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Old October 18th, 2011, 08:49 AM   #11

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1. I said judging by the battle itself, not some cheesy reputation of "saving civilization".
2. The invasion of Greece was about as devastating to the Persian empire as the Roman invasion of Germania during the reign of Augustus.
Ha! Your Turkish battle is a mere piffle, a wiffenpoof of a battle, a schoolgirl skirmish, a sham, a farce, a laugh-less comedy, and a sad caricature of a toy soldier fantasy held deep in the bowels of a Mother's basement!
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The 30 Years War.

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Old October 18th, 2011, 09:26 AM   #13

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Ha! Your Turkish battle is a mere piffle, a wiffenpoof of a battle, a schoolgirl skirmish, a sham, a farce, a laugh-less comedy, and a sad caricature of a toy soldier fantasy held deep in the bowels of a Mother's basement!
So there!
First of all, your insult is utterly pathetic, since I don't live in my mother's basement.

Secondly, the battle has nothing to do with Turks. So there's that - you can go copulate with yourself.
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You razor sharp wit is wasted here. You should publish!
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Another "hidden" insult... How smart of you.
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Rorke's drift and The Winter War are both statistically good choices.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:12 AM   #17

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The petty sniping is both unnecessary and unproductive. Please limit your discussions to the material at hand.
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I will not name one of Napoleon's victory because although some of them were extrodinary I think they can't top with Hannibals victory at Cannea. Hannibal faced a superior Roman Army with twice his numbers. The Roman legions lost by their own pride. Hannibal used this pride to suck the Roman legions in and crush them in a pincer move. Brilliant to my taste and Rome was lucky to survive afterwards.

Eventhough I always jeer for Rome in documantaries and movies about the Roman Empire, still this was one of the most extrodinary victories.

Alexanders victory against Darius III would rank second, but because unlike Hannibal his forces were already superior to that of the Persians, perhaps not in numbers but certainly in training and equipment he had an advantage over Hannibal.

Caesar at Alesia at four and Napoleon at Austerlitz would deserve a nice fourth or fifth place.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 09:50 PM   #19

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1) Cannae

2) The German invation of france in WWII (I guess is a campaign not a single battle)

3) Auzterlitz

4) Caaguazu in the argentinain civil wars

5) battle of Mohi (In the mongol invation of Europe)
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Which battle do you find the greatest ever?




This is my choice - easily my favorite.
The OP is inherently problematic because there is no absolute objective definition of what a "battle" is.

On pure numbers, and as usually defined by the Russian historians (i.e. for 67 days from October 1941 to January 1942, all along some 700-1100 km) the battle of Moscow would presumably be the largest one ever: a clash of close to three million men, three thousand tanks and two thousand aircrafts, with close to one million casualties both sides together.
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