Day of Waterloo : It might be the most written about battle of all time… But tactically, it was one of Napoleon’s worst efforts.
Chalons, 451 AD : An Unstoppable Force Meets An Immovable Alliance
The Battle of Blenheim 1704 : The greatest victory of Marlborough
Marathon, 490 BC : Greeks versus Persians.
If the Austrians had won at Sadowa, it is unlikely World War 1 would have happened as it did. Take away WW1, and is there a WW2?
Of all the "what ifs" in History, few can compete with "What if the Spanish Armada had succeeded?"
the clash between Darius III of Persia, ruler of the largest empire in the world-- and a young man named Alexander, who ruled a small, semi-backward nation and a collection of Greek states where he had only recently had to suppress rebellion.
The Vicksburg campaign sealed the fate of the Confederacy in 1863. it's a part of the "20 Decisive Battles" published by TPS
Give me back my legions! The victory of Arminius, Teutoburg Forest IX. AD
It DID appear to be a miracle. When the war started, the French had gone all-out in their Plan XVII offensives aimed at recapturing Alsace and Lorraine, losing a quarter-of-a-million troops in the process. And nearly losing Paris as well.
Valmy is little known. No big-name, famous generals were there, with the most status going to the father of the Kellermann who would lead a cavalry charge at Marengo a generation later. Yet, Napoleon himself made that father an honorary Marshal of the Empire, with the title, “Duke of Valmy.” Because Napoleon knew that, put simply, Valmy could have marked...