Most astonishing rapid marches in military history

Jan 2016
465
Macedonia
#1
The ones I can recall right now from the top of my head:

The Eighth Army's march from Alamein to Agedabia in 1942 (778 miles in 20 days)
Davout's III Corps loaded march from Vienna to Austerlitz in 1805 (101 miles in 48 hours)
Dmitry Zhloba's "Steel Division" march over the Caucasus from Nevinnomysskaya to Tsaritsyn in 1918 (500 miles in 15 days)
Marlborough's advance past the Ne Plus Ultra lines in 1711 (40 miles in 18 hours, not a single life lost)
Nader Shah's detour of the Khyber Pass in 1738 (50 miles in 18 hours over snowy mountains)
Hannibal over the Alps in 218 BC (250 miles in 16 days through snowstorms and 10,000 feet above earth)
Vasily Blyukher's march over the Urals in 1918 (932 miles in 40 days)
Alexander's march from Pelion (Illyria) to Thebes in 335 BC (240 miles in 14 days)
Caesar's march from Italy to Spain in 46 BC (1500 miles in 27 days)
Mao Zedong's Long March in 1934-35 (5600 miles in 370 days through harsh terrain and vs. various bigger armies)
Timur's march to Delhi in 1398 (160 miles in 2 days)
Subutai's march to Pest in 1241 (180 miles in 3 days through snow)
Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign in 1862 (646 miles in 48 days vs. three bigger armies)
 
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The ones I can recall right now from the top of my head:

The Eighth Army's march from Alamein to Agedabia in 1942 (778 miles in 20 days)
Davout's III Corps loaded march from Vienna to Austerlitz in 1805 (101 miles in 48 hours)
Dmitry Zhloba's "Steel Division" march over the Caucasus from Nevinnomysskaya to Tsaritsyn in 1918 (500 miles in 15 days)
Marlborough's advance past the Ne Plus Ultra lines in 1711 (40 miles in 18 hours, not a single life lost)
Nader Shah's detour of the Khyber Pass in 1738 (50 miles in 18 hours over snowy mountains)
Hannibal over the Alps in 218 BC (250 miles in 16 days through snowstorms and 10,000 feet above earth)
Vasily Blyukher's march over the Urals in 1918 (932 miles in 40 days)
Alexander's march from Pelion (Illyria) to Thebes in 335 BC (240 miles in 14 days)
Caesar's march from Italy to Spain in 46 BC (1500 miles in 27 days)
Mao Zedong's Long March in 1934-35 (5600 miles in 370 days through harsh terrain and vs. various bigger armies)
Timur's march to Delhi in 1398 (160 miles in 2 days)
Subutai's march to Pest in 1241 (180 miles in 3 days through snow)
Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign in 1862 (646 miles in 48 days vs. three bigger armies)
Wow, this is a nice list. :)

What were your sources?
 
Jan 2016
465
Macedonia
#4
Wow, this is a nice list. :)

What were your sources?
These are the sources for the numbers posted above:

For Subutai's march, Richard Gabriel's book "Subotai the Valiant"
For Timur's march, Dorling Kindersley's "History Year by Year"
For Alexander's march, Kevin Geller's "The 100 Most Influential Military Leaders of All Time"
For Davout's march, Alistair Horn's "Napoleon: Master of Europe"
For Marlborough's march, John Lynn's "The Wars of Louis XIV"
For Nader's march, Christopher Bellamy's "The Evolution of Modern Land Warfare"
For Zhloba's march, Richard Overy's "A History of War in 100 Battles"
For Blyukher's march, the Great Russian Encyclopedia
For Mao's march, Zhang, Chunhou. Vaughan, C. Edwin "Mao Zedong as Poet and Revolutionary Leader"
For Hannibal's march, Henry Lewis Wickham's "A Dissertation on the Passage of Hannibal over the Alps" (citing Polybius)
For Caesar's march, Adrian Goldsworthy's "Caesar's Civil War"
For Montgomery's march, Niall Barr's "Pendulum of War: Three Battles of El Alamein"
 
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Marlborough's march to the Danube 250miles through enemy territory in 1704 is the greatest in history I think. He had to overcome every problem a commander can face, use deception against both his allies and enemies, diplomatic skill and uncanny logistical nous
 

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