10 Most Epic Battles Of All Time
Human beings have fought and seen many battles throughout history. War can start for many reasons like power struggles. And many of them change the destinies of entire nations for better or worse while others get forgotten. From numerous fallen heroes, memorable victories, and bloody defeats, here are the greatest battles of all time.
Most Epic Battles Of All Time
10. Battle of Gettysburg:
Battle of Gettysburg that took place in July 1863, is considered to be the turning point in the American Civil War. It was the costliest and the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War with about 51,118 casualties. When Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his army north to attack Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in Union territory, he met Union Major General George Meade at Gettysburg. At the first the battle favored Confederates but by the end of the battle, they were retreating back to Virginia.
9. Battle of Saragarhi:
On 12 September 1897. the Battle of Saragarhi took place. While The British had partially succeeded in getting control of this volatile area, tribal Pashtuns continued to attack personnel from time to time. A series of forts built by the ruler of the Sikh Empire, Ranjit Singh was consolidated In the battle. 21 Sikh soldiers led by Havildar Ishar Singh on behalf of the British Indian Army fought against 10000 Afghan Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen. The Sikh men fought bravely till their last breath making sure that the British army reaches the fort.
8. Battle of Gaugamela:
7. Battle of Stalingrad:
Battle of Stalingrad took place from 1942 to 2 February 1943. It was the battle that is considered as the largest confrontation of World War II. During this battle, Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia. Adolf Hitler bombarded the industrial city with air assaults and then poured infantry into the attack. Germans no longer advanced on the Eastern front of the war as they slowly bled troops and by February 1943, they were out of food and ammunition and surrendered resulting in the death of nearly 2 million people.
6. Battle of Vienna:
After the Ottoman Empire failed to take Vienna in 1529, they tried another time in 1683. Led by the Grand Vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha with his Hungarian and Transylvanian allies, the siege began on July 14. The Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, who made an alliance with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Venice, and the Papal States was standing against Ottoman. On 12 September, at Kahlenberg Mountain near Vienna, the ep[ic battle took place and it ended Ottoman incursions into Western Europe.
5. Battle of Waterloo (1815):
The Battle of Waterloo is one of the significant battles as it was the last and decisive engagement of Napoleon’s campaign to establish a European Empire under his military rule. The cattle took place on Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in Belgium, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time. On that day Napoleon invaded Belgium, hoping to capture Brussels, but he was defeated English army, led by the Duke of Wellington, and the Prussian army, led by General Blucher. With thousands of casualties on both sides, Nepolean exiled to the island of St. Helena.
4. Battle of Yorktown:
The Battle of Yorktown took place from 28 Sep 1781 to 19 Oct 1781. Even after America declared its independence in 1776, Britain was still ensconced in various regions including Virginia. The French navy nullified the threat from the sea. The French also nullified New York in 1780 and General George Washington lead the American Continental Army to Yorktown to deal with British Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis and they were able to destroy the city’s outer defense positions. They forced Cornwallis to finally surrender and Britain to appeal for peace, inspiring the French Revolution.
3. Battle of Thermopylae:
In 480 BC, the Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes. The unparalleled Greek force of 7,000 men blocked the outnumbered Persian army at the pass and held them off for seven days in three vicious battles. But after Greek citizen Ephiatles revealed a secret pass through which the Persian army could enter, Leonidas, with his 300 Spartans and several other Thespians and Thebans, died a glorious death at the pass.
2. Battle of Hastings:
Fought between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under King Harold Godwinson on 4 October 1066. The Battle of Hastings marked the end of the Anglo-Saxon rule of England. King Harold II was killed by the Norman invader William the Conqueror defeated on Senlac Hill near Hastings. Edward the Confessor had promised William the Conqueror the English throne. But on his deathbed, he changed his mind and gave it to nobleman Harold Godwinson. William defeated Harold and was crowned on Christmas Day in 1066.
1. Battle of Antietam:
Battle of Antietam was fought on September 17, 1862, between Union Army Major General Joseph Hooker and Confederate General Robert E. also called as the Battle of Sharpsburg, it is regarded as the first major skirmish of the American Civil War, and also the bloodiest one-day conflict in American history. As Joseph Hooker’s men attacked Lee’s left flank beside the Antietam River near Sharpsburg in Maryland, the Confederate forces separated. Confederate General AP Hill drove them back and eventually retreated to consolidate their forces after losing 1,546 men. Even after losing 2,108 men, the Union declared themselves the victor, encouraging President Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.