Top Ten Greatest Battles in History
The Top Ten Greatest Battles in History
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! - Votebotingsucks
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.
The greatest battle during WW2 and probably the reason why Germany lost the whole war. - Votebotingsucks
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.
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
It's important for America's independence, even with the help of the France
"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. - ArdaUlay
Revenge for Hastings and helping America - Unnamed Google User Remade
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 - MatrixGuy
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!
The legend leonidas leader of spartan threw the Persian empire back because "This is Sparta"
To the guy that made the comment bout "strategic point" let me say that, that was part of a very clever strategic thinking. I'd like to see you stand in front of 150.000 men in open field when u have your country family friends behind you. Wouldn't u wanna buy time to save them? Despite the fact that it would just be plain stupid to face them in open field...
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
They tested scenarios america had a 20% chance of winning, pure military genius.
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.
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 - Bigglesworth
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 - Schwanie2
Why - Bigglesworth
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.
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.
Hitler's last push failed because he refused to let his marshals do the work and insisted on trying to command.
Don't know much - Bigglesworth
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.
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.
A few thousand Carthaginians wiped out a huge Roman army through sheer strategic genius - ThePursuer78
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.
VOUS... NE POUVEZ PAS... PASSER!
This is the battle that turnedthe table of the gratest war.
Part of the downfall of Operation Market Garden
It ends the existence of Roman Empire in the middle east. It was also the key to conquer Egypt and North Africa.
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.
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 - MatrixGuy
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
Should be in the top 10. Marked the true beginning of the Roman Empire that would dominate Europe for the next 600 years, and influence European history for the next 2200 years.
This battle marked the downfall of Hannibal, one of history's most famous and daring generals
If Hannibal won the war we would know a different world today.
Had the Normans lost this battle England and France's relationship would have been entirely different for centuries after.
One of the great war on the earth the chinese soldiers and government are also shocked from that war how can the indian soldiers do that indian soldier kill Chinese soldiers with the punches and kicks and stones and that's on the height of 16000 feet in the snow
One of the greatest war of India against China in 1962
They fought last men stand.
Insufficient and old weapons,
Insufficient weather proof clothes,
1000 of Chinese soldiers who had semi automatic machine guns...
Rank this war as top 3 war of world, because till last man this fight was fought and every warrior kill about 10 or 12 enemy in fight and wrestling...
The very reason this battle should be on top is because it was only 15 yrs after india's independence and as you can see in the picture that the soldiers didn't had a sweater they are wearing skinny clothes yet they stood in front of heavy chinese artillery at -35 degree C at a height of 16000 feet they till last men alive out of 120,114 died in action the other 6 were imprisoned by chienese out of which 5 miraculously escaped back to india
313 Vs 1000 ... Without proper weapons.. I am sure one of the greatest battles humanity ever seen.
This Wast The Most Bravest Battle In The History Of Mankind,This Battle Wasn't Just Fought On The Battlefield But In The Minds of The 72 Martyrs They Were Thirsty And Haven't Ate A Single Grain Of Food For More Than 3Days But Still They Fought Against A Number Which Is Said to be More Than A Million,If You Want To Learn the Basic Fundamental Principles Of Human Rights One Must Learn And Understand The Story Of Karbala.
This should be the bravest battle fought (1st) ever as it was fought by attacking the enemy directly in the ground rather fighting in a walled fort where only 8 swards and 2 horses were available against 600 armored soldiers with all the weapons and 300 horses.
This should be ranked number 1
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. - gzmnrmnr
" In Mehmed's view, he was the successor to the Roman Emperor, declaring himself Kayser-i Rum, literally "Caesar of Rome", that is, of the Roman Empire, though he was remembered as "the Conqueror"." wikipedia source.
L O L >> he wanted to become Roman but even he even failed to that!
Constantinople was named Istanbul in 1930! Not even 100 years have passed with the new name!
so fail there amigo.
and nothing is great when 50.000 to 80.000 win over just 7000 soldiers defending Constantinople and after a 53 days siege!
Multiple Fails present here.
Not a great battle and certainly not brave at all!
Constantinople > Istanbul
Win of faith in ALLAH
INDIA won that war, pakistan never reached Delhi
Indian and Pakistani forces were engaged in a decisive battle in 1965. The Pakistani army started invading the Indian towns and villages across the border. Indian army soon retaliated and a bloody war ensued. Tanks after tanks, towns after towns, the Indian army decisively beat the Pakistani counterparts and reached till the outskirts of Lahore. There were epic war strategies, heroic stories and war casualties as the economy of both the countries were severely effected. So, this clearly is one of the greatest battles in history.
Pakistan won this war
See, clearly india won this war because the ultimate aim of pakistan was to raise inner rebel in kashmir,and to seige whole kashmir.But I want ask, that pakistan succeded in his aim? No because india till now governing over 51% of kashmir. So how we can say that pakistan won this war. The bitter truth is that all the war in 47,65,71and99 were statred by pakistan and indian won all these wars
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
The battle marked the historic end of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into Europe.
Without the Polish and Holy Roman troops launching a desperate charge, much of Europe would have fallen under Ottoman control.
Its surprising that most battles on this list are Americans or English. But I never heard of them and I don't know the difference that this battles maked. Battle of vienna however was I think one of most important and its sad that it's so low on this list
Possibly the largest cavalry charge in the history of warfare, this should definitely by in the top 10
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.
American Civil War should be in the top 10. With what is happening in the world this year 2015 we're heading into Civil War II because there's so much hate from the lies that was taught about the history that led up to the American Civil War.
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 - llamabaconllama37
I live in america
This deserves to be in the top ten. This is the war with the largest number of chariots used. It also involved great tactics. Ramesses divided his army into 4 and lead 1/4th as the spear front with others in await. After being tricked by spies he and that small portion were trapped by the whole Hittite force. It was a great epic last stand as Ramesses used that great tactics with that small army to reduce the numbers of the large Hittites. Finally! The remaining 3 back ups joined making the Ancient Egyptians outnumber the Hittites since the Hittites had been drained in their battle against the 1/4 army of Ramesses. With all forces combined, the Hittites were sent running home.
These were the power houses that time. Through this, the ancient Egyptians invented the peace treaty. It also involved the world's oldest record of ambush against the Egyptians which they survived
The battle is the earliest battle in recorded history for which tactics and formations are known. It is the largest chariot battle ever fought. As a result of discovery of multiple Kadesh inscriptions and Egyptian Hittie peace treat it is the best documented battle in all of ancient History. It was a very interesting battle too involving deceit and batrayal.
This battle was a major turning point in Ancient Warfare no doubt.
The dreadful losses influenced the British approach to WW2 that led to initial appeasement
This battle decided the fate of a lot of things that would happen in the world. The unification of Germany, the decisive end of monarchy in France and the most important thing we could say that it led to the harsh treatment of Germany in the treaty of Versailles
The battle that changed the face of humanity. The most important battle of the world ever.
This is the most bravest battle in the world it should be on top
72 were against more than 10,000 still the enemy of hussain use cheep tricks to win the battle
Being a Muslim I studied,heard and watched the movie By the Name of "Mukhtar Naama". It Says That the Imam Hussain's army was just 72 in which some were under 18 who are thirsty from 3 days. But they are all fighting for the humanity. The lost there armies when the were doing thier prayers and the enemy attacks them. Yeah they lost the war but won the hearts. Imam Hussain Still lives in hearts of everyone. There are many Noha's for that day.
The battle between HAQ and BATIL... You saw Hazrat Hussain (R.A.) loose the battle I see he won the world..
In Europe is this the one of most important battles which had protected Europa against spreading of communism,
If Poles didn't stop Soviets on the Vistula right bank, they would reach Germany and then consume whole Europe - and the world we know would be lost.
The Battle of Warsaw saved Europe from the expansion of Communism!
Love those poles
One of the greatest strategic victories of Human history
It's also happened in Vietnam
Fast and accurated
During this battle Quang Trung managed to defeat the Qing army while being outnumbered 1 to 4.
James Todd said that it is equal to Thermopalli battle so definitely it should be in top 3
One of the Bravest war in the history.
One small army facing the house army of Mughal. It deserves to be in the top 10
This should be in top 10 minimum. 54 spot is so underrated. Please read war sequence and fact and compare, it deserve to be in top 10.
Greatest ear fought ever
The last war before Vietnam was free from the thousand years of Chinese domination.
Why this is on 68th place.This should be on top 10.This war decided who can rule the "Hindustan."
"Victory or defeat was not a big thing but the bravery shown by Marathas was also praised by Ahmed Shah Abdali,"
Great Indian battle
Kosovo is Serbia!
The Battle of Kosovo between Serbia and the invading army of the Ottoman Empire took place on 28 June 1389.
The Battle of Kosovo is particularly important to Serbian history, tradition, and national identity
Was that porus vs Alexander? - DijaUnicorn
This option are already in this list...
It was nicknamed Rattenkrieg, fat war, and most of the Soviets didn't have guns and were not only fighting the Germans but were fighting each other. The Germans were taking,Soviet costs and weapons since the Germans were not equipped for Soviet winter.
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.
The proud of vietnam
They still call it Bunker Hill even though it was fought on Breeds Hill. Yeah, this was the battle that everyone thought would end the "war", but it definitely did not turn out that way.
Pretty much the summary of the battle is that the British were attacking through the Boston Harbor, and one of the places they formed to attack was Bunker Hill. The continental army marched down and built their defenses on Breeds Hill, since it was actually closer to the water. Howe led his armies down to Breeds Hill, while Prescott and Putman led the continental army in defense, along with Dr. Joseph Warren, who was a major factor in the battle at Concord. Warren fought despite Prescott and Putman discouraging him not to. Anyways, pretty much the British army defeated the continental army, partly because a loss of ammunition on the defenders side. Despite the Britishs win, they lost more people on their own side, with John Pitcairn, the leader at Lexington and Concord losing his life. On the ...more - Leviathan
A battle where two idiotic generals fought for an insignificant hill. It ended with a British victory on a very small scale but the british lost the colony in the end. A small battle, in a small war.
Great battle good stuff
A battle of bloodshed and death. so many people died in this battle. it was one of the greatest wars in the American revoulution.