Top 10 Bloodiest Battles In History

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6. Cajamarca (1532)

The battle of Cajamarca practically opened the way for the Spanish Empire to claim most of the land in South America. Lead by Francesco Pizarro, less than 1,000 soldiers of the Spanish army fought against the 30,000 fighters of the Inca Empire and won. Chroniclers agree that although in significantly higher numbers, the Incas had the misfortune of seeing their leader (considered a deity) die just before Pizarro landed on the Pacific Coast. The internal struggles for power between the deceased leader’s sons have practically decided the winner of the Cajamarca battle beforehand.

 

7. Atomic bombing of Japan (1945)

The atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the first and – luckily so far – last attempts of using weapons of mass destruction armaments of this scale against another country. Despite the fact that both cities had less than 100,000 inhabitants the cloud mushroom and the overall devastation of the atomic bombs remain vivid in mankind’s consciousness. With the development of the atomic bomb, the US held military supremacy over the world for several years, until the Soviet Union discovered and started building its own atomic bombs.

 

8. Huai-Hai (1948)

The battle of Huai-Hai is considered one of the five great fights in the Chinese Civil Wars during the 1948. Part of a lengthy campaign, the Huai-Hai battle was fought between the Communist Party and the Nationalist Party. As indicated by the current geo-politics, the Chinese Communist Party killed almost half a million Nationalist Party supporters and converted the rest of the country to the doctrine that everyone is familiar with nowadays. Although many agree that China is still a passive player at the moment, the victory of the Nationalist Party could have changed world history forever.

 

9. Waterloo (1815)

It is said that you cannot mention Napoleon without your interlocutors automatically thinking of the battle of Waterloo. This fierce skirmish fought by the allied forces of Britain, Sweden, Prussia and Russia against France has practically ended the French domination across Europe and forced the self-proclaimed emperor into exile. The French loss has echoed into history and the total casualties after the battle were estimated at 26, 000 dead soldiers and an additional 9,000 captured.

 

10. Vienna (1529)

The failed attack of the Ottoman Empire on Vienna practically marked the fall of the Turks fall and the decline of their supremacy. At the same time, the unsuccessful Turkish battle against the Austrians has put an end to the advancement of the Islam domination and spread of the Muslim culture in Europe. Even though the Ottoman Empire had all the odds in its favor and an impressive army of over 300,000 soldiers, all the sultan’s plans to conquer Vienna were countered. On a side note, even the weather was on the Austrians’ side, considering that 1529 has recorded one of the wettest summers of all times.

 

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