Top Ten Greatest Battles in History

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The Top Ten

1 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.

- MatrixGuy

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.

Ok first up, I have no idea what separates all the battles of world war 2, so I'm probably just gonna talk about world war 2. Anyway, it's a tragic event in history, killing off so many good people in this world, my Grandfather luckily survived this war (he was an RAF) and my Grandma (she was a nurse).

The fact that the world could just be a peaceful place, but people just want power over the world is heart breaking, although, some don't wish for a war, just power (in a good way, so good people wanting power) but not meaning for a huge war to break out. Although this is different for world war 2 and 1, a bad person, wanted power, and tried to get it in the worst possible way, war.

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2 Battle of Saragarhi (Tirah Campaign War, 1897)

Great fighters with great heart

One of the best war only 21 against 10000

Should the number one battle of all time

Big salute to all 21 sikh soldiers led by Havaladar Ishar Singh

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3 Operation Overlord (Normandy, France 1944, WWII)

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

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.

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.

Americans Shooting, Then getting mowed down. a really really bloody battle

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4 Yorktown (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

I just know this from “Hamilton”

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5 Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars, 1815)

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

A hell lot better than Yorktown. This changed politics in Europe and brought general peace for 100 years, Yorktown was just the last major battle in a war already won.

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6 Thermopylae (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

Yes the history of Greece and the futuristic thought process of the Ancient Greek

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7 Battle 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.

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

The battle that really changed the war, if not for the british, USA would never find a ally to really on Europe and the germans would had more manpower and industrial capacity to invade soviet union wish in terms would led to an axis victory over europe and tham over the world maybe.

It saved the Allies from certain doom!

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8 Battle 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.

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 american revenge for 1941/12/7
If, you don't get it it's the US revenge for Pearl Harbor

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

One of the greatest strategic victories of Human history

Fast and accurated

was there

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

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10 Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)

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

The Contenders

11 Hastings (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

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

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

Hitler's last push failed because he refused to let his marshals do the work and insisted on trying to command.

Very sexy battle, without the battle the war would have been longer.

My grandfather fought in the battle of bulge,DDay invasion, and the battle of Normandy

13 Invasion of Champa (Cham-Viet War 1471)

Great battle

Great battle

14 Battle 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.

Massive for its time period!

This only 11? This is a legendary battle. The Greeks put soldiers in a horse so when Troy took it in their walls the Greeks came out and took the city. A legendary battle to this date

15 Tet Offensive (Vietnam War 1968)

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

16 Battle of Berlin (World War II, 1945)

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

This battle was not that great compared to others. The Russians had fired artillery at Betlin for weeks. The only defenders were the elderly and teenage boys. The Russians were horrible.They raped and murdered women in every country they took including countries who were taken by the Germans and looked to the Russians as their savior a from the nazis.

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

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

It was on BREED'S HILL PEOPLE

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18 Battle of Cannae (Second Punic War, 216 BC)

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.

The greatest army rom ever had, and whith only one purpues, deafet Hanibal

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19 The Battle of Stalingrad (World War II, 1942 - 1943)

This option are already in this list...

20 Battle 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.

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.

It marked the beginning of the end of the Byzantine Empire.

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21 Battle 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.

It show bravery and true heart for the fighters that fought that battle. They all knew they were going too die but they fought anyways like great men

Because they keep coming over

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22 The D-Day Invasions of Normandy (World War II, 1944)

Was one of the most famous battles of all time and was a very heroic one

June 6

23 Gaugamela (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 - MatrixGuy

Come on

Pure genius!

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24 The Battle of Thermopylae (Greco-Persian Wars {Second Persian Invasion of Greece}, 480 BC)

By far THE most important battle in history! If Greeks had not defeated the Paersians the world would have been very different today!

25 Battle for Kursk (World War II, 1943)

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.

26 Battle 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.

The proud of vietnam

27 The Battle of Gaugamela (Wars of Alexander the Great, 331 BC)

Was that porus vs Alexander? - DijaUnicorn

28 Iwo Jima (WWII, 1945)

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

29 Somme (World War I, 1916)

The stage of modern war...

Over 1 million lives were lost in barely 4 months.

This was 1 of the greatest battles ever

Yes! This should be first. Known as the bloodiest battle in history. And that’s coming from a going-to-be Y6/Peer mentor! - DijaUnicorn

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30 Leipzig (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.

- MatrixGuy

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

31 Empire's conquest of Babylon by Cyrus the Great (539 BCE)

It's the glorious and greatest battle of history. This is the greatest war in history. Cyrus the Great in the battle against other commanders could use his military genius and knowledge in the shortest time with the least casualties war ended. It was this battle that his reputation in the history of all the leaders and distinguished him as a moral ruling and the genius successful in history. Although thousands of years, but his position is still intact and stable

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.

Ok den

32 Battle of Arnhem (WWII, 1944)

Part of the downfall of Operation Market Garden

33 Battle of Moscow (World War II, 1941)

This is the battle that turnedthe table of the gratest war.

34 Battle of Vienna (Great Turkish War, 1683)

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

Battle which saved Europe from Turks is so far away in this ranking? Can't believe that so many people are ignorants...

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35 The First Battle of Pharsalus (Caesar's Civil War, 48 BC)
36 Battle of Austerlitz (War of the Third Coalition, 1805)

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.

The greater battle of history

It was a tactical masterpiece

37 Battle of Badr (Muslim-Quraish Wars, 624)

This should be ranked number 1

If this battle had been lost and the pagans had successfully invaded and occupied Medina, then Islam might not actually exist can't say for sure but its by far the most decisive battle in islamic history.

If the Muslims had lost this battle, the world would have never known Islam existed.

313 poorly armed men fought with well equiped and well trained army of more than 1000. 13-15 men died from muslims from madinah side and 70 men died from attackers side from makkah.

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38 Battle of Warsaw (Polish-Soviet War, 1920)

The Battle of Warsaw saved Europe from the expansion of Communism!

Great. Nr 48. Saving the Europe and only nr. 48 so much of heroism

Thanks to Polish we don't have comunism in Europe now. If bolshevic defeted Poland they could easly take over Germany, France and rest of the Europe inkluding Great Britain and british royals coul end in the same way like russian emperor.

Excellent. It's 41. F.e. less than some of american s.it...

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39 Battle of Crécy (Hundred Years War, 1346)
40 Fall 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. - gzmnrmnr

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.

Constantinople > Istanbul

A sultan who studied, dreamt, years about this siege, the siege of Constantinople, the young sultan Mehmed II a.k.a Mehmed the Conqueror,who was 21 years old, couldn't sleep because he was always thinking about his first battle, the glorious walls of Constantinople, doomed to fall to the Turks, the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said 'the army which will conquer Constantinople will o so be glorious, and their leader will o so be wonderful'. A new beginning for the Turks, an end of the christian and roman era, walls which didn't fall for centuries, fell to a young, ambitious Ottoman sultan.

41 Marathon (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.

This battle truely determined civilization as we know it!

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.

42 Battle of Trafalgar (Napoleonic War 1805)

Established naval dominance for England

43 Pakistan/India War 1965

INDIA won that war, pakistan never reached Delhi

Pakistan won this war

It is nor truth. Pakistan won this war in deed.

Stop fighting india and pakistan

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44 Antietam (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.

- MatrixGuy

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

JUST SAYING? I THINK THAT CAPTAIN AMERICA VS IRON MAN CIVIL WAR SHOULD BE FIRST - DijaUnicorn

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45 Battle of Rezang La (Sino-Indian War, 1962)

This should be the greatest war ever. 130 Indians with modest weapons braved death to kill 10 times of Chinese force

Great valor shown by the men of steel...

Best war ever fought

Salute to the soldiers

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46 Battle of Verdun (World War I, 1916)

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.

47 Kadesh (Egyptian-Hittite Wars, 1274 BC)

This battle was a major turning point in Ancient Warfare no doubt.

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

The dreadful losses influenced the British approach to WW2 that led to initial appeasement

49 Battle of Valmy (War of the First Coalition, 1792)
50 Battle of Sedan (Franco-German War, 1870)

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

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