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Old October 17th, 2011, 09:05 AM   #1

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Greatest battles ever judging by the battle itself - course, numbers, etc.


Which battle do you find the greatest ever?




This is my choice - easily my favorite.
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The battle at Thermopylae, part of the Greco-Persian Wars, it had unimaginably huge effects on Western culture.
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Stalingrad- changed the course of history.
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Second Siege of Nanking or whatever it was called, something like 100,000 people killed in a day. The highest number ever, I believe.

Also that Roman one where 80k were apparently killed.
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Second Siege of Nanking or whatever it was called, something like 100,000 people killed in a day. The highest number ever, I believe.

Also that Roman one where 80k were apparently killed.
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I'd might go with Salamis, after the defeats at Thermopylae, and Artemisium, it was the miraculous victory of Salamis that was the beginning of the end for the Persians.
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in my opinion Stalingrad is one of the greatest battles because is considered the decisive battle of the WWII.Also, Austerlitz and Cannae could be, because they are considered tactical masterpieces.
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That's the nice thing about battles; any bunch of humans killing each other are changing history... like every third day.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #9

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I'd might go with Salamis, after the defeats at Thermopylae, and Artemisium, it was the miraculous victory of Salamis that was the beginning of the end for the Persians.
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.
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The Great Siege of Gibraltar. a small British-German garrison of 7,000 men held out against a Franco-Spanish armada for four years, and defeated a 'grand assault' of almost 100,000 soldiers, sailors and marines, 17 floating assault batteries, 86 guns and 50 ships of the line
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