Those Top Ten Battles Of All Time

The weekend and my thoughts turn to history…..

Battles win wars…..battles define the direction of a nation….there are special battles that influenced history in so many ways.

This is one person ideas of the greatest battles of history…..

Battles win wars, topple thrones, and redraw borders. Every age of human history has experienced battles that have been instrumental in molding the future. Battles influence the spread of culture, civilization, and religious dogma. They introduce weapons, tactics, and leaders who dominate future conflicts. Some battles have even been influential not for their direct results, but for the impact of their propaganda on public opinion.

The following list is not a ranking of decisive engagements, but rather a ranking of battles according to their influence on history. Each narrative details location, participants, and leaders of the battle, and also provides commentary on who won, who lost, and why. Narratives also evaluate each battle’s influence on the outcome of its war and the impact on the victors and losers.

While as a student of conflict I agree with his choices….somewhat……but I have another list or maybe some add ons…..I think the list should have included other history changing battles…..

My thoughts on the expansion are as follows…..

The Battle of Cannae…..was a major battle of the Second Punic War, taking place on August 2, 216 BC near the town of Cannae in Apulia in southeast Italy. The Carthaginian army under Hannibal destroyed a numerically superior Roman army under command of the consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro. Following the Battle of Cannae, Capua and several other Italian city-states defected from the Roman Republic. Although the battle failed to decide the outcome of the war in favor of Carthage, it is today regarded as one of the greatest tactical feats in military history.

This defeat egged on the Romans to expand their empire and influence throughout the ancient world.

The Battle of Teutoburg Forest–At the Battle of Teutoburg Forest (aka Battle of Varus), c. 9 CE, a combined force of Germans annihilated a Roman army consisting of three legions including three squadrons of cavalry and six cohorts of auxiliary troops. As some soldiers must have been left behind to defend summer camps, the army probably held 10,000 to 15,000 men or roughly 8 to10 % of the total Roman army. The sources do not mention the size of the German army at the famous battle. Based on the size of the catchment area, and the fact that Arminius, leader of the German forces, was not able to recruit all chieftains, it is likely that the Germans were heavily outnumbered, perhaps 1:2.

This battle stop the spread of the Roman Empire into the Germania homeland…and the Empire started its downward spiral for they were seen as not as powerful as they pretended.

 Then the spread of the Mongels Eastward brought about a defeat that ended their expansion……..September 3rd, 1260, the two sides numbering 20,000 men each met in battle in Ain Jalut. The Mongols were the first to strike. The Mamluks had a clear advantage because they knew the terrain very well, and Qutuz used that fully to his advantage. The strategy was actually laid out by Baibars because he had spent the most time in the region. Qutuz hid most of his forces in the highlands, and Baibars fought the Mongols with hit and run tactics in an attempt to bait them out.

Although they managed to launch a successful counterattack, the Mongol army did not have the numbers to sustain the battle, and soon the entire army including their commander was completely annihilated. This was the first time in history that someone had managed to defeat the Mongols in close quarters combat.

Then there is Dien Bien Phu…..The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was fought from March 13 to May 7, 1954, and was the decisive engagement of the First Indochina War (1946-1954), the precursor to the Vietnam War. In 1954, French forces in French Indochina sought to cut the Viet Minh’s supply lines to Laos. To accomplish this, a large fortified base was constructed at Dien Bien Phu in northwest Vietnam. It was hoped that the presence of the base would draw the Viet Minh into a pitched battle where superior French firepower could destroy its army. 

Dien Bien Phu was the decisive battle of the First Indochina War. It ended with victory to the Viet Minh, the surrender of French colonial forces and eventually, the withdrawal of the French from Vietnam

This is important because with the French withdrawal from Vietnam it opened the door for the US to step into the pile of manure in its second longest war.

My thought… do you have any to add?

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Sunday Observations

AS the weekend begins and I stand down from the news of the day….I would like to offer some observations……

Bars and eateries are non-smoking because second hand smoke could be hazardous to your health…..but yet something as infectious as Covid it is perfectly okay to go unprotected and possibly expose people to the virus. Where is that commonsense?

Do eggplants have a gender?


How much is spent every year on those people that are determined to stop that aging clock?

Sorry to say that is money pissed away…..

You can stop looking for the fountain of youth now. It does not exist, according to new research, which finds it’s likely impossible to slow the rate of aging due to biological constraints. While that might seem like a foregone conclusion, an unprecedented study brought together scientists from 42 institutions in 14 countries to test the theory that species face a relatively fixed rate of aging from adulthood. This involved monitoring 30 species of primates over decades so their lifespans could be compared to those of humans. The same general pattern of mortality—a high risk of death in infancy, followed by a rapid decline into early adulthood, then a constant rise with advanced age—appeared across populations of gorillas, baboons, chimpanzees, and guenons in the wild and in zoos, as well as modern and historical human populations, including hunter-gatherers, per the Guardian.

This suggests that “rather than slowing down death, more people are living much longer due to a reduction in mortality at younger ages,” Oxford University researcher José Manuel Aburto says in a release. He notes life expectancy in 17th-century Europe was low because many people died young. “More people get to live much longer now,” thanks to “medical, social, and environmental improvements.” But “the trajectory towards death in old age has not changed.” Indeed, “this study suggests evolutionally biology trumps everything.” Basically “human death is inevitable … no matter how many vitamins we take, how healthy our environment is or how much we exercise,” co-lead author Fernando Colchero of the University of Southern Denmark says in another release. He leaves a little hope for those aiming to live forever, though, noting scientific advances might yet achieve “what evolution could not.”

This should go into the “Can’t Fix Stupid” file….

Of course one of the biggest stupids is FOX’s lead moron, Tucker Carlson…..seems he found a new piece of crap to d a freak out on air…..the shrinking of our children……

Tucker Carlson is freaking out about something a professor said at a conference five years ago, as Tucker Carlson is prone to do. He also used those remarks to insinuate they’re about the future scientists want despite that being false, as Tucker Carlson is prone to do.

In a segment on Tuesday night, the Fox News host played a clip of Matthew Liao, a bioethicist at New York University, speaking at the 2016 World Science Festival. In it, Liao discusses using forms of what he calls “human engineering”—or genetic modification—to curb the climate crisis. The ideas are bad, but they’re utterly fringe. Activists are clamoring for transforming society, not individual humans. You’d never know that from watching the segment, though.

In another clip from the 2016 conference, Liao said that since it takes more energy to transport large people than small ones, we could use human engineering to make people have smaller children. At this suggestion, Carlson went wild.

I cannot let One America Network off the hook….they belong in the “Can’t Fix Stupid” file as swell….

OAN’s Pearson Sharp called for the execution of any “traitor” involved with what he described as a “carrying out a coup against the presidency.”

Sharp opened the essay by claiming “the simple facts point to massive and widespread problems with voting integrity,” suggesting of course that former President Donald Trump lost the election to President Joe Biden solely due to alleged widespread voter fraud. He did not.

This is a baseless and dangerous lie, of course, as Republican and Trump-appointed judges have found no such evidence in dozens of court cases last year, and former Attorney General Bill Barr said that the Justice Department found no evidence either.

OAN Host Calls For Execution of Thousands Who Stole Election From Trump in Shocking Video

Not to worry here is more stupid to be had……

This time it is a senator from Oklahoma on the possibility of statehood for DC…..

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) does not want the District of Columbia to become a state, no he does not! And in a hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday, he laid out his very sound logic on why it’s perfectly reasonable for the 689,000 people who live in the District to go without meaningful representation in Congress. Basically, it boils down to “DC has never had representation in Congress, so that’s how it goes.”

But the details get pretty darn goofy, particularly when Lankford starts talking about the people who actually live in DC. He seems to think maybe they’re all lobbyists, legislators, journalists, and others who “move to” DC, so they know what they’re in for.

Then he moved on to the dubious claim that the founders absolutely never intended the federal district to become a state, insisting the original intent was that the “federal government does not exist under the authority of any state, or try to interact with the state,” which seems to ignore that there actually is a pretty sizeable population there, somehow.

He also noted that DC isn’t even big enough to be a state, and that it’s “literally one-tenth of the size of my hometown of Oklahoma City, which is a fun little distortion. He must mean land area, since METRO Oklahoma City’s population — you know, including the suburbs — was 989,000 in 2020, just 300,000 people more than live in DC. (The city itself is more like 669,000.) So by that standard, perhaps both Dakotas, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming should lose representation.

DAMN!  The “Can’t Fix Stupid” file just keeps expanding…..