We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 
Contact Forum Editor

Send an email to our Forum Editor:


PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the Forum Editor know who sent the message. Both your name and email address will not be used for any other purpose.

Speakers Corner


It's free to register, to post a question or to start / join a discussion


 

Britain's Greatest Battles


Quickbeam

Likes # 0

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.

Like this post
michaelw

Likes # 1

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

Like this post
Aitchbee

Likes # 0

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

Like this post
Quickbeam

Likes # 0

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

Like this post
kad60

Likes # 0

Like this post
Quickbeam

Likes # 0

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.

Like this post
bremner

Likes # 0

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

Like this post
Quickbeam

Likes # 0

Like this post
Bing.alau

Likes # 0

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.

Like this post
Bing.alau

Likes # 0

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.

Like this post
john bunyan

Likes # 0

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.

Like this post

Reply to this topic

This thread has been locked.



IDG UK Sites

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, price and specs 2014

IDG UK Sites

iOS 8 features wishlist: the changes iPhone and iPad users want in Apple's iOS 8

IDG UK Sites

25 Years of the World Wide Web: Happy Birthday, Intenet

IDG UK Sites

Developers get access to more Sony camera features