813 marked the first significant cooperation among European nations against a common foe. As the largest armed clash in history up to that time, Leipzig led to the fall of Paris and the abdication of Napoleon.


Marked the true end of the French Empire, even the 100 days could do nothing to help Napoleon rusee again from this coalition defeat after his failed invasion of Russia

20Battle of the Bulge (WWII, 1944–1945)

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