Top Ten Greatest Battles in History


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.

I meant German, sorry.

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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

One of the courageous battle ever fought in history

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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.

One of the bloodiest and most interesting battles of world war II and the push through france towards germany by the allies - cpastena

Most overrated battle EVER. I see many stupid comments here like bloodiest fight in ww2. Dude this was joke compared to any battle on Eastern front. Soviets took down Germany not Allies. Germans had 50 000 soldiers and 4000-9000 casaulities while Allies had 150 000 soldiers and 10 000+ casaulities. This entire operation didn't affect war much because they were fighting about 10 German division while Soviets were arleady bring lots of casaulietes on Germans and faced over 80 divisions (Also Soviets had tone of casaulities). This battle didn't had many soldiers or casaulities and didn't had much impact on downfall of Germany. - Wass

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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

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5 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


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6 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

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

Made ABBA win euro vision by this title such a great song!

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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7 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.

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 - SirSkeletorThe3rd

It turned the point in the Pacifc Theatre

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8 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

How is this battle not first? If the British had of lost this battle than we will all be speaking German. - ArdaUlay

Battle, sky - sky battle. Wizard prang old bean.

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

One of the greatest strategic victories of Human history

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

Great Emperor Quang Trung was outnumbered from 50,000 to 200,000 four times his entire army and he was outsupplied and his troops were tired but Quang Trung won anyway.

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10 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

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

William of Orange was welcomed to England along with queen Mary to rule justly

Hastings was not, as many people believe, the last time England was invaded nor was it the last time England saw war on its home ground. The English Civil war and William of Orange's 'invasion' are two good examples.

The Contenders

11 Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)

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

12 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.

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

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13 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.

14 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.

The greatest decisive battle of all time. A small force totally destroyed the much larger army with 50% of the enemy force destroyed.

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15 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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16 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

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18 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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19 Battle of Bunker Hill (American Revolutionary War, 1775)

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.

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20 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

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1. Thermopylae (Persia / Greece War 480 BC)
2. Gaugamela (331 BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia)
3. Battle of Troy (Trojan War around 1200 BC)
1. Stalingrad (World War II, 1942-43)
2. Hastings (Norman Conquest of England, 1066)
3. Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars, 1815)
1. Battle of Ngoc Hoi Dong Da (1788-1789)
2. Battle of Bach Dang Giang River (938)
3. Yorktown (American Revolution, 1781)

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