Battle of Belleau Wood, 1918

BATTLE OF BELLEAU WOOD – WWI 1–26 June 1918 SUMMARY The first large-scale American battle of WWI was the Battle of Belleau Wood.  Two U.S. Army Divisions, a Marine Brigade, along with French and British troops, went on the offensive and repelled elements from 5 German Divisions from their defensive positions in the French woods […]


Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord, 1970

BATTLE OF FIRE SUPPORT BASE RIPCORD – VIETNAM WAR 12 March – 23 July 1970 SUMMARY An estimated 25,000 North Vietnamese soldiers attacked 4 battalions of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division in a 4 ½ month battle that ended with the U.S. abandoning Fire Support Base Ripcord. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND As part of Operation […]

Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775

BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 17 JUNE 1775 SUMMARY The Battle of Bunker Hill was an early battle of the American Revolution near Boston, Massachusetts where a lack of ammunition doomed the Americans to a defeat, but at a heavy cost for the British. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND After learning that the British planned on […]


The Battle of Bibracte, 59BC

THE BATTLE OF BIBRACTE – GALLIC WARS 58BC SUMMARY While pursuing the fleeing Helvetii after the Battle of the Arar, Roman supplies began to run low. They were forced to turn back from their pursuit of the Helvetii people. The Helvetii took this as an opportunity to follow and harass the Roman legions. Seeing the […]


Stamford Bridge, Battle of 1066

THE BATTLE OF STAMFORD BRIDGE – VIKING INVASION 25th September 1066 SUMMARY The forces of Harold Godwinson defeated the forces of Harald Hardrada and Tostig Godwinson. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND In 1066 Edward the Confessor had died childless. Harold Godwinson had been crowned King but Harald Hardrada and William of Normandy both thought they should be King. Hardrada […]


Brentford, Battle of 1016

THE BATTLE OF BRENTFORD 9th May 1016 SUMMARY This was a decisive battle fought the Danish Vikings and the Anglo Saxons —-oOo—- BACKGROUND In 1013 Sweyn Forkbeard had conquered much of England and had proclaimed himself King of the land. When he died in 1014 he nominated his son Cnut to be King but the Anglo-Saxons chose to […]

Brunanburh, Battle of 937

Brunanburh, Battle of 937

THE BATTLE OF BRUNANBURH – VIKING INVASION October 937 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between Aethelstan of England and the allied armies of Constantine II of Scotland, Owain of Strathclyde and Olaf Guthfrithson of Dublin —-oOo—- BACKGROUND Aethelstan had taken York from the Vikings in 927 and received the submission of Ealdred of Bamburgh, Constantine of […]

Exeter, Siege of 1068

Benfleet, Battle of, 894

THE BATTLE OF BENFLEET- VIKING INVASION unknown date, 894 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- BACKGROUND  Alfred had made peace with Haesten but he had broken that peace. —-oOo—- LOCATION Benfleet, Essex, England —-oOo—- ANGLO SAXONS LED BY Edward —-oOo—- VIKINGS LED BY Haesten —-oOo—- THE BATTLE Haesten had left his […]


Basing, Battle of, 871

THE BATTLE OF BASING – VIKING INVASION 22nd January 871 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- BACKGROUND  The Vikings had recently been defeated at the Battle of Ashdown. They had regrouped at Reading and prepared to fight again. —-oOo—- LOCATION Basing, Hampshire, England —-oOo—- ANGLO SAXONS LED BY Aethered I […]


Quatre Bras, Battle of, 1815

THE BATTLE OF QUATRE BRAS – NAPOLEONIC WARS 16th June 1815 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Seventh Coalition and the French Empire. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND On 15th June Napoleon had crossed the border into Belgium. The French wanted to secure the crossroads at Quatre Bras to prevent Wellington joining the Prussians led by Blucher. The French would […]

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