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Old April 29th, 2013, 03:54 AM   #1
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What's you're favourite battle in history?

I'm new here and want to get a feel for what most of you are interested in!
This will help I think...plus its something to talk about!!

It can be any battle! Mine would be the battle of Kursk...
I mean.. 912,460 men belong to the Germans and I think something like 1,900,000 For the Russians... I'd have picked Stalingrad but Kursk got me because of the brilliant amount of tanks used! Also the defences built by the Russians in such a short amount of time really impressed me!
I don't know I'm not a big tactics and strategy master but do you think that if the Germans piled all their forces on one point and pressed down on one tip of the bulge like a pin rather than the pincer movement...would they have been successful in the battle? Breaking through one of the strong points and flanking the second? Anyway... You don't have to answer that! The main topic is finding out your favourite battle!

I'll try reply to all if I can!
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Old April 29th, 2013, 03:58 AM   #2

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I'd say the major battles of the Overland Campaign during the American Civil War - the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, and Cold Harbor.

For Antiquity, its Pharsalus and Philippi.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 04:09 AM   #3

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I'm not sure if I have 'favourite' battles, but there are certainly some I'm more interested in than others. Recently I've been researching the opening of the Manchurian theatre in the First Sino-Japanese War, so I've been examining the battles of Fenghuangcheng, Kangwasai, Tomuh, Gaiping and Haicheng, amongst others. Out of those, the battles around Haicheng are the ones that grab my interest the most. Aside from Fenghuangcheng, the Haicheng Offensive was the only serious counter-offensive launched by the Chinese in the entire war, conducted during a particularly bitter winter. There's something fascinating about the last-ditch efforts of an ultimately doomed army I find.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 04:53 AM   #4

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Brice´s Crossroads, ACW. Battle of Raate Road and Battle of Tolvajärvi, Winter War. Outnumbered over 2:1 and still manage to win decisive victory and in some cases even destroy the enemy. That impresses me.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 06:00 AM   #5

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One I find interesting and enjoy reading about is Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift

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Old April 29th, 2013, 06:37 AM   #6

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The Battle of Cannae. It is remarkable how Hannibal managed to surround and trap an army almost twice the size of his own.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 06:51 AM   #7
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For me it's battle of Gaugamela (331BC) between Alexander the Great (Greeks) and Darius (Persians). A text book example of quality vs quantity.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 07:04 AM   #8

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Find it difficult to have a 'favourite' battle but this one certainly strikes my interest
Against all odds the Hungarians managed to defeat a far larger Ottoman army and secured their place as a Hungarian legend. There are far too many battles later on for me to list though.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 07:39 AM   #10

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The battle of Fort Sumter 1861 as no one was killed.
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