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Top 10 Battles

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:02 pm
by templarcommander
Hi everybody,

Just a quick one. I have been having this discussion with a few people recently,

What are the top ten most defining battles in History?

What do you think?

Re: Top 10 Battles

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:03 pm
by Na Fianna Éireann
The Battle of Kursk the defining moment in the Second World War were the Third Reich was defeated although not in battle but where the resources of the Third Reich were not sufficient to be able to replace the losses incurred and from this point onwards it was retreat retreat retreat just as Napolean had done one hundred and thirty years before after occupying Moscow

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Re: Top 10 Battles

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:18 pm
by Nerva
Salvete Omnes!

1. Marathon - 490 BC
2. Thermopylae - 480 BC
3. Salamis - 480 BC
4. Plataea - 479 BC
5. Telamon - 225 BC
6. Zama - 202 BC
7. Alesia - 52 BC
8. Phasalus - 48 BC
9. Argentoratum - 357 AD
10. Adrianople - 378 AD

That's my two Denari... ;)

Re: Top 10 Battles

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:21 pm
by Leinsterman
Starting with a Leinstermans perspective I think the following battles had most influence.

722AD Battle of Allen, Kildare - High King killed by the Leinstermen which lead to decades of conflict between Leinster and Meath. This lead to a weakening of military forces in the East of Ireland and facilitated Scandinavian settlement.

732AD Battle of Tours - Stopped the Moorish advance into Western Europe and lead to the reign of Charlemange.

1014AD Clontarf - Decreased Scandinavian influence in Ireland.

1066AD Hastings – Checked North European culture in Britain leading to more Southern European influence. Britain’s social and legal system evolved to give Ireland what we use today.

1601AD Kinsale - defeat ultimately lead to the flight of the Earls and decreased significantly native Irish military power.

1798AD Vinegar Hill, Wexford. Will remain one of the iconic battles for Irish nationalists.

1863AD Gettysburg - Damaged General Lees aura of invincibility and ultimately inspired the North victory which lead to greater Irish American influence in the 20th century. The influence of the ‘Famine Irish’ in East Coast American politics and economic life helped Ireland establish a State in 1922 and defend our neutrality and political independence to the emergence of the EU.

1916AD The Somme. The loss of half the Irish soldiers involved lead to a horror of warfare that has lasted in many families to this day.

1940AD Battle of Britain– Air superiority stopped German invasion of UK and allowed the Americans a springboard to end WW11. American influence helped post war Western Europe unite and prosper.

1942 Stalingrad - Russian courage and sacrifice impressed the Allies and influenced the eventual settlement at the end of WW11 which allowed the Russians to get a huge land settlement and occupy Eastern Europe for 40 years.

Re: Top 10 Battles

PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:27 pm
by Malo
In my Opinion the top 10 battles are as follows:

1. Valmy 1792, secured the existance of the French Republic and therefore started democratic movements all over Europe.

2. Waterloo 1815, stopped the French from taking over everything

3. Gettysburgh 1863, just imagine what world we would live in today if the South would have one :shock:

4. Antietam 1862, enabled Abraham Lincoln to get his Emancipation Proclamation through

5. Leipzig 1813, ended Napoleonic rule over central Europe

6. Yorktown 1781, decided the American War of independence and gave the French the inspiration for their Revolution

7. Lützen 1632, a decisive battle in the War of Confessions (1618-1648) which secured a big part of the Protestant victory in central Europe

8. Vinegar Hill 1798, ended the Irish Rebellion

9. Seelower Heights 1945, last German stand before the battle of Berlin

10. Agincourt 1415, reformed Medieval Warfare forever