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Old November 16th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #1

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Three most crucial battles in your nation's past?


I'm English/British, so there are a lot more than just three such battles fought here (and abroad!), but I have to draw the line somewhere.

Personally I would choose these, purely for the fact that so much fate rested upon the outcome of the clashes between invaders & defenders;-

Mancetter 60ad (Boudicca v's Paulinus) - Unknown where it was actually fought, this bloodbath was a crucial win for the Romans- their expulsion from Britain could have resulted, maybe for decades, or forever??

The Battle of Hastings 1066 (King Harold II v's Duke William) - Had Harold survived another hour into dusk, the Normans would have been forced to withdraw to their coastal wooden base, cut off on land and at sea, facing almost certain defeat.
Although a catastrophe for the Anglo-Saxons, our Anglo-Norman country forged a world-beating Empire centuries later

The Battle of Britain 1940 (RAF Fighter Command v's The Luftwaffe) - Had those incredible young men and their brilliant aircraft not fought so feverishly and doggedly, the nazis would have been able to invade Britain. God forbid.

Which three battles were the most vital in your view, and highlight your nation's spirit best?
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Yorktown, Gettysburg, Normandy

The first two were critical to our nation, and Normandy, along with all the Allies that took place, pivotal to WWII.
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1. Battle of San Jacinto 1836
2. Battle of Yorktown 1781
3. Battle of Sharspburg 1862

Not in order of importance
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Yorktown, Gettysburg, Normandy

The first two were critical to our nation, and Normandy, along with all the Allies that took place, pivotal to WWII.
I would have to substitute Antietam for Gettysburg, O. Though the carnage was less, the implications and results were much farther reaching. Gettysburg didn't alter anything. The AoP and AoNV kept slugging away at each other. Without Antietam, there is no emancipation proclamation.
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Dunnichen 685CE (Picts v Northumbrians) Puts an end to invasions from the south for a generation or two. Nennius says “Egfrid is he who made war against his cousin Brudei, king of the Picts, and he fell therein with all the strength of his army and the Picts with their king gained the victory; and the Saxons never again reduced the Picts so as to exact tribute from them. Since the time of this war it is called Gueith Lin Garan."

Bannockburn 1314CE (Scots v English) Forces the English king (much later) to accept once and for all that Scotland is not part of England.

Culloden 1746CE (Jacobites v Hanoverians) Hastens the demise of the clan system and eventually provides the military muscle for the creation of the British Empire.
Then there's the battle which never was –

Mons Graupius Circa 84CE (Caledonians v Romans) Tacitus is the only source for this and his descriptions of the Caledonians forming ranks to oppose the Romans is simply incredible...
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and the Saxons never again reduced the Picts so as to exact tribute from them
Other than Kings Edward the Elder, Athelstan or Edgar?
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Belgian... hmmm.

1302 Courtrai, from a sholary point of view.

1709 Malplaquet.

1815. Waterloo.

Actually non of these concern Belgium but the Southern Netherlands. Belgium is boring.

Then it would probably be...

1831 the 10-day campaign

1914-18 the trench-war

1940 Fall Gelb. Pwn'd
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Other than Kings Edward the Elder, Athelstan or Edgar?
Don't ask me, ask Nennius.........
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I would have to substitute Antietam for Gettysburg, O. Though the carnage was less, the implications and results were much farther reaching. Gettysburg didn't alter anything. The AoP and AoNV kept slugging away at each other. Without Antietam, there is no emancipation proclamation.

I thought of that after I posted, so I concur.
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I thought of that after I posted, so I concur.
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