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Top Ten Battles of All Time Finally Listed

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Wars have been won all over the world through battles and later on changed the way of the world to what it is now. Wars have destroyed but also rebuilt in some ways.

Despite the world evolving, wars are still rife and eminent to this day. Here are some of the top ten battles that took place.

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Stalingrad, 1942-1943

This is the battle that effectively ended Hitler’s go after world dominance and began Germany down the long road towards ultimate defeat in WW II. The battle was fought between July 1942 and February 1943.

1.5 million men had been killed, captured, or wounded, with 91,000 Germans being taken prisoner and a whole German Army being wiped from the face of the world.

German losses were bad that the German army never fully recovered and was forced to largely take the defensive for the rest of the war.

Midway Island, 1942

Admiral Yamamoto’s plan was to seize Midway Island—a tiny atoll some four hundred miles west of Hawaii—which he planned to use as a springboard from which to attack the strategic islands later.

Much to his surprise, he was met by a task force of yank carriers under the command of Admiral Nimitz.

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During a battle that would have easily gone either way, Admiral Yamamoto lost all four of his aircraft carriers, alongside all their aircraft and a few of his finest pilots, to Admiral Nimitz’s smaller American fleet.

The defeat effectively spelled the top to Japanese expansion across the Pacific and dealt with Japan a defeat she would never get over. 

This is often also one among the few battles in WW II during which it had been the Americans who were outnumbered and outmatched and yet they still won.

Battle of Waterloo

On June 18, 1815, British and Prussian forces led by the Duke of Wellington squashed Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops at Waterloo, in what’s now Belgium.

The battle was the ultimate defeat of Napoleon, who had expanded across Europe starting in 1799, abdicated power after a disastrous Russian campaign in 1814, and briefly returned to power at Waterloo.

Afterward, he abdicated once more. Napoleon died in exile on the island of Saint Helena off the West African coast in 1821.

Battle at Yorktown

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There were 8,000 American troops, supported by 8,000 French troops, against some 9,000 British troops but by the time the battle ended on October 19, 1781, it changed the planet forever.

The British Empire should have easily defeated the Americans under Washington, and for many of the war, they typically had the whip hand. By 1781, however, the upstart Americans had learned the way to fight and, having acquired the help of England’s arch-enemy, France, had become a little but professional fighting force.

As a result, the British under Cornwallis found themselves trapped on a peninsula between the Americans on the one side and a French fleet on the opposite that made escape impossible then, after a few weeks of fighting, they surrendered.

Battle of Leipzig

The Battle of Leipzig was Napoleon’s first loss in combat. It began on the 16th of October 1813 and ended on the 19th of October.

It had been so devastating that it also became referred to as the Battle of the Nations. In its aftermath, over 90,000 men died.

After Napoleon’s retreat from Russia, Russia joined forces with Sweden, Saxony, Austria, Prussia, and Württemberg to make the Coalition finish Napoleon’s quest.

Württemberg and Saxony originally sided with Napoleon, but they switched sides, leaving only Italy, Warsaw, and Naples to side with France. Napoleon lost and retreated to Paris.

Battle of Gettysburg

In May 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his army north to attack Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in Union territory. He was met by Union Major General George Meade at Gettysburg.

The first two days appeared to favor the Confederates, but by July 3, they were retreating back to Virginia. It’s believed that over 50,000 died within the fighting.

Battle of Tours, A.D. 732

General Abd-er Rahman who led a Muslim armed force, crossed the Western Pyrenees and arrived at Tours in France, wanting to venture into Europe.

However, Charles “The Hammer” Martel drove a generally unarmored Frankish armed force that held its ground against the mounted and sent horsemen of the intruders.

In the long run, French powers caught and slaughtered the Moor’s chief and constrained the attacking armed force into retreat.

Battle of Britain

WW II started in 1939 when Germany attacked Poland.

Before the finish of June 1940, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg were under German dominance, while France was isolated in an involved and an abandoned zone.

Germany propelled an aerial ambush to wreck British military and industrial facilities, hence the Battle of Britain on 10 July 1940.

The aerial war came to a stop on October 31, which saw the loss of thousands of civilians and the destruction of a significant number of its cities. Britain did not give up.

They drained German resources, diminishing its number of pilots, and in the long run switching things around against Germany.

Battle of Hastings

King Harold II was killed by William who was a Norman invader on Oct. 14, 1066, on Senlac Hill near Hastings, England. William the Conqueror held that the previous King, Edward the Confessor, had promised him English throne in 1051.

But on his deathbed, Edward changed his mind and tapped nobleman Harold Godwinson instead.

William marshaled forces to dispute Harold’s claim, defeated the newly minted king, and then went on to London, which surrendered to the Norman invader.

King William, I was crowned on Christmas in 1066. The battle marked the top of the Anglo-Saxon rule of England.

Battle of Antietam

The Battle of Antietam on 17 November 1862, one of the bloodiest days in American history, halted the main Confederate attack of the North. It additionally guaranteed that European nations would not perceive the Confederacy or furnish them with much-required war supplies.

While the later battles at Gettysburg and Vicksburg would seal the destiny of the radical states, the annihilation of the rebels started along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland.

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