Britain's Greatest Battles

  Quickbeam 09:29 03 Feb 2013

The National Army Museum is holding a poll for what we think is Britain's Greatest Battle

I can't for the life of me think why some of the battles which history ranks as amongst The British Army's greatest disasters are in the running.

  michaelw 09:42 03 Feb 2013

Looks like you're fighting a losing battle ;0)

  Aitchbee 10:30 03 Feb 2013

My favourite battle was "Waterloo ... when Napolean did surrender!" and ABBA won the the most votes in 1974 ;o]

  Quickbeam 10:41 03 Feb 2013

I'm for Michael Caine to get the most votes, thousands of 'em!

  kad60 10:44 03 Feb 2013
  Quickbeam 11:02 03 Feb 2013

That's an interesting link that kad60.

The two world wars are a bit sparsely catered for though. Is it still under construction?

Now I'm going to have to rack around in the attic for an old pre-war book of my dads that has all the Great war trench positions with London street names that I haven't looked through for... 30 years or more.

So what is a great battle anyway? In my mind it's a resounding success with the scent of complete victory won, or to be soon won by way of dictating how the war is then controlled to an end.

  bremner 12:30 03 Feb 2013

Shame it is limited to last 400 years as this rules out Agincourt.

  Quickbeam 13:20 03 Feb 2013
  Bing.alau 14:44 03 Feb 2013

I would plump for the Battle Of The Atlantic during WW2. No doubt the Yanks would plump for The Battle for The Pacific or the one where they got shut of the Brits. Which battle would the Scots vote for? And all you ever hear the Irish talk about is The Battle Of The Boyne. So it will be horses for courses I guess.

  Bing.alau 14:55 03 Feb 2013

Quickbeam. Looking at the battles in your link, it seems to ignore such as the taking of Gibraltar, and it misses out a lot of the WW1 stalemates. Of course I mentioned in my previous post what were primarily naval battles. Sorry about that.

  john bunyan 16:25 03 Feb 2013

As this is a British Army oriented poll, I think in WW2 El Alemein and Normandy would rate highly as turning points, as would Kohima. WW1 may have been bloody but decisive battles were rare. If other fighting units are included the battle of Britain was decisive , as was the Atlantic. Gibraltar was a great battle in its day, as were others , but there have been many defeats too, such as Singapore, Dunkirk, the US War of Independence and the war with USA of 1814.

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