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The Sadowa Campaign 1866 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: As we have mentioned before, there have been many lively discussions about the validity of the choices Creasy/Mitchell made for a short list of battles throughout western history. Perhaps the selection of...
The Victory of Arminius, Teutoburg Forest 9 AD
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from the publisher: Give me back my legions! Caesar Augustus had seen plenty of cataclysm and tragedy in his life. From the assassination of his adopted father to two civil wars, betrayal by allies, and the deaths (possibly murders) of...
Joan of Arcs Victory: Render to the Maid! 1429 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: Render to The Maid! Even in full armor, she still looked like a young girl. Even among men who had done nothing but war all their lives, she maintained a soldierly bearing... and something else. She led...
The Day of Waterloo, 1815 AD
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From the Publisher: The Day of Waterloo It might be the most written about battle of all time… …But tactically, it was one of Napoleon’s worst efforts. After Napoleon’s return from Elba, he watched his peace efforts spurned and knew that...
The Battle of Marathon, 490 BC
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Marathon A battle remembered by a race? Or was it the single most important battle in Western Civilization? Terms from military history have entered the English language in many ways, but primarily...
The Battle of Chalons, 451 AD
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Châlons An Unstoppable Force Meets An Immovable Alliance Born half-Roman, but all business, the Battle of Châlons saw “the last great Roman general”, Flavius Aetius, at his finest! And “finest” would...
The Battle of Blenheim, 1704 AD
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Blenheim “But ‘twas a famous victory!” Many wars have been fought to tip or maintain that illusive “balance of power” between nations, while including other objectives. The War of Spanish Succession...
Arbela: Gaugamela 331 BC
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Arbela One of the interesting aspects of military history, throughout the ages, has been the match-up of commanders. Two single people, each commanding a mighty army, "meet" on a battlefield and...
The Invincible Armada 1588 AD
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From the Publisher: The Invincible Armada "God Blew and They Were Scattered" (translation from the commemorative medal above) Of all the "what ifs" in History, few can compete with "What if the Spanish Armada had succeeded?" The joke...
The Campaign for Vicksburg 1863 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: "Vicksburg is the key. The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket." - A. Lincoln "Vicksburg is the nailhead that holds the South's two halves together." - J. Davis Many people...
The First Battle of the Marne 1914 AD
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The Marne has many novel wrinkles. It was the first battle in which observation planes are credited with providing critical information - they spotted a gap between German armies and the opportune place for a counterattack. Paris was on...
Hastings 1066 AD
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From the Publisher: The background to Hastings is well known, with an English king (Edward the Confessor, who had spent years before his crowning exiled in Normandy and encouraged Norman interests to off-set local rivals) dying...
The Valmy Campaign 1792 AD
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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...
The Battle of the Metaurus 207 BC
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From Turning Point Simulations: How Hannibal Lost the War... As people think over the actions of Hannibal in the 2nd Punic War, many great battles come to mind…Cannae, Zama, Trebia, Lake Trasimene… Yet, Creasy chose The Metaurus as the...
The Battle of Midway 1942 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: A Shattered Sword? The selections of some of the “decisive battles” have sparked conversations over the years. Vicksburg over Gettysburg? The Metaurus over Zama? Syracuse? But no one has ever questioned...
The Siege of Syracuse 415-413 BC
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From the Publisher: "The Romans knew not…how deeply the greatness of their own prosperity and the fate of the whole Western world were involved in the destruction of the fleet of Athens in the harbor of Syracuse.” Arnold Say what? The...
The Battle of Saratoga 1777 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: Many people mistakenly believe “Cinco de Mayo” is “Mexican Independence Day.” (That event is actually September 16.) No, “Cinco de Mayo” celebrates the surprising victory of the Mexicans over the French...
Poltava’s Dread Day 1700-1722 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: The Great Northern War "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana’s famous quote has often been cited when failed plans are analyzed... when some- thing— like Hitler’s...
The Battle of Stalingrad 1942 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: Pivot on the Volga Out of all the most horrific battles of WWII, one name stands out above the rest: Stalingrad. It became the focus point for everything else on the Eastern Front. Once they battled into...
The Battle of Tours 732 AD
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From Turning Point Simulations: How Charles Got His Hammer... At one time, it looked like the expansion of Islam was an unstoppable force. By 725 A.D., Muslims owned virtually all of the Iberian peninsula and had crossed the Pyrenees,...