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.


No other battle in world history can reach those level of degradation as well as heroism
[Newest]It was the turning point in World War II

2Thermopylae (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]Persia fought very well and never gave up. They were consumed by their spirits.

3Yorktown (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's not always about the bloodiest battles. Sometimes it's about the importance of the battle

4Operation Overlord (Normandy, France 1944, WWII)
Allies fighting on the beaches, nazis shooting with their MG42's, this is LEGENDARY!
Pretty amazing battle, and why isn't the Alamo on here? The Alamo was a legendary battl
Some people who have seen saving private ryan still don't now what this battle is, probobly one of the most heroic battles of ww2

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 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.

7Gaugamela (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


8Battle 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

9Battle 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.
It changed the course of the pacific what
[Newest]It changed the course of the pacific war

10Hastings (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.

The Contenders

11Marathon (Persia / Greece War 490 B.C.)
Darius, the leader of Persia, Egypt, Babylon, and India, decided to become the ruler of Greece as well. But the Greeks, armed only with javelins and swords, defeated the much larger and better armed Persian army. What we remember today is the story of the messenger who brought the good news to Athens, the capital of Greece. Upon completing his 26-mile run, legend says he delivered his message, collapsed, and died. Today, the word marathon means a footrace of exactly 26 miles, 385 yards.
Western civilization was spread around Europe by the Roman empire. The Romans copied much of their culture from the Greeks. So it stands to reason that if the Athenians had lost their would be no western culture.
This battle truely determined civilization as we know it!

12Battle of Ngoc Hoi Dong Da (1788-1789)

13Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)
The last war before Vietnam was free from the thousand years of Chinese domination.

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

15Battle for Kursk (World War II, 1943)
It was the largest tank battle in history.

16Invasion of Champa (Cham-Viet War 1471)

17Tet Offensive (Vietnam War 1968)
It was the turning point in the Vietnam War

18Battle of Bunker Hill (American Revolutionary War, 1775)

19Battle of Cannae (Second Punic War, 216 BC)
THE single greatest tactical defeat in history.
Rome gathered the largest army they ever had done (80, 000 men) in an attempt to crush the much weaker invading Carthaginians. However, the Carthaginian leader, Hannibal, devised a brilliant tactic to somehow defeat the massive Roman army. He tricked them into getting encircled by his smaller army and then slaughtered almost all of them. Somehow a genius had beaten the sheer might of Rome with a much smaller army.
The Romans were given every advantage over the Carthaginians in this battle but the Carthaginians still annihilated them. Hannibal's Carthaginians were outnumbered 2 to 1, had lost most of their elephants and resources while crossing the Alps, and were an army of mostly barbarian mercenaries who could turn on Carthage at any moment. This single battle almost ended the Punic Wars in Carthage's favor.

20Battle 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.

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