Top Ten Greatest Battles in History


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1Stalingrad (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.

- MatrixGuy

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.

Bombs released shrapnel in the urban ruins of Stalingrad, Soldiers from each side charged to enemy lines while gunned downed in the process. Hand to Hand combat in the city streets as soldiers gouge their eyes out! THIS LEGENDARY BATTLE LITERALLY CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY AND PREVENTED Nazi CONQUEST OF THE ENTIRE EARTH!

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2Operation Overlord (Normandy, France 1944, WWII)

Allies fighting on the beaches, nazis shooting with their MG42's, this is LEGENDARY!

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.

Largest Naval and largest airborne invasion of all time. By far.

A lot sacrificed...

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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

It was the turning point for all humanity thanks to those few we many are here.

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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. - MatrixGuy

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

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5Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars, 1815)

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 - MatrixGuy

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

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.

6Battle of Saragarhi (Tirah Campaign War, 1897)

Great fighters with great heart

One of the best war only 21 against 10000

Great fight fought with loin heart

Ultimate bravery

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7Battle 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.

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.

The gratest defeat of evil. By luck, skill and determination in the face of death.

Americans defeated one of the largest, and most successful navy's in the whole world at that time - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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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 may have lost it, but they didn't lose their country. Sure they were powerful, clever, and smart, but they had no match against a country that controls most of Europe. If you could go back to 1950, they were still wreaked after WW2.

"Never in the history of human conflict was so much owed, by so many, to so few." The words of Winston Churchill.
If the Brits had caved in under the onslaught of the Luftwaffe that had so easily swept all aside until this point then the world could easily be a very different place. Be it under the leadership of the Nazis or the USSR it is hard to say but I for one would rather neither. Well done the RAF... Well done indeed chaps!

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9Battle 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.

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.
- MatrixGuy

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 Newcomers

?Battle of Bannockburn (First War of Scottish Independence, 1314)
?Battle of Myeongnyang (Imjin War, 1597)

The Battle of Myeongnyang was a naval battle between Chosun, an Ancient Korean Kingdom, and Japan. It was held in the southwest corner of the Korean Peninsula in October, 1597.
After a series of defeat from the Japanese, the Chosun navy was left with 13 ships in total and faced 133 Japanese ships. Using his clever naval tactics, Admiral Yi was able to destroy 31 Japanese ships, even with the shortage of ships, troops, and supplies.

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11Battle of Ngoc Hoi Dong Da (1788-1789)

During this battle Quang Trung managed to defeat the Qing army while being outnumbered 1 to 4.

Great Emperor Quang Trung was outnumbered from 50,000 to 200,000 four times his entire army and he was outsupplied and his troops were tired but Quang Trung won anyway.

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12Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)

The last war before Vietnam was free from the thousand years of Chinese domination.

13Battle of the Bulge (WWII, 1944–1945)
14Tet Offensive (Vietnam War 1968)

It was the turning point in the Vietnam War

15Battle of Yarmouk (Rashidun Caliph / Eastern Roman Empire, 636)

Had the Muslims lost the battle Islam would have confined to the Arabian peninsula

It's courageous and tactical and bravery war.

Yarmouk is the best because 60 persons (Muslims) had fought with 60000 persons in the battlefield & they won.

40,000 Muslims against 250,000 Romans and the Romans lost

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16Invasion of Champa (Cham-Viet War 1471)
17Battle of Berlin (World War II, 1945)

Since my family went through this and I heard first hand what the Berliners endured I vote for this

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18Battle 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.

Battle took place in a deserted half finished Spanish mission in San Antonio, Texas. Many famous people fought in the battle such as James Bowie, William Travis, and David Crockett.

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

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19Gaugamela (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

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20Battle of Bunker Hill (American Revolutionary War, 1775)

Great battle good stuff

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1. Thermopylae (Persia / Greece War 480 BC)
2. Gaugamela (331 BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia)
3. Battle of Troy (Trojan War around 1200 BC)
1. Stalingrad (World War II, 1942-43)
2. Hastings (Norman Conquest of England, 1066)
3. Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars, 1815)
1. Battle of Ngoc Hoi Dong Da (1788-1789)
2. Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)
3. Yorktown (American Revolution, 1781)

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