Fiercest Battle in History - Page 20

February 15th, 2007  
Ollie Garchy
Originally Posted by perseus

Not long ago a study discovered that large proportion of soldiers lack the courage to kill and so deliberately shoot to miss. How they deduced this I am not sure, and I am rather skeptical of the conclusions. However, even if partially true we are faced with the possibility of two sides deliberately shooting over each others heads in a sort of pact. There is no doubt that in Christmas 1914 British and Germans downed their weapons to play football and invite each other into their trenches to swap gifts.

Contrast this with the Russians in WW2 who placed any 'cowards' on a suicide trench at the front to take the sting out of the charge, and shot them if they came running back? I also doubt if the Germans and Russians allowed medics out into no mans land to tend to the wounded. At Culloden the British deliberately bayoneted the wounded Jacobite's after the battle. So we are left with battles in which if you are wounded there is little hope of survival, this sounds a lot tougher than the former examples.
Good point...with a few exceptions. I have always wondered about the "shoot-not-to-kill-philosophy". Mind you, most of the battlefield deaths caused by 20th Century wars were due to artillery...or tactical bombing.

It might be stranger still. If we count strategic bombing, and rub out any differences between "guy-with-a-gun" and "just-a-person", then strategic bombing really takes its toll.
February 21st, 2007  
What is your opinion on the fiercest ground battle Ollie?
April 14th, 2007  
I suppose I'd some others.

•The Battle of Towton (29 Mar 1461)
•The Battle of Crecy (1346)
•The Battle of Trafalgar
•The Battle of Balaclava (it may not have the high casualties of some battles but the collision of 2 great groups of Cavalry would have been ferocious)
April 16th, 2007  
I would assume that some of the fierciest battles were unrecorded, at least in a historical sense. I don't believe that the death toll dictates the fierceness of a battle. Two men fighting for their beliefs is going to be a very fierce thing. I can only imagine what it would had been like to stumble upon your enemy in the middle of the forest being less then 20 meters away. That would be fierce...
April 17th, 2007  

Topic: Fiercest Battle in History ?

2 Candidates:

Thermopylae, 480 B.C
Battle of Okinawa, 1945
September 1st, 2007  
I would say Thermopylae for Ancient but if were talking general I would say Battle of the Bulge particularly the defence of Bastogene.
September 9th, 2007  
Del Boy
The Duke of Wellington always answered this question with one muttered word :- ASSAYE. He was reluctantly referring to the battle of Assaye in India, as a young commander. He would never discuss it further. He won the day but with big losses.
September 9th, 2007  
I think that many of the Battles fought in the Pacific during the last war must be treated as some of the fiercest. When you take into account casualty figure for both sides and the small number of Japanese prisoner taken. It is not that American would not have taken them prisoner the main problem was there were none to be taken.
September 9th, 2007  
Del Boy

Of course, there was that time in Egypt when Sgt Rogers stole my slice of Swiss Roll from the dinner table when i looked the other way. That was fierce.

(Apologies Guys - it won't happen again, couldn't resist. I've put my helmet on and I'm hiding behind the sofa.)
October 12th, 2007  
Id say Okinawa was the fierceist in the Pacific in ww2,with iwo jima as a close second place.