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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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Historys closest battles?


What are some examples of where the battle was on the brink? Waterloo for me.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #2

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Lugdunum, 197 CE, the Roman civil war between Septimius Severus and Clodius Albinus. Severus' army broke when he seemingly fell in battle. Albinus' troops became disordered in pursuit of the Severans, and Severus himself revcealed that he was still alive - as a result, the Severans reformed and destroyed Albinus' army.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #3

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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #4

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battles are often called a close call even tough they were not.
Take the battle of Britain for example, how close was it really?

Operation Dynamo was a very close one.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #5
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Battle of Clontarf was pretty close but the closest a battle can get would be Lützen for me.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #6

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Guadalcanal, maybe? Definitely Waterloo. Plataea was rather near run.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:47 AM   #7

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Sekigahara. Despite the defections and betrayals on the Eastern side, the battle was still in the balance for most of the day, right up until the decisive betrayal by Kobayakawa Hideaki.

And of course, Waterloo, which was, in the (misquoted) words of the Iron Duke, "a damn close run thing".
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Old October 18th, 2012, 09:54 AM   #8

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battles are often called a close call even tough they were not.
Take the battle of Britain for example, how close was it really?

Operation Dynamo was a very close one.

The Battle of Britain was a close call. RAF Fighter Command losses almost prevented the continuation of the fight. The main problem was the slow replacement of pilots from training, for example, from August 8th to 18th, 154 pilots were lost and only 63 replacements arrived from OTU (Operational Training Units). The replacement aircraft were of little use without pilots (aircraft production was not halted and matched the losses throughout the battle).
It was the Luftwaffe's change of tactics that turned the battle into British victory; due to their increasing losses and the need to plan Barbarossa, as well as the elapsed time limit for launching Operation Sealion, they switched to night-time bombing raids, saving the RAF from a battle of attrition.

I totally agree with choosing Operation Dynamo - luck is a word that could never be overused when describing this event.

I nominate Operation Market-Garden as a close run battle.
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How about Stalingrad?
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Old October 18th, 2012, 10:10 AM   #10
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How about Stalingrad?
Considering there was a massive envelopement I would say no, there was no chance.
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