Top Ten Greatest Battles in History
The Top Ten
Great fighters with great heart
These comments have a broken English, and I have never heard of this battle and yet it's number one by far, and have hundreds of comments.
So that means that this list has been hacked by bots, so stop it!
One of the best war only 21 against 10000
Should the number one battle of all time
Great fight fought with loin heart
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.
Hitler made a lot of mistakes, but refusing to retreat from Stalingrad and getting encircled is one of the biggest. Millions of casualties on both sides, soldiers and civilians, atrocities horrific to imagine, a desperate defense of a ruined city and the most decisive battle of WW2. This was the bloodiest battle in history, not helped by the fact that Stalin had all the civilians kept in the city to make the soldiers fight harder.
With out a doubt this is the most important battle in history. If the Germans would have took Stalingrad they would have been in position to take Moscow. Think would have happened if Hitler didn't choose to invade the Soviet Union and focused the Germany forces on the West. This battle put the Germans in retreat mode until the end of the War. The only battle I feel comes close to it would be D-Day just from the fact it resulted in the Germans being attacked from all sides and resulted in somewhat quick end to the War.
Think carefully. If this naval invasion had not succeeded, the next step would have been deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe. Not a good scenario at all, but that is what would have happened.
The Russians had taken the most casualties and inflicted the most casualties against the Werhmacht. Over 80% of German casualties were caused by the Eastern Front. If the Russians hadn't won Stalingrad, the Soviet Union would've been taken out, allowing the elite veterans of the German Army to return and kick the Americans and Brits asses back to England.
Allies fighting on the beaches, nazis shooting with their MG42's, this is LEGENDARY!
To deceive the Germans the way the Allies did and to land an epic and large amphibious attack on the shores of Normandy is awesome and quite a heroic scene.
"Never in the history of human conflict was so much owed, by so many, to so few."
These words of Winston Churchill refer to Polish pilots of RAF - The 303 Squadron.
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.
If the Germans had won this they would have hit they US as they was able and the US could have hit back didn't have the ability as they had everything on Japan would have won both on there only so Britain held Germany in Europe as with out a dout Germany was the strongest nation by far. I would like to point out not German but it is clear to see if you do really research
How is this battle not first? If the British had of lost this battle than we will all be speaking German.
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
It's important for America's independence, even with the help of the France
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Waterloo was not a great battle. Napoleon was down 50,000 men and had have the amount of canons his enemies did. The only reason it's great was Napolean was a genius so people expect when he's down by 130 canons and 50,000 men he will still win
The fact you tried to say that America took Great Britain alone there is bonkers! France Gave you 8800 troops on top your 11000 so if your trying to say that you were the primary power fighting and that You took on the Greatest power, No, France and Britain were pretty close at that moment in time so BOOOM!
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
This battle is not great because Spartans were just superior warriors, but because of their ethical values and principles that they followed through to the very end. When persian scouts went to spy what the Spartans were doing before the battle, they reported back that the Spartans were casually combing their hair, and laughing. They knew they were going to die, yet they were going to pass away with no fear, beautiful and proud. Being a Spartan ment no fear, endurance in pain, and never ever letting down your fellow warrior. They represented the Greek Laconic spirit and way of life. Direct sincere with no doubts. SIncere in life and in death. That is the reason of why this battle after 2.500 years is still an example of how humans can become immortal. This is why people will always remember and respect King Leonidas and his few 300 warriors that stood against an army of 100.000-150.000 Persians. This is why we
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 legend leonidas leader of spartan threw the Persian empire back because "This is Sparta"
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.
Americans defeated one of the largest, and most successful navy's in the whole world at that time
They were capped by soviets
Soviets kicked serious ass
I hate nazis but the German citizens at least most of them fought bravely against the Russians a absolutely unwinable battle that lasted even after hitler killed himself for about ten days longer
What a utter devastation
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.
The battle itself was not great as William had a massive advantage with his heavily armed mounted knights against Saxon troops who had little training and had just forced marched halfway across England. It was afterwards that makes the battle historic. The normans brought with them the feudal system of government and much of our language. They brought England inti the political stage of Western Europe.
I believe it should be higher and I also think duke William is a underrated military strategist even though the Normans had a huge advantage over the English Anglo Saxons militarily because of having mounted fighters being heavy cavalry at that when the English had just marched 250 miles twice in order to defeat the Vikings at Stamford bridge fighting tired but well and bravely against a far superior force with a clever leader without cavalry
England is French
Kursk should be way higher on the list at least number 2 after Stalingrad. It was the largest tank battle in the world and after it the soviets gained the upper hand in the eastern front as the Germans weren't able to mount any offensives and were on the retreat in the east for the rest of the war. The battle turned the tide in Europe if Germany won it's likely the soviets would have been defeated and Germans could focus more of there troops on the west so may have won the war.
It was the largest tank battle in history.
Largest battle in WWII. Millions of men, 100 of thousand of mortars, cannon, tanks, aircraft.
The refusal of Japanese to surrender in this battle was one of the reasons the bombs were dropped, changing history forever.
One of the greatest battles the US ever fought
Part of the downfall of Operation Market Garden
Lead to the resignation of Robert McNamara and the stepping down of Lyndon Johnson as president of the United states of America the first president to not seek re-election. While it was a military defeat for the communists, the sheer psychological impact of Tet on the U.S meant that they realised that the war could not be won despite their best efforts the North were just too determined and militarily strong
Although this was tactically and strategically a victory for the USA and South Vietnam, the wide media coverage of the Tet Offensive caused outrage in the American public. This was a crushing blow to American spirit and led the the USA's withdrawal from Vietnam.
It was the turning point in the Vietnam War
Damn media. Great victory, but the media exaggerated the coverage of the Tet Offensive.
Very sexy battle, without the battle the war would have been longer.
Hitler's last push failed because he refused to let his marshals do the work and insisted on trying to command.
This is a Great Battle, we are in fact studying it in History. It is quite interesting for young students like me, to see how soliders fought and how strong they stayed.
Don't know much
Had the Normans lost this battle England and France's relationship would have been entirely different for centuries after.
Military circles call this "the battle"
The Romans out numbered Hannibal's army by a very large margarine. However due to the sheer genius of tactics devised by Hannibal putting his weaker forces in the centre and his strongest at the flanks turned the flat line of Carthaginian forces into a concave forcing the Romans into a compact line. As the mounted forces defeated the Romans horsemen encircled and turned the entire battle on it's shoulders as close to minimum casualties to Hannibal's men and countless on Rome's
The third major, and greatest, Hannibal's victory over the Roman forces. This is where war becomes an art. Hannibal managed, with a much smaller force, to encircle the 80,000 men strong Roman army, by making them act stupidly and with force, without thinking. Rome lost 20% of her adult male population in this battle.
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.
Just look up the double envelopment.
This was 1 of the greatest battles ever
The stage of modern war...
Over 1 million lives were lost in barely 4 months.
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.
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.
I was there-10/10 would recommend
Massive for its time period!
The Battle of Verdun SHOULD be in the top 10. It was ALMOST a German Victory there, and it was crucial for the Germans. The French Army NEVER recovered fully after this battle.
Great Victory of the french army with the recapture of douamont. Number of deaths over 500.000 should be in the top 5.
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This is the battle that turnedthe table of the gratest war.
It ends the existence of Roman Empire in the middle east. It was also the key to conquer Egypt and North Africa.
Yarmouk is the best because 60 persons (Muslims) had fought with 60000 persons in the battlefield & they won.
Had the Muslims lost the battle Islam would have confined to the Arabian peninsula
The battle of Yarmouk made Muslims the superpower of the era and it was result of this battle that Islam got a global outreach and it succeeded in becoming world's second largest religion although christins had advantage of 700 years existence making Islam worlds fastest growing religion.
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
Was that porus vs Alexander?
Napoleon only lost 1,000 men himself but the opposition lost 16,000. Napoleon was heavily outnumbered and the enemy had the geological advantage
War was changed forever as the battle with speed and cunning became relevant.
It was a tactical masterpiece
The greater battle of history