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Battles may be here due to historical importance, overwhelming defeat, unlikely victory, or sheer uniqueness. Most are a battle with an unlikely or unusual outcome.
The Greek Navy defeats the Persian navy of the coast of Athens.
Alexander the Great defeats Darius III and effectively becomes ruler of Persia.
Hannibal annihilates the much larger Roman army under Varrus and Paullus with the most famous example of double enevelopment.
Thanks to Scipio Africanus, the beginning of the end for Carthage.
An overmatched Marcus Crassus is crushed by Suren and the Parthians.
Julius Caesar, despite being outnumbered more than two to one, defeats Pompey once and for all.
This defeat caused Marc Antony to fall on his sword.
Upon learning about this fiasco in Germania, Augustus exclaimed, 'Varus, give me back my legions!'
Attila the Hun's path of destruction is halted by the Aetius and Theodoric.
The Umayyad armies are stopped by Charles Martel (aka 'The Hammer').
William 'the Bastard' becomes William 'the Conqueror' and king of England.
The Byzantine army fractures, allowing the Seljuk Turks to gradually take control of Anatolia.
The Crusader armies leave their castles only to be vanquished by Salah al-Din in the desert.
The Mamluk army defeats the Mongols and prevents them from conquering Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean coast.
The vastly outnumbered British under Henry V use longbows to devistating effect versus the French.
The Holy League outguns the Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean.
Horatio Gates defeats the British which encourages the French to aid the American Colonies. Gates is considered by some to replace Washington.
Gates is routed in the South. Americans can consider it a blessing that he was never promoted over Washington.
The Americans overcome the odds and win this battle and the war (with considerable French assistance).
In a bizzare plot that failed miserably, the French invade Ireland. Final invasion of the British Isles.
Considered Napoleon's greatest victory; the Coriscan emperor obliterates the combined Russian and Austrian armies.
Old Hickory wins an overwhelming victory, even though it had no significance in the war's outcome.
Napoleon's final defeat
Embarrassing defeat and capture of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna that led to the formation of the country of Texas
Crimean War battle that is famous for one of the worst military decisions ever made. (Name it)
McClellan missed a golden opportunity to end the war here; he was rightfully demoted by Lincoln as a result.
Lee's invasion is smashed while both sides sustain massive casulties.
Crazy Horse takes advantage of George's bull-headed decision
Started as an unforseen British defeat by the Zulu, but turned into an improbable victory. Also the subject of a Michael Caine film.
Beginning of trench warfare when the French and BEF thwarted the initial German advance
One of the bloodiest battles in history; Allied attack in which no clear objective was reached.
December 7, 1941 AD
'A date which shall live in infamy'
The Japanese unexpectedly lose their main carrier force and the tide of the Pacific Theater.
In a hellish and long battle, the Nazi invasion of Russia is turned back.
Monty forces Rommel's Afrikakorps to retreat from Egypt.
The French decisively lose Indochina to the Viet Minh.
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