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Famous Battles on a Map

Throughout history, we've had battles that historically changed the world for the better or worse in many people's opinions. Can you name 36 historical battles that changed the world?
Battles are colored for time periods listed below
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Last updated: September 2, 2021
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Ancient Battles (B.C.E.)
1274
Egypt vs. Hittites
K
Kadesh
490
Persia vs. Athens
M
Marathon
480
Sparta vs. Persia
T
Thermopylae
331
Macedon vs. Persia
G
Gaugamela
216
Carthage vs. Rome
C
Cannae
 
 
 
 
Classical & Medieval Battles
9
Germanic Tribes vs. Rome
TF
Teutoburg Forest
378
Eastern Rome vs. Goths
A
Adrianople
732
Franks vs. Umayyad Caliphate
T
Tours
1066
Normans vs. Anglo-Saxon's
H
Hastings
1428-1429
England vs. France & Scotland
O
Orleans
 
 
 
 
Renaissance Battles
1478
Portugal vs. Castille
G
Guinea
1492
Castille-Aragon vs. Granada Emirate
G
Grenada
1521
Spanish Empire vs. Aztecs
T
Tenochtitlan
1529
Ottoman Empire vs. Poland-Lithuania & HRE
V
Vienna
1532
Spanish Empire vs. Incan Empire
C
Cajamarca
1562
Timurid Empire vs. Lodi Dynasty
P
Panipat
1588
Spanish Empire vs. England
G
Gravelines
Industrial & Pre WWI
1781
Americans & French Empire vs. British Empire
Y
Yorktown
1805
French Empire vs. Russian & Austrian Empire
A
Austerlitz
1805
British Empire vs. French & Spanish Empires
T
Trafalgar
1812
British & Portuguese Empire vs. Revolutionary France
S
Salamanca
1815
French Empire vs. British Empire, Prussia & Others
W
Waterloo
1836
Mexican Empire vs. Texan Republic
A
Alamo
1838
Boers vs. Zulu Empire
BR
Blood River
1861
Confederates vs. United States
FS
Fort Sumter
1863
Confederates vs. United States
G
Gettysburg
1886
Paraguay vs. Brazilian Empire, Argentina & Uruguay
T
Tuyutí
1898
United States vs. Spain
M
Manila Bay
1905
Empire of Japan vs. Russian Empire
T
Tsushima
 
 
 
 
WW1-
1914
France & United Kingdom vs. Germany
M
The Marne
1942
United Kingdom vs. Nazi Germany
EA
El Alamein
1942
United States vs. Japanese Empire
M
Midway
1942
United States vs. Japanese Empire
G
Guadalcanal
1942-1943
USSR vs. Nazi Germany
S
Stalingrad
1944
USA, UK, France, Canada vs. Nazi Germany
N
Normandy Landings
1968
Vietnam
K
Khe Sanh
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Level 51
Dec 11, 2020
Excellent quiz, but isn't Trafalgar a Napoleonic war...?
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2020
oops you're right I fixed it now :)
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Level 51
Dec 11, 2020
Thank you! I nominated your quiz!
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2020
Thank you :D
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2020
Panipat is way off on the map. Some other suggestions would be the Battle of Plassey (British inroads into india), or ancient war of Kurukshetra
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Level 74
Dec 12, 2020
This was great, also I suggest adding the Battle of Lepanto
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
That Chinese battle seems like a ridiculous choice. There are plenty of noteworthy battles and you've chosen a tiny clash that almost nobody would ever know.

Here's the Baike article https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%93%8D%E6%B0%B4%E5%8F%A3%E6%88%98%E6%96%97

Absolutely tiny. I just don't get it. Please replace with a real battle.

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Level 84
Sep 2, 2021
Not a bad idea, but it's not very good as it is. Too many spots off place (Normandy, Waterloo, etc.). Too many obscure battles while many well-known ones are not featured. And too many alternate names not accepted (Poitiers for Tours, Varian disaster for Teutoburg forest, D-Day for Normandy landings, etc.).

Oh, and to only choose defeats for Napoleon is so petty it's laughable :D. At least put Austerlitz not to be ridiculous.

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Level 72
Sep 2, 2021
French here and I agree with Arp2600, there is some issue with the names and places:

- The Marne battle actually occured in 1914. There is a 2nd battle of the Marne in 1918 but with the Americans and Kingdom of Italy on the Allies side. The first one (1914) is more known IMHO, due to its short duration (6 days) vs the casualties and losses (+500 000, including 150 000 dead)

- Normandy landing is wrong placed. It should be a bit on the west, where the coast go north. There was actually the well known battle of the Somme at the place indicated on the map (in 1916) - where Tolkien fought btw. I tried many ways to find out and was a bit disappointed that it was not even the good answer.

Additionally Normandy landings should also accept D-Day (or Débarquement =) )

- Tours battle is more known by Poitiers battle (at least here in France - I could find the answer despite the fact I know the battle)

- Gravelines located near Dunkirk was also misleading, but fair enough

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Level 71
Sep 2, 2021
Very good quiz! And congrats for trying to expand beyond european and north american history. It is unfortunately common to see Latin America's history wiped out in english speaking quizzes and it's nice to see someone trying to put a handful of events which happened there.

If you're still open for add ups, I'd recommend researching battles from the Paraguayan War of 1864-1870. It's the largest modern war to ever happen at South America and it envolved four of its countries (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay), not to mention its worldwide comercial and diplomatic impact at the time.

In any case, congrats again for your originality and research effort. Nominated!

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Level 75
Sep 2, 2021
Love this idea! However, you have the wrong date for Gaugamela (I believe). It had me confused 😐
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Level 72
Sep 2, 2021
Yes, it should be 331 BC. Neither the Persian Empire nor the Kingdom of Macedon existed in 1132 BC.
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
I know i just caught that too
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
I think Vienna could also be Varna
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Level 73
Sep 2, 2021
Date on Normandy Landings should be 6/6/44....
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
I don't do months and days lol
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Level 71
Sep 2, 2021
Great quiz! There were quite a lot of these I am unfamiliar with. The only suggestion I have would be to add something from Chinese history, which has plenty of famous battles. I'll admit they might be obscure (I certainly can't think of any off the top of my head), but it'd still be good to add just to show you're considering Chinese history as well.
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Level 67
Sep 3, 2021
I had one but I decided to delete it. I really can't think of any that would commonly be known. Sure, there are some more obscure battles represented but they were still pretty important to history at the very least
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2021
Awesome quiz! It's more detailed and easier to follow than mine, Famous Battles on the Map.
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Level 67
Sep 3, 2021
Thanks man, I didn't know you had a version too. I took it ;)
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Level 77
Dec 8, 2021
Nominated and spotlighted!
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Level 75
Dec 14, 2021
Nice quiz. It's Granada and Castile though
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Level 77
Dec 17, 2021
Good quiz thank you. It might be fairer to say "British Commonwealth vs Germany and Italy" for El Alamein.
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Level 50
Mar 23, 2022
During the Battle of El Alamein GErmany fought alongside with Italy. Many italian soldiers took part to that battle, and so many of them have died. I think it would be right to write down "Nazi Germany and Italy"
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Level 76
Jul 22, 2022
Great quiz