King John Sobieski with mighty Winged Hussars stops expansion of the Ottoman Empire.
In the year 955 the German emperor Otto I stopped the asian invasion which threated to conqeur western Europe in a decicive battle. If he would not have been victorious Europe would have been open, since there was no other big power to withstand the asian flood. The blood of thousands of Germans was shed for the benefit of Europe.
In the defeat of three Roman legions in the year 9 the Romans stopped to try to conquer Germany. Therefore the germanic tribes, later forming the French , Dutch, English, German nations where not romanized or latinized. The world we live today in is not a latinized world, its standards stem mostly from western and central Europe plus the USA - all mostly germanic originating peoples.
Possibly the greatest battle fought by the Macedonian army under Alexander the Great. Significantly outnumbered, Alexander shows not only his superior skill as a fighter but also shows his wit as possibly the greatest military strategist that has ever lived. His strategy defeats the Persian army under Darius III (which was numbered in over half and million people) and defeats the Persian Empire once and for all. After this battle Alexander would march all the way to the Indus River valley in India creating the greatest empire strung together in the shortest amount of time in history (Alexander was ruling from 336 and dies in 323)
The Battle of Warsaw (Sometimes referred to as the Miracle at the Vistula) was the decisive battle of the Polish–Soviet War. Estimated Soviet losses were 10,000 killed, 500 missing, 30,000 wounded, and 66,000 taken prisoner, compared with Polish losses of some 4,500 killed, 10,000 missing, and 22,000 wounded. Ranked 18th the list of landmark battles in world history, has decided to retain the independence of Poland and contain communist expansion into Western Europe
More a sige then a battle, but it lasted for 36 days Croats and Hungeryans with some germans less then 2500 against Turks estimation is 100 000 and glorius defeat
From the steppes of Central Asia, Turks came to the doors of Asia Minor(Anatolia). There was Byzantium, the old East Roman Empire that holds the power on Anatolia. The Seljuk Commander Alp Arslan with his 20.000 Horse Archers (army involved of Oguz Turkmens, Cumans and Pechenegs), moved into the field of Manzikert and defeated the populated East Roman Empire (~70.000) with -hit and run- tactics. The result of the war was decisive Turkish victiory. As a result, the doors of anatolia and also Europe are widely opened to Turks. Later then, lots of nomadic Turkmens have landed to Anatolia, as they came from the central asian steppes.
The largest tank battle in history, and the last major German offensive in the east. The failure off this offensive, called Operation Citadel, ensured the defeat of Hitler.
The great Roman General Gaius Julius Caesar was at the height of his "De Bello Gallico" or war with the Gallic tribes when he surrounds the Gallic forces led by Vercingetorix at the large Gallic city of Alesia in modern day France. Vercingetorix commanded an army of nearly 50,000 Gauls, while Julius Caesar commanded around 50,000 legionares and 10,000 cavalry and siege units. While laying siege, Caesar and his units were surrounded by collective Gallic tribesmen numbering around 250,000. To continue the siege and defend his rear, Caesar had his men build defensive lines of contravellation to hold in the forces of Vercingetorix and another to keep out the attacking Gallic reinforcements. Caesar's lines fended of wave after wave of Gallic attacks as well as attacks from the city. The battle lasted for a month and a half before Vercingetorix surrendered to his Roman conquers, thus ending the nine year war with Gaul.
the largest and bloodiest action of the French invasion of Russia and all Napoleonic Wars, involving more than 250,000 troops and resulting in at least 70,000 casualties.
The Battle of Lützen (1632) was one of the most decisive battles of the Thirty Years' War. It was a Protestant victory, but cost the life of one of the most important leaders of the Protestant alliance, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, which caused the Protestant campaign to lose direction.
March 11, 1555. Only 600 brave Swedish men heavily outnumbered by more than 10.000 Russians defeated them.
Poland+Lithuania VS Teutonic Order Estimated forces: 18,000 Polish cavalry and 11,000 Lithuanians and Ruthenians (led by king Jogaila a.k.a. Władysław II Jagiełło) , against 16,000 soldiers of Teutonic Order (led by Grandmaster Ulrich von Jungingen) German defeat led to fall of Teutonic Order.
Place of action near Riga AD 1605. 11000 Swedish soldiers with their legendary artillery vs 2600 Polish cavalry... score total destruction of Swedish forces and only 100 Polish soldiers lost.
The great landing when thousands of courageous Allied troops landed by parachute and by boat on the beaches of Normandy in order to establish a beachhead on the European continent. This battle saw some of the greatest bravery ever in the history of warfare, and it is one of the only battles whose date has been given its own name: "D-Day."
800 knights of Malta, 600 spanish merchenaries and local maltese citizien and militia held the mighty Ottoman army of nearly 35,000 s
December 25, 1656 Great cavallery battle. Only 1.000 Swedish cavalrymen defeated a Polish cavalry army of 10.000 men.
Khaled ibn-waleed won a decisive battle around syria and jordan. his army consisted of 20,000 men while his enemy had 100,000.
the Russian Empire's greatest WW I victory, and among the most lethal battles in world history.
The largest naval battle of World War II and possibly the largest naval battle of all time. This battle secured the United States' retaking of the Philippines in World War II, and it marked the first instance of the famous Japanese kamikaze attacks.
The greatest battle of the Hundred Years' War, when a small British army under the command of Henry V defeated a significantly larger French force. This battle is most notable for the British utilization of the longbow, a weapon that soon became known as their trademark and revolutionized European warfare.
this battle results in the end of the Russo-Japanese War first military victory of an eastern nation(Japan) against a western nation(Russia) in modern military history which result in the recognition of Japan as a world power and ignites a revolution in Russia this also results in the underestimation of Russian armed forces by the Germans
Under 720 Polish soldiers defended Wizna against 40000 Germans with tanks for 3 days. Sometimes called Polish Thermopylae.
Battle British vs French. Heavily influenced Henry V's victory of Agincourt, this was one of the first major victories of the use of the long bow. English causalities are said to number in the hundreds while French are said to number in the thousands.
Final major offensive of the 2nd World War, lasting over two weeks. Allied force's attacked from all directions siezing the city. Resulted in the final downfall of the 3rd Riech (Nazi Germany) and ultimately cost Adolf Hitler, and at least 50,000 deaths combined. The battle also resulted in Berlin being divided into East and West Berlin.
Possibly the largest land battle ever fought, fought between the Allies and the German forces in Belgium. The German line at the beginning of the battle was shaped like a bulge, hence the name of the battle. It was originally conceived as a last-ditch German offensive to push the Allies back, but they were unsuccessful.
The defense of the desert town of Tobruk by a mixture of countries, including British (mostly artillery), Polish and mostly Australians led to the first major defeat to the Germans. Erwin Rommel, father of the Blitzkreig was stopped dead in his tracks despite serious advantages in men, tanks and aircraft. A wide yet thin line of defenders held against incredible odds. Truly admirable men of courage
Canadians defeat the Germans and take a ridge that the mighty British Empire couldn't take.
The final battle between the Western and Eastern armies in the Warring States Period, this battle determined the fate of Japan for over two hundred and fifty years. Tokugawa Ieyasu's forces, thanks to some well-timed defections, managed to overwhelm the Western Army under Ishida Mitsunari and Mori Terumoto, leading to the creation of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
This battle, in the Franco-Prussian War, saw two Prussian corps defeat the French Army of the Rhine, despite the latter's extreme numeric superiority. Outnumbered four to one, the Prussians routed the French, two other corps attacked the vanguard of the Army of the Meuse (believing it to be the rearguard), and held the French down for a day.
This is the battle that made Dacia a roman province. Everyone should know that the gold of this province has saved the Roman Empire.
UN Army in Korea totaling more than 270k was beaten by only 230k Chinese soldiers.
The battle at Ain Jalut, in the Jezreel Valley of Palestine, marked the first large scale defeat of the Mongol Empire, stopping their advance through the Middle East, which would have led to the likely conquest of N. Africa and Europe. The Mamluk dynasty in Egypt, under Sultan Qutuz, rejected Hulagu Khan's (grandson of Ghengis Khan) demands of submission. After executing the Mongol emissaries sent to Cairo, Qutuz marched the Mamluk army east into the Levant where his army clashed with the Mongolian army is Palestine. The defeat marked the first ever defeat of a Mongolian army in which the Mongols did not return to for re-conquest. It shattered the myth of Mongol invincibility.
If not for this battle the United States may never have grown into a world power. It stopped Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North and allowed Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclaimation thus forestalling England's pending recognition of the South and the imposition of an England and France led peace upon the conflict. The likely result of that imposed peace would have been the creation of two separate nations hostile and resentful towards each other.
The Sassanid army was one of the most powerful and best equipped armies of the time, Khalid's strategy was to use his own speed to exploit the lack in mobility of the Sassanid army. He planned to force the Persians to carry out marches and counter-marches until they were worn out, and then strike when the Persians were exhausted Hormuz challenged Khalid ibn Walid to a duel. Khalid accepted the challenge and Hormuz was killed by Khalid. Hormuz had placed his best knights near the front ranks to kill Khalid in case Khalid overpowered him and khaled kill them and defeat persian
This short battle led to Texas Independence and ultimately to the annexation by the U.S. of the entire American West.
World War I battle "probably the bloodiest single battle in U.S. history" had the largest number of U.S. dead in a single battle hailed the debut of the Browning Automatic Rifle in combat
Muhammad Shahab uddin Ghori. Muslim ruler of Afghanistan defeats Hindu King Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the Ruler of most of present day India, Bangladesh, Burma etc, in the largest ground battle of Asia, in 1192 AD. Ghori was defeated by Chauhan in 1st battle a year earlier. Both battles were fought at TARRAIN, near New Delhi. In the 2nd battle Chauhan assembled over one million troops, 10,000 Elephants, 50,000 horsemen. Ghori had 120,000 troops & horsesemen, mostly Turk Muslims, he had no elephants. Hindu army was defeated, Chuhan killed and Muslims for 1st time established rule over this part of Asia. This rule lasted till 1857 when British defeated Muslim rulers and occupied the entire region. In 1947 British left and India & Pakistan emerged as 2 independent States. See the links: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prithviraj_Chauhan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_of_Ghor www.sikhphilosophy.net › ... › Articles › General
Maybe the best cavalry commander of all time Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest managed with brilliance defeat a much larger force. Taking 1200 prisoners and great amounts of equipment.
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