Top Ten Greatest Battles in History


The Top Ten

1 Battle of Saragarhi (Tirah Campaign War, 1897)

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

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2 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

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.

Its second just in this list is over a billion indians

After this Russia kick ass all the way to Berlin

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3 Operation Overlord (Normandy, France 1944, WWII)

The overall push towards Berlin - Bigglesworth

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.

This battle is epic. Allies fight from Omaha to Gold. Too epic

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.

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4 Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars, 1815)

Revenge for Hastings and helping America - Unnamed Google User Remade

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!

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

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

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5 Yorktown (American Revolution, 1781)

For freedom

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.

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6 Battle of Britain (World War II, 1940)

"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

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7 Battle of Midway (World War II, 1942)

Don't know much - Bigglesworth

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.

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8 Thermopylae (Persia / Greece War 480 BC)

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

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...

We have European culture and not barbaric.

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9 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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10 Battle of Berlin (World War II, 1945)

What a utter devastation - Bigglesworth

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

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The Contenders

11 Tet Offensive (Vietnam War 1968)

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.

12 Iwo Jima (WWII, 1945)

Why - 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

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

Don't know much - Bigglesworth

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.

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

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14 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.

15 Somme (World War I, 1916)

The stage of modern war...

This was 1 of the greatest battles ever

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.

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16 Battle of Troy (Trojan War around 1200 BC)

I was there-10/10 would recommend

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!

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17 Battle of Verdun (World War I, 1916)

Great Victory of the french army with the recapture of douamont. Number of deaths over 500.000 should be in the top 5.

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.

18 Battle of Moscow (World War II, 1941)

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

19 Battle of Arnhem (WWII, 1944)

Part of the downfall of Operation Market Garden

20 Battle of Yarmouk (Rashidun Caliph / Eastern Roman Empire, 636)

It ends the existence of Roman Empire in the middle east. It was also the key to conquer Egypt and North Africa.

Greatest Battle ever

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

Had the Muslims lost the battle Islam would have confined to the Arabian peninsula

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21 Gaugamela (331 BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia)

Alexander’s masterpiece

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

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

Come on

Just look up the double envelopment.

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

A few thousand Carthaginians wiped out a huge Roman army through sheer strategic genius - ThePursuer78

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23 Battle of Austerlitz (War of the Third Coalition, 1805)

This should be first

It must be an ignorant to don't put Austerlitz 1rst☺

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.

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24 Battle of Crécy (Hundred Years War, 1346)
25 Battle 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.

26 Fall of Constantinople (Ottoman / Byzantine Empire, 1453)

Win of faith in ALLAH

" 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!

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

Constantinople > Istanbul

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

Milestone in Islam

Great lesson for all. Never lose hope in Lord.

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.

Greatest battle ever fought

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28 Pakistan/India War 1965

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.

India won this war and always will won.

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

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

This battle should be under top 10 of battles.


Veer Ahir Ajit Hai Abhit Hai

This is the greatest war in history if you consider the Indian Army's modest weapons and soldiers. They killed 10 times Chinese than that of their own strength

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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 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

I live in america

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32 Kadesh (Egyptian-Hittite Wars, 1274 BC)

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.

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

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

34 Battle of Valmy (War of the First Coalition, 1792)
35 Battle of Vienna (Great Turkish War, 1683)

The end of Ottoman Golden Era. - Pillars_of_Wisdom

Lol the Ottomans got rekt!

This battle should be much higher. The Turks would’ve overrun Europe especially since France decided to stay friends with the Turks. Sobieski is a hero of Western Civilization.

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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36 Battle of Tannenberg (World War I, 1914)
37 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

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

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!

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

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39 Battle of Karbala (680)

This should be in first position as it was the bravest war ever.

This is the best battle with immense bravery and sacrifice..

It should be in second place

This should be on top.. Only 72 were against Thousands.

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

It's also happened in Vietnam

One of the greatest strategic victories of Human history

was there

Fast and accurated

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41 Battle Of Haldighati (Maharana Pratap, 1576)

Too 10 necessary

Greatest ear fought ever

Should be in top 10

Should be in top 10 a war with inspiration

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42 Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)

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

43 Battle of Panipat (1761)

Great Indian battle

Why this is on 68th place.This should be on top 10.This war decided who can rule the "Hindustan."

The greatest battle in medieval India. Marathas by 1761 had reached as far as Attock in present day Pakistan. This was the first time any Indian power crossed over Sindhu river and had strangle hold over Delhi thereby fulfilling Shivaji Maharaj dream of liberating India from the clutches of invaders. Thus Marathas were at the zenith of its power when they came into conflict with Afghans who were vying for power in India. When Abdali invaded India no power had the guts to face them but for the Marathas.

This battle in many terms decided the course of both Medieval and modern India. While it halted the expansion of the Maratha empire on one hand it paved way for the British takeover of India.

Had Marathas it would have meant the complete rejuvenation of India and rise of national feeling across the country.

Even in their defeat Marathas showed such valour that no outside power ever dared to cross in India through North East. Thus Marathas lost the battle but won the ...more

"Victory or defeat was not a big thing but the bravery shown by Marathas was also praised by Ahmed Shah Abdali,"

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

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

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

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.

This option are already in this list...

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

Was that porus vs Alexander? - DijaUnicorn

47 Zama (Roman/Carthaginian Wars 202 B.C.)

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.

48 Cajamarca (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.

- MatrixGuy

49 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

50 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

A battle of bloodshed and death. so many people died in this battle. it was one of the greatest wars in the American revoulution.

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