The Most Historically Significant Battles In History

These battles are so important to history that, without their outcomes, the world would be a much different place.

The Top Ten

1 The Battle of Stalingrad The Battle of Stalingrad

This battle kicked Germany out of the Caucasus. And it was the turning point (basically the "you're screwed" point of the war) of the war for the Reich. - TeamRocket747

Germany would have won WW2 because they way to Caucasus(oil) would have been wide open

This was the largest turning point in World War 2. The Nazis were so over confident that they decided to try and invade Russia, obviously being a bad choice. They slaughtered thousands of Soviet soldiers, but the Soviets didn't give up. Eventually, the German 6th Army was crushed and this gave way to the collapse of the Third Reich.

2 The Battle of Tours The Battle of Tours

The Umayyad army left France after this battle. Go Charles Martel! - TeamRocket747

This is the battle that secured Europe as a Christian continent. Had the Franks lost to the Umayyads, Europe would be predominantly muslim.

3 The Battle of Normandy The Battle of Normandy

If this battle didn't exist, I would assume the Soviets would win the Cold War. - TeamRocket747

As far as modern-day political lines, we are still working with the outcome of this battle today.

4 The Battle of Midway The Battle of Midway

The "you're screwed" point to Japan in the Pacific War. - TeamRocket747

5 The Battle of Cannae The Battle of Cannae
6 The Battle of Saratoga The Battle of Saratoga
7 The Battle of Waterloo The Battle of Waterloo


8 The Battle of New Orleans The Battle of New Orleans
9 The Battle of the Little Bighorn The Battle of the Little Bighorn

Very famous, and bloody, but really did nothing to change the course of history.

10 The Battle of Hastings The Battle of Hastings

It made British history, European history and World history.

When you consider the long-term effects that have occurred since the year 1066, this one tops them all.

The Contenders

11 Battle of Thermopylae Battle of Thermopylae
12 2nd Battle of the Somme 2nd Battle of the Somme

Germany looses the advantage and fals to the rhine - 3103460

13 Battle of Zama Battle of Zama
14 The Battle of the Alamo The Battle of the Alamo

Without This Battle The History Of The U.S.A And Texas Would Be Different - christangrant

15 The Battle of Gettysburg The Battle of Gettysburg
16 The Battle of Kadesh The Battle of Kadesh
17 Battle of Teutoburg Battle of Teutoburg
18 The Battle of Yorktown (American Revolutionary War, 1781) The Battle of Yorktown (American Revolutionary War, 1781)

This is the battle that created the most powerful country on earth today. Had the Americans lost, the British would still be the world's superpower and there would be no democracy.

19 Battle of Jerusalem Battle of Jerusalem
20 Battle of Tenochtitlan Battle of Tenochtitlan
21 The Battle of Britain

This was where the RAF managed to repel a Luftwaffe assault and prevented the Nazis setting foot in Britain.

22 Battle of Varna

The Crusade of Varna was one of the, if not THE most important battle Late Medieval Europe. With the crushing Ottoman victory, which resulted in the Hungarian and Polish King's death, there was no power left to contain the Ottoman expansion. Hungary fell into feudal anarchy, the Poles directed their attention elsewhere. Soon the entirety of the Balkans came under Ottoman rule, and later all of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Maghreb followed suit.

23 Meuse-Argonne Offensive
24 Battle of Verdun
25 Battle of Guadalcanal

First major battle involving the Americans and Japanese.

26 Battle of White Mountain

White Mountain. Though it was a fail to the Protestants, the Catholics stood their ground. And because of the atrocities that followed, the Thirty Years' War became a major conflict.

27 The Battle of Bunker Hill
28 Battle of the Chesapeake
29 Storming of the Bastille
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