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  • magiccarpet

    Yorktown and Gettysburg should be no where near this list as their influence on world history is limited and pales in comparison to battle such as marathon, Vienna and Zama.

  • ListeningtoAlbert

    The Battle of Britain has to be the most important conflict of all time. Had the British capitulated the war in the west would have ended there and then. Europe would have been Nazi and the Allies would never have been able to fight back. Who knows what would have happened with Germany’s intent on rockets, jets, and the facilities to obtain heavy water.
    As Churchill said ‘ ‘never have so many owed so much to so few ‘

  • Izoto

    Why is D-Day not here?

    • Filip

      Because it was not as important and crucial to ww2. The Germans were already finished, maybe it would have took a little longer to defeat them without D-Day but they were already on the verge of defeat.

  • Harbringer

    This list shows a deep hatred by the author for Muslims.

    Battle of Ain Julut one of the most important battle in the history of the planet and it doesn’t even get a top 5 nod????

    Muslim forces defeat the western moving mongols giving them their only defeat which they could not answer to, effectively ending Mongol expansion west of Arabia and causing them to go into complete disarray.

    Following this defeat the Golden Horde Khan of Russia (Muslim Mongol Khan) declared his cousin Hulagu an enemy and when Hulagu returned from Mongolia to avenge the defeat of his forces to the Mamluks at Ain Jalut he was intercepted in route from the army of the Golden Horde suffering his greatest defeat ever, Hulagu would never mount another assault again.

    Also take note that this battle was also the first time in history when Christians were rooting for Muslims to win. The Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem actually allowed Muslim forces to navigate through their Kingdom unmolested to take on the Mongol army.

    If they had failed here all of Arabia would have been captured and the Mongols would have continued west to Europe.

    • http://www.toptenz.net TopTenz Master

      You are wrong about the author, but I’ll let your comment through without edits.

  • Chris M

    Battle of Berlin? D-Day? I feel that both of these should have been in the top 10.

  • Ali

    This is biased , be fair and mention all kind of war regardless the race or religion ? Have you heard of the defeat of persian empire by arabs ? No ? Read up
    Heard of defeat of istanbul(today) constantinbole (before ) ? How about the battle of saladin against the crusaders ?

    Iam just being fair mentioning one side battle is something and best battles all the time is totally something else .

  • Ricky Saha

    Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia was a decisive battle in the antiquity.

    • Allen

      Responding to a whole bunch of folks, not just RIcky:

      In my opinion, measuring the significance of a battle should take into account its overall impact on history. With that in mind, I agree with the previous post which suggested removal of Midway. Yes, it was a major strategic victory, but eventually the US industrial and training capacity would have overmatched that of the Japanese, plus the Japanese would not have had the capacity to control the Pacific long term. Similiarly, the sacking of Constantinople doesn’t rate, even with the introduction of artillery and the spread of some intellectuals. The Byzantine Empire was effectively reduced to a city at that point. Finally, Thermopylae is in the same category, because while this battle may be the stuff of legends, it was merely a delaying action with no real consequence. In contrast, Plataea permanently eliminated the threat of Persian conquest of Greece. WIthout Salamis and Plataea, Western Civilization may have been snuffed. There would not have been a Greece, Rome, Catholic Church, and many other things, at least not in the form we understand. Similarly, Hastings completely altered world history. Borodino and indeed the entire Russian campaign under Napoleon rates very high on my list. Had he preserved his army, Napoleon may well have continued crushing all his opposition, thus altering the course of history leading up to the World Wars and atomic weapons. The German invasion of Russia, culimnating with Stalingrad holds similiar weight in my book. Had Germany kept the peace in the East, countless soldiers, aircraft, tanks, and artillery, not to mention finances and petrolum could have been brought to bear in the West. As for the commentary about US battles, I do agree that Yorktown doesn’t rate, but if we consider the long-term global impact, one can reasonably argue that Saratoga and Gettysburg do have some significance. Had either gone the other way, the US as we know it may never have existed. Consider how that impacts history. Maybe Europe would have been completey altered had the US not entered WWI and the warring parties had agreed to the trenches become the new borders. WIthout the crushing reparations, perhaps Germany wouldn’t have fallen to Hitler and the Nazis and at least the Western part of WWII may have never happened. I’m certainly not equating Saratoga with Plataea, but to me, the significance of a battle doesn’t have anything to do with size, new tactics/weapons, etc., but rather the long-term impact. And thanks to the folks who point out the Eastern battles. Unfortunately our “history” taught in the US conveniently ignores anything east of Persia unless you take a course specifically dedicated to Eastern culture. Your inputs were most appreciated.

  • ibrahim_ragab

    for those who think that Islam spread by force!!!!!!!
    what about now ????????????

  • Hiervolant

    Put Yorktown on the 10 most important battle in the history is pure stupidity and brainwash… Only American care about that battle… Where is the battle of Thermopylae or battle of Gaugamela ? Yorktown is important only for American… Rest of the planet don’t care about Yorktown. It is extreme narcissism to pretend that any American battle is important in the history… 5000 years of battle all around the world and USA Has only 200 years… But 2/10 of the best battle in history are American ??? 18 000 American and allies vs. 9 000 British is the best battle American has done ? Or maybe that battle is there only because most American are brainwash as the greatest country ever…

  • Buzz

    So… The list contains 0 battles of survival fought by the early Muslims, any of which had they lost, there would be no (and not 1 billion) Muslims today?

  • Buzz

    This list is utter BS. Why? It does not include the battle of Yurmouk 636 AD. Heralded the spread of Islam and the last days of the Byzatine empire.

  • Westpoint

    The comments all tend to highlight the fact that this list is both western and US centric.
    Arguing about which pivotal moment in history is the most important is ultimately futile, as ultimately any apparently insignificant event (ie butterfly effect) can completely change the course of history. Like the one about the ww1 german corporal called Adolf who narrowly avoided death in the trenches…

    • Steve

      I have always been puzzled by the inclusion of the battle of Actium on lists like these as the only thing it seemed to settle was who was going to assume the totalitarian legacy of Julius Ceasar.

  • Mikel13

    Errr, the allied army that fought Napoleon at Waterloo was not undersized, the French were actually hopelessly outnumbered, and it’s only becaue Napoleon managed to outmaneuver his enemies that the French lasted so long.

    As usual, the Waterloo campaign, as well as Wellington’s role, are being overly romanticized and exaggerated, the French and Napoleon never stood a chance.

  • ajay

    is it “top 10 most important battles in history” or “top 10 most important battles in european history”.completely biased,eurocentric and what not?

  • jrance

    No.1 has to be the battle of Teutoburg forest. 3 imperial legions wiped out by the Germanic tribes in 9AD. lead to the dam near collapse of the Northen boarder. Heavily increased Romes dependence on Germanic auxiliaries (massive stain on Roman economics). Halted roman expansion. Contributed to the withdrawal from Britain and eventually lead to the northern invasion and the collapse of the Roman empire, the migration period, medieval Europe and western civilization. Arguably a big deal.

  • Shubham

    As expected…….This list is full of eurocentrism.All the battles that shaped asia be damned
    .The battle between arab and persia that ended ancient persian civilization,the battle of tarain that led to establishing of 800 yrs. of muslim rule in most of north india,The battle of rajasthan in which pratihara under nagabhata checked islamic expansion for some 300 yrs. or the battle of kalinga whose repurcurssions resulted in Ashoka the great’s massive campaign of spreading buddhism…..all these battles have greatly affected asia and world but still…….

  • Steve

    The funny thing is the second Punic War isn’t included even though it determined a roman-influenced western world

  • Valker

    About the 4th (Vienna) and Turks vs Polish…
    “and somehow lost.”… God! That was the biggest chivalry charge in history! And it was performed by Polish-Lithuanian winged hussars, the strongest in their times, legendary formation.
    Learn something about other battles which they “somehow” won.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kircholm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Klushino

  • REF

    10 most decisive battles must be judged by one criterion: how drastically different the world would have been had the fight gone the other way. With all respect to the peoples of Asia, few if any of their battles were decisive in that sense. In China it was usually one dynasty replacing another; the lives of the vast majority didn’t change. In India much the same; the Europeans with advanced weaponry would have taken control in any case. You will probably accuse me of being Eurocentric, but the development of the world up to the start of the 21st century has largely been controlled by European or Western interests or activities. In short, my list of ten (in chronological order):
    1. Marathon. If Athens had lost, the Persians would have controlled the polis; thus no flowering of Greek (read Athenian) civilization. No Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, hundreds of etcs.
    2. Salamis. Yes it may seem I’m over-doing the Greeks, but a defeat of the Greek navy would have had the same result as above, a reversal of Marathon.
    3. Gaugamela. Alexander’s defeat of Darius Hellenized the entire Middle East. Had A lost, world culture would have been vastly different.
    4. Roman naval victories of the First Punic War. Yeah, I’m cheating a bit here, but Mylae, Ecnomus, and, especially the Agades Islands sent Rome on their way to the empire. Had the C’s retained command of the sea, Rome would have been hard put to supply or reinforce Sicily. By the way, I’m not putting any Hannibal here. After the 1st P.W., with Italy’s vast population and the loyalty of the socii, C never had a real chance
    5. Actium. Augustus; ‘nough said
    6. Teutoberg Forest. Hermann the German kept northern and eastern Europe from being Romanized. Imagine no German nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. By the way,, no “fall of the Roman Empire” here. It was bound to come crashing (slowly) down in those times anyway. BUT
    7 Mulvian Bridge. Had Constantine lost, Christianity would have been disgraced; few are going to follow a god who can’t win battles. It would have continued as one of a number of mystery faiths of the time, but never risen to top dog. Who then would have carried classical learning into the middle ages and beyond. Remember the Byzantines were Xian too.
    8. Yarmuk. Assuming everything earlier had gone as before, if the Eastern Romans had defeated the Arab armies in Palestine, Islam (probably) would have been confined to the peninsula.
    9. Death of Ogadai Khan. OK; I’m cheating again, but without the recall of the Mongols at that time, nothing Europe had could have stopped them.
    10. Armada. Yes, it was probably doomed to failure in any case, but we’re playing “what if” here. A Spanish conquest of England would have changed the political/religious history of Europe for centuries. You may be surprised I’s omitting Hastings. A good case could be made for it, but until the Tudors, it really didn’t have a great effect on the world as a whole (The French thinking of the 100 years might disagree)
    I have several more, but that’s enough for tonight. See you later.

  • REF

    Hi. It’s the following night and I’m back again. I know I’ve listed ten, but the whole history of warfare can’t be reduced to ten; even Cressy listed fifteen, so here are my last five:
    11. Breitenfeld. This probably seems a strange one, but think about it. If Tilly had won, the Edict of Restitution would have been enforced all across northern Europe — Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark. Richelieu would have taken care of the Hugonots (sorry about the spelling) in France, and with the continent dominated by Catholicism The Stuarts would have controlled England with French help. (For you alternate history buffs I refer you Eric Flint’s 1632 series {unpaid ad}). thus no English Civil War (or Charles I winning), no glorious Revolution, and further Papistry under James II. This would have limited British overseas expansion; few American colonies and no British Empire as we know it.
    12. Saratoga. Without French, etc., help we might well not have won our Revolution. It was not only their money and arms, but a French army and especially their navy off Cape Henry. Saratoga proved we could win battles and that brought in the help we needed.
    13. The invasion of Russia. OK, I know, it’s not a battle, but the whole campaign needed to be cancelled. It wasn’t necessary; only Napoleon’s hubris brought it on. Had he not wasted half a million men and his magnificent cavalry mounts on the Stepes, he had enough forces to contain the “Spanish ulcer,” keep the Prussians and Austrians under control and defy England. Even assuming he wasn’t poisoned, he would have lived and reigned until 1821 — by which time the King of Rome would have been a teenager. He could have set up a regency or successor and the army would have kept them in power. How long the dynasty would have lasted is anyone’s guess, but the history or Europe and the world would have been changed. No German Empire for example.
    14 Battle of the Marne. This is shorthand for the failure of the Schliefen plan. Had Moltke the Younger had the guts of his uncle — especially not sending 2.5 corps to the East — this might well have been a German victory. Coupled with Tannenburg WWI would have ended in fall 1914 with a German victory. Wilhelm lived until ’42; Europe stable under German domination. Thus no Versailles Treaty, no rise of Hitler, no WWII and no final solution. Also no Russian Revolution (at least as it occurred) and with Lenin in Swiss exile, very different outcome. Also, with a whole generation of European youth saved from slaughter and European prestige undiminished, the European empires would have lasted considerably longer.
    15. and finally Moscow 1941. Many historians now agree that the allies greatest ally in WWII was Hitler. Had not screwed up by the numbers too many times to count, the Reich could well have won the war — isn’t that a pleasant thought! If he had waited until ’42, or especially if he hadn’t constantly altered the main direction of advance the Germans could have taken Moscow before winter.
    Stalin thought they could since he had his private train ready to head for the Urals. Whether he could have survived that flight is questionable since so many of the Soviets hated him. With Russia defeated or at least contained the Germans could have reinforced N> Africa; can’t you just envision what Rommel could have done with three more Pzdiv? The invasion of Europe couldn’t have taken place against the whole German army in 44; remember D-day was against only one-quarter of the Germans; the rest were on the Eastern front. This would have given the Germans time to perfect the Tiger, the ME262, more rockets and even — wouldn’t we love this — the bomb.
    Well, that’s my list; let me know what you think. Signing off.