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Admiral Nelson & Admiral Brueys
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Aboukir Bay
The British victory destroyed the French fleet, stranding Napoleon's forces in Egypt.
Admiral Nelson & Admiral Villeneuve
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Trafalgar
The French defeat at Trafalgar forced Napoleon to abandon hopes of invading Britain.
Admiral Sir John Jellicoe & Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Jutland
Known as Battle of the Skagerrak in Germany. The largest naval battle of World War I and the only full-scale clash of battleships in that war. Fought May 31st to June 1st, 1916 off the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark in the North Sea. Considered a victory by each side. Germany sank more British ships than they lost. Germany never again challenged the Allies on the open seas with their surface fleet during the war.
Alexander the Great & Darius III
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Issus
Although outnumbered 3:1 Alexander defeated the Persian armies.
Alexander Von Kluck & Horace Smith-Dorrien
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Le Cateau
August 26th 1914 near Le Cateau, France. German forces use indirect artillery fire with howitzers to overcome the II Corps of the British Expeditionary Force's mobile artillery in The Royal Horse Artillery using direct fire to set the pattern for the rest of WWI of indirect shelling by each side causing trench warfare to dominate and prevent a mobile type of warfare.
Bernard Montgomery & Erwin Rommel
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of El Alamein
The battle was a significant Allied victory and led to the closing of the African front.
Chester Nimitz & Isoroku Yamamoto
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Midway
Japan lost four fleet carriers during the battle.
Consul Publius Decius Mus & King Pyrrhus of Epirus
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Asculum
Took place in 279 BC between the Romans and the combined Tarantine, Oscan, Samnite, and Epirote army forces. This battle was set within the Romano-Tarantine conflict, to control Magna Graecia.
Douglas Haig & Max Von Gallwitz
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of the Somme
The battle lasted four months and took over a million casualties.
Duke of Cumberland & Charles Edward Stuart
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Culloden
"Bonnie Prince Charlie" was defeated and fled Britain.
Duke of Marlborough & Claude De Villars
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Malplaquet
The bloodiest battle of the 18th century with over 35,000 casualties.
Edward IV & Henry Beaufort
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Towton
The largest battle fought on English soil and probably the bloodiest.
Erich Von Manstein & Georgiy Zhukov
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Kursk
The largest tank battle of all time.
General Custer, Sitting Bull & Crazy Horse
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Little Bighorn
The battle is known to the Cheyenne as the Battle of the Greasy Grass.
General Holland Smith & General Tadamichi Kuribayashi
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Iwo Jima
Tadamichi Kuribayashi was a haiku poet, diplomat and General of the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff.
General James Wolfe & Louis-Joseph, Marquis De Montcalm
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of the Plains of Abraham
General James Wolfe successfully resisted the column advance of French troops and Canadian military under Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm
General James Wolfe & Louis-Joseph, Marquis De Montcalm
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Quebec
General James Wolfe successfully resisted the column advance of French troops and Canadian military under Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm
General Publius Quinctilius Varus & Arminius
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
9 AD conflict in which Arminius betrayed his Roman commander of the XVII, XVIII AND XIX Legions and led a coalition of Germanic tribes (the Cherusci, Marsi, Chatti, Bructeri, Chauci and Sicambri) in stopping the Roman conquest of Germania. final battle was fought at Kalkriese Hill (near Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany)
George G. Meade & Robert E. Lee
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Gettysburg
Gettysburg ended Lee's invasion of the North.
George Washington & Lord Cornwallis
   led opposing forces at the   
Siege of Yorktown
Cornwallis' surrender lead to the American victory in the War of Independence.
Hannibal & Lucius Aemilius Paullus
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Cannae
Around 70,000 men were killed in a single day.
Harold Godwinson & Harald III of Norway
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Stamford Bridge
Harold was victorious over the forces led by Harald III and Tostig, Harold's brother.
Henry V & Charles D'Albert
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Agincourt
Immortalised by Shakespeare as the focal point of Henry V.
James IV & Thomas Howard
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Flodden Field
Fought in the county of Northumberland in northern England on 9 September 1513, between an invading Scots army under King James IV and an English army commanded by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey. It ended in a victory for the English and a bloody defeat for the Scots and was the largest battle (in terms of numbers) fought between the two nations.
Joan of Arc & the Earl of Suffolk
   led opposing forces at the   
Siege of Orléans
Joan of Arc's first major military victory.
Julius Caesar & Vercingetorix
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Alesia
The Roman victory at Alesia signalled the completion of their conquest of Gaul.
Lieutenant John Chard & Prince Dabulamanzi
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Rorke's Drift
139 British soldiers held out for over 10 hours against more than 4000 Zulu warriors.
Lord Raglan & Pavel Liprandi
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Balaclava
The scene of the famous and tragic "Charge of the Light Brigade".
Louis XIV of France & Emperor Leopold
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Blenheim
Aka the Second Battle of Höchstädt), fought on 13 August 1704, was a major battle of the War of the Spanish Succession. referred to in some countries as the Second Battle of Höchstädt, fought on 13 August 1704, was a major battle of the War of the Spanish Succession. Louis XIV of France sought to knock Emperor Leopold out of the war by seizing Vienna, the Habsburg capital, and gain a favourable peace settlement. out of the war by seizing Vienna, the Habsburg capital, and gain a favourable peace settlement.
Lt. General Arthur E. Percival & General Tomoyuki Yamashita
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Singapore
An eight day struggle at the outset of WWII in the Far East for "The Gibraltar of The East" between British, Indian and Australian forces and The Japanese forces sweeping down the Maylayan Peninsula in February 1942. The fall of Singapore led to the largest surrender of British-led forces, (80,000 troops) in history.
Lt. General Sir George White & General Joubert
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Ladysmith
One of the early engagements of the Second Boer War. A large British force which had concentrated at the garrison town of Ladysmith launched a sortie on 30 October, 1899, against Boer armies which were slowly surrounding the town. The result was a disaster for the British.
Miltiades & Darius I
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Marathon
Pheidippides, an Athenian herald, is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory.
Napoleon & Alexander I
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Austerlitz
Also known as the Battle of Three Emperors, the battle is a major event in Tolstoy's "War and Peace".
Napoleon & the Duke of Wellington
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Waterloo
The arrival of Blucher's Prussian army turned the tide against Napoleon in what Wellington described as a "Damn near-run thing".
Napoleon & Field Marshal Schwartzenberg
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Dresden
Fought on 26-27 August 1813 around Dresden, Germany, resulting in a French victory under Napoleon I against forces of the Sixth Coalition of Austrians, Russians and Prussians under Field Marshal Schwartzenberg. However, Napoleon's victory was not as complete as it could have been. Substantial pursuit was not undertaken after the battle, and the flanking corps was surrounded and forced to surrender a few days later at the Battle of Kulm.
Necho II & Josiah
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Megiddo
Josiah, King of Judah, was killed in the battle and the Egyptian forces prevailed.
Pausanias & Mardonius
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Plataea
Spartan general Pausanias led a coalition of forces from Greek city states against Persian General Mardonius and his army of 200,000 troops in August 479 BC near the city of Plataea on the Aspopus River in Boetia. The Greeks sought to route the Persians and drive them from Greece and avenge the loss of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae the year before in 480 BC. The outcome of this battle is said to have preserved Greek and Western culture.
Prince Edward & Simon De Montfort
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Evesham
The decisive battle in the Second Baron's War saw the death of De Montfort.
Prince Edward & Simon De Montfort
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Lewes
The Battle of Lewes was one of two main battles of the conflict known as the Second Barons' War. It took place at Lewes in Sussex, on 14 May 1264. It marked the high point of the career of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, and made him the "uncrowned King of England". The battle occurred because of the vacillation of King Henry III, who was refusing to honour the terms of the Provisions of Oxford, an agreement he had signed with his barons, led by Montfort, in 1258. Prince Edward (later King Edward I) commanded the cavalry.
Richard III & Henry Tudor
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Bosworth Field
The final major battle of the Wars of the Roses.
Robert Baden-Powell & Piet Cronje
   led opposing forces at the   
Siege of Mafeking
The siege lasted for 217 days and turned Baden-Powell into a national hero.
Robert the Bruce & Edward II
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Bannockburn
The decisive battle in the First War of Scottish Independence.
Santa Anna & William Travis
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of the Alamo
Davie Crockett and Jim Bowie served under Travis at the Alamo.
Sir Thomas Fairfax & Charles I
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Naseby
Cromwell's cavalry, under Fairfax, routed the royalists.
William the Conquerer & Harold Godwinson
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Hastings
This signalled the end of Saxon rule in England.
William Wallace & the Earl of Surrey
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Stirling Bridge
Wallace trapped the English at the bridge crossing and defeated their superior forces.
William Wallace & Edward I
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Falkirk
Welsh archers, armed with the longbow, brought victory for Edward I where his knights had failed.


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Allan R. Matthes








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