Yes, we already know that you’ve never heard of them and that no one taught in school, but that does not mean they were not important and changed the course of history. If you do not wait to get to know…
10 Battles and little-known who changed the world
1 – The Battle of Yarmuk (636)
Yarmuk is a small city located between Syria and Palestine.
The muslim leader Khalid bin Waleed and his army withdrew to the fields outside the city and waited for the byzantines to approach them. Waleed was able to defeat the byzantines and destroy your opponents. In the following months, the arabs took over the whole Middle East and shut down the Byzantine Empire.
2 – The Battle of Valmy (1782)
After the French Revolution, Prussia tried to blatantly conquer a France weakened, but were received by the ragtag French forces at Valmy.
Despite having come out of a revolution with a governmental structure unstable and outnumbered, defeated their opponents and forced the prussians to retreat. The victory made the world take seriously this new France.
3 – The Battle of Pultowa (1709)
Sweden and Russia fought for to become the next great player in the regional power. At that time, was in Sweden, which controlled most of the north of Europe and was trying to expand to Russia.
The swedes swept powerfully Russia, but the russians did not take long to get serious and bring your game to Pultowa. The battle was quite bloody and both sides suffered massive losses. But the russians were the clear victors, and the swedes had to retreat.
4 – The battle of Emmaus (166 to.C.)
This battle took place when the jewish forces fought for control of Jerusalem, while the greeks were trying to invade it. The jewish forces tricked the invaders to think that they had fled to the mountains, but in reality they were waiting for the greeks to leave their camp, and when they did, the soldiers of Judea what they looted.
When the greeks returned, they had already taken all their supplies and weapons. This victory of the jews secured the peace for Jerusalem, and kept the foreign invaders out of their land.
5 – The battle of Lechfeld (955)
The kingdom of hungary was on the increase, and after settling in the east, moved towards Western Europe. Only accompanied by an army that was fighting for the first time.
In the Battle of Lechfeld, the germans fought against the invasion and defeated with success to the invading hungarians, preventing them from moving to Western Europe. In addition, it was the first time that the cavalry won an important battle, setting the precedent for the rest of western Europe to use cavalry instead of archers.
6 – The battle of Hastings (1066)
England played isolationism. Hidden on your island without other territories important, sat down and saw how the rest of Europe was fighting. But the normans decided to invade England with a large army, and in the battle of Hastings, he succeeded.
The victory placed a ruler foreign to the English throne for the first time, opening England to the influence of many other countries. It was the last time an army invaded with success in England.
7 – The battle of Blenheim (1704)
Louis XIV wanted to regional peace, but to do this he needed to destroy the capital of the Habsburgs. So they organized an army massive. The austrians, worried, allied with England, Rome, and Prussia in a massive “Grand Alliance”.
The French suffered huge losses and his reputation on “invincible” was destroyed. In addition, they were never able to conquer all of Europe.
8 – The Battle of Metaurus (207 to.C.)
The Punic Wars were a series of wars between the major superpowers of the world of the time, Rome and Carthage. There were three wars, and Rome won all of them.
The Battle of Metaurus was the “little” battle of the Second Punic Wars. The brother of Hannibal, Hasdrúbal, faced the roman consul, Nero. Hasdrubal brought huge reinforcements, but still lost the battle, and Nero ordered him to behead and commanded his head to the camp of Hannibal.
9 – The battle of Tsushima (1905)
Japan and Russia fought a war before the First World War. The russians wanted control of Manchuria as the japanese. The two armies met at Tsushima. In this naval battle was lat first time you used the electronic communication and resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian Navy, as well as the japanese control over Manchuria.
10 – The battle of Tours (732)
At the beginning of the sixth century, the berbers of Libya sailed to Spain and began to claim lands for the dynasty of Ummayad. It was the most serious effort on the part of muslims to take western Europe.
And they would have succeeded if it were not for Charles Martel, who led his armies to meet the muslims a few times and although it didn’t have a very good start, got the muslims to abandon their posts and began looting local villages.