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]The Spartans stood up for Greece and not give up

3Operation 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

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'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 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.

14Tet Offensive (Vietnam War 1968)
It was the turning point in the Vietnam War

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

16Battle of Berlin (World War II, 1945)
Soviets kicked serious ass
They were capped by soviets

17Invasion of Champa (Cham-Viet War 1471)

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

19Battle 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.

20Battle 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.

21Leipzig (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

22Battle of Badr (Muslim-Quraish Wars, 624)
This should be ranked number 1
Had the pagans won it would have been the end of Islam
If the Muslims had lost this battle, the world would have never known Islam existed.
[Newest]Yes, it's the great decisive war for the Islam.

23Battle of Dien Bien Phu (First Indochina War, 1954)
The French defeat started a chain of events that led to the United States' going to war against North Vietnam-a war that was to be the longest and in many ways the most costly in American History. Certainly one of the most important battles in World History.

24Battle of Vienna (Great Turkish War, 1683)
The battle marked the historic end of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into Europe.
Why is this so far down?

25Battle of the Somme (World War I, 1916)

26Antietam (American Civil War, 1862)
The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history, stopped the first Confederate invasion of the North. It also ensured that European countries would not recognize the Confederacy or provide them with much-needed war supplies. While the later battles at Gettysburg and Vicksburg would seal the fate of the rebel states, the defeat of the rebellion began along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862.


If were talking the amount of bloodshed than this needs to be much higher. there were many times more deaths in this war than in WWII


I live in america

27Iwo Jima (WWII, 1945)
One of the greatest battles the US ever fought


28Empire's conquest of Babylon by Cyrus the Great (539 BCE)
I don't know why this is on the list. There was no battle at Babylon with the Persians. They Babylonians simply let them in out of fear.

29Battle 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.

30Kadesh (Egyptian-Hittite Wars, 1274 BC)
This battle was a major turning point in Ancient Warfare no doubt.

31Battle of Moscow (World War II, 1941)

32Cajamarca (Spanish Conquest of Peru, 1532)
Francisco Pizarro conquered the largest amount of territory ever taken in a single battle when he defeated the Incan Empire at Cajamarca in 1532. Pizarro's victory opened the way for Spain to claim most of South America and its tremendous riches, as well as imprint the continent with its language, culture, and religion.


33Huai-Hai (Chinese Civil War, 1948)
Huaihai Campaign or Battle of Hsupeng (also Xu-Beng) was a decisive military action during 1948 and 1949, it was the determining battle of the Chinese Civil War. It is one of the few conventional battles of the war. 500,000 troops of the Republic of China (under the Kuomintang) were surrounded in Xuzhou (Hsuchow) and destroyed by the communist People's Liberation Army.


34Battle of Arnhem (WWII, 1944)
Part of the downfall of Operation Market Garden

35Zama (Roman/Carthaginian Wars 202 B.C.)
This battle marked the downfall of Hannibal, one of history's most famous and daring generals

36Operation Market Garden (WWII, 1944)
If this operation was successful, the war would have ended by Christmas. However there were some complications involving the prepared Waffen SS.
The concept was to deploy tonnes of U. S paratroopers into occupied Holland to secure roads and bridges, most notably at Nijmegen and Arnhen.

37Leyte Gulf (WWII, 1944)
This is the Biggest naval battle of World War 2 and in some criteria the biggest naval battle in history.
Kamikaze v US Naval/Air Force. Legendary.

38Battle of the Hydaspes (Wars of Alexander the Great, 326 BC)
If it was not raining Alexander would have killed the very moment he entered the battlefield and Darius was never the ruler of India. When Alexander inavaded India Chanragupta Maurya defeated them get it

39Battle of Trafalgar (Napoleonic War 1805)

40Operation Husky (World War II, 1943)
Also known as the liberation of Italy

41Battle of Gallipoli (World War I, 1915-1916)

42Battle of Baltimore (War of 1812)
Out numbered in every way but the US still Owned Britan.


43Battle of Warsaw (Polish-Soviet War, 1920)
The Battle of Warsaw saved Europe from the expansion of Communism!

44Pakistan/India War 1965

45Battle of Onikawa [ww2, Allies-Japanese, 1944-1945]

46Tsushima (Russo-Japanese War 1905)

47Battle of Rezang La (Sino-Indian War, 1962)
Sometimes considered to the Battle of Thermopylae, battle of Rezangla was the bloodiest battle of '62 war between India and China where 13 Kumaon led by Major Shaitan Singh consisting of just 120 soldiers stood and fought bravely to the last man, to the last bullet inflicting heavy casualties on the Chinese. It is estimated that they killed more than 1000 soldiers with A.303 rifle and a 3 inch mortar section without the use of artillery. This was not in vain as the Chinese march to Ladakh was halted and few days later they unilaterally declared ceasefire.
Wish I was there with you fighting and laying down my life for my motherland. Santosh.21.

48Sisak Battle (Croatia - Ottoman Empire)

49Dieppe Raid (World War II, 1942)

50Operation Neptune (Omaha Beach, WWII 1944)

51Battle of Issus (Wars of Alexander the Great, 333 BC)
Alexander the Great, outnumber 2.5 to 1 still defeated Darius I. It was a most impressive battle that was the beginning of the end of the Persian Empire.

52Battle of Austerlitz (War of the Third Coalition, 1805)
War was changed forever as the battle with speed and cunning became relevant.
The greater battle of history

53Battle of Mogadishu (The Game Theorists, 1993)

54Battle of the Chesapeake (American Revolution, 1781)

55Sorena / Crassus (53 B.C. Iran War)

56Battle of Agincourt (Hundred Years' War, 1415)
Point where Germany lost the war.

57Battle of Hastings (Norman Conquest of England, 1066 A. D.)
Had the Normans lost this battle England and France's relationship would have been entirely different for centuries after.

58Battle of the Bulge (WWII, 1944–1945)

59Battle of Little Bighorn (American West, 1876)

60Vimy Ridge

61Battle of al-Qādisiyyah (Persian War, 636)
This battle open Asia to Islamic conquest, after this battle the Muslim took the control of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia

62Battle of Kosovo (Serbia vs Ottoman Empire, 1389)

63Battle of Poltava (Great Northern War, 1709)
This battle took place near the village of Poltava in what is now Eastern Ukraine the year 1709 during the Great northern war. The Russian tsar peter the greats army crushed the swedish invading army of karl XII. the swedish war machine that was known at that time as one of the most effective armies of Europe proved to get defeated. after this battle, the tables turned against the swedish and tsar peter advanced into swedish territory. the swedish empire was doomed to collapse and hence the rise of the mighty Russian empire was a fact.

64Battle of Lechfeld (Hungarian invasions of Europe, 955)
For centuries, the West was beset by various invaders from the east commonly referred to as "Huns." Following this pivotal battle and Otto the Great's decisive victory, the Magyars ceased their depredations and within half a century and with the conversion of King Stephen, Hungary was integrated into Christendom.

65Battle of Manzikert (Byzantine-Seljuk Wars, 1071)

66Battle of Ramla (Crusades, 1101)
Under brave leader Hugo von Falkenberg only 1.160 brave European crusaders defeated an Fatimid army of over 31.000.


67Battle of Gettysburg (American Civil War, 1863)
This turned the war around! America stayed as one and it was the deadliest day in U.S. History. Watch Gettysburg the movie then you'll get it

68Fall of Constantinople (Ottoman / Byzantine Empire, 1453)
it's one of the most legendary conquests of all time. Constantinople was sieged 28 times before, but none of them succeeded because of the sea way was closed, the ships were pushed on the ground by the force of oxen and men. About seventy ships entered the golden horn by pushing on the road. the siege lasted 53 days, Sultan Mehmed II was only 21 years old when he conquered Constantinople.


This battle was a decisive point in Turkey's history, if the Byzantines had won then Christianity would have had a much stronger influence in the Middle East.

69Somme (World War I, 1916)
So many brave men on both sides lost their lives it was fought on the border between france and germany. It was an extremely bloody battl, over 1,000,000 casualties.
This was 1 of the greatest battles ever

70Battle for Vienna (Austria-Ottoman Wars, 1529)
The Ottoman Turks' unsuccessful siege of Vienna in 1529 marked the beginning of the long decline of their empire. It also stopped the advance of Islam into central and western Europe, and ensured that the Christian rather than the Muslim religion and culture would dominate the region.


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