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CMAdutch
04-22-2012, 02:45 PM
What are your most spectacular WW2 battles ?... i.e. Kursk, Arnhem, Cassino.. and why ?

leccy
04-22-2012, 04:02 PM
Operation Archery ~ Commando raid on Vaagso Norway - 27th Dec 1941.

The first Combined Arms (Land, Sea and Air) amphibious operation against a defended coastline by the British.

http://www.combinedops.com/vaagso.htm

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/commandos-raid-norway

@CMAdutch

By the way fairs fair, you ask but don't state your opinion, time to put your penneth in.

pdf27
04-22-2012, 04:20 PM
Battle of Barking Creek. The RAF only lost two fighters shot down, but I'm sure it would have been much worse had the Luftwaffe actually showed up...

Nickdfresh
04-22-2012, 08:30 PM
The ill advised, bloody but spectacular raid conducted on 1 August 1943 against the Romanian oil refinery at Ploiesti... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tidal_Wave)

Why? Because you had B-24 Liberator gunners shooting at a flak train!

JR*
04-23-2012, 09:49 AM
Hard to say, in large part, because "battle" can mean so many things. What about Berlin, 1945 - the Twilight of the Dogs (sorry) Gods ? Best regards, JR.

pdf27
04-23-2012, 11:47 AM
Because you had B-24 Liberator gunners shooting at a flak train!
Who won?

Nickdfresh
04-23-2012, 05:17 PM
The B-24's, sorta...

Chevan
04-24-2012, 12:39 AM
Who won?
Red Army:D We've finally got ploesti to our boots.

leccy
04-24-2012, 06:35 AM
Red Army:D We've finally got ploesti to our boots.

That was after the Romanians had changed sides and cleared the German Garrison from the area though I believe (or was I wrongly informed)?.

Chevan
04-27-2012, 01:07 AM
That was after the Romanians had changed sides and cleared the German Garrison from the area though I believe (or was I wrongly informed)?.
Yes, it was just right after the king Mihael has became the best Soviet friend.

leccy
04-27-2012, 06:17 AM
Yes, it was just right after the king Mihael has became the best Soviet friend.

king Michael becoming a friend was then shortly followed by him not being a friend? can't have a good communist who is a monarchist lol.

downwithpeace
04-27-2012, 12:57 PM
The ill advised, bloody but spectacular raid conducted on 1 August 1943 against the Romanian oil refinery at Ploiesti... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tidal_Wave)

Why? Because you had B-24 Liberator gunners shooting at a flak train!

There was a good documentary on BBC (I think it was BBC) about that, must have been some sight given how low the planes were flying.

Not really the most spectacular but the Battle of the Atlantic was spectacular in size and the lengths both sides went to to secure their goals.

Churchill
04-27-2012, 02:19 PM
How about Singapore? Oh, wait this is spectacular battles... hm...

El Alamein, first or second. As Churchill said, it was the end of the beginning.

colmhain
05-02-2012, 02:43 AM
Do you mean spectacular as in "visualy appealing", generically as in "epically awsome", or do you mean simply our favorites?
I'm partial to the raid of the prison camp at Cabanatuan. Something like 500 POWs were rescued by U.S. Army Rangers and Phillipine Guerillas in the nick of time before being executed by retreating Japanese soldiers. All prisoners made it out with minimal casualties for the Americans and Phillipinos. There was no strategic value to the raid. Nobody really even knew about what was happening, it was just about doing the right thing. And, THEY KICKED ***! HOOAH!

imi
05-03-2012, 12:49 PM
My favourites
The Siege of Leningrad: 8 September 1941 27 January 1944 (871 days)
The Finnish Winter War: 30 November 1939 13 March 1940
The Siege of Stalingrad: 23 August 1942 2 February 1943
The Battle of Kursk: German offensive phase: 5 16 July 1943 - Soviet offensive phase: 12 July 23 August 1943
The Siege of Budapest: 29 December 1944 - 13 February 1945

mtclimber
06-25-2012, 10:48 PM
New to the forum. I've always had more of an interest in the European war, but lately have become fascinated with Iwo Jima. Tough to find a more intense battle that the US participated in. 30000 Marines on the ground and 23000 casualties. Thats tough. Imagine if Kuribayashi had been in charge of fortifying the Atlantic Wall.

383man
06-27-2012, 02:16 AM
What about the battle of Leyte Gulf ? Largest naval battle ever fought and the Japanese navy was basically done as a fighting force after Leyte Gulf. There really is alot to choose from as I guess it depends alot on how you look at the battles. I mean you have the size , how long , how bloody and so on. I can think of many others including ground , sea and air battles. Ron

Jklwnhas
07-18-2012, 05:54 AM
Hi everybody,
The battle of Bannockburn was undoubtedly of one of the most spectacular battles of the Scottish Wars of Independence.

flamethrowerguy
07-18-2012, 06:00 AM
Hi everybody,
The battle of Bannockburn was undoubtedly of one of the most spectacular battles of the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Certainly, however this thread is part of the "General WWII Discussion" forum, spammer.

JR*
07-18-2012, 07:14 AM
Someone mentioned the "visual appeal" (if that is the proper term) of a battle. In those terms - of spectacular visual display - a case can be made for the Battle of Britain, that provided the population of SE England with a daily (and deadly) air show for weeks during the Autumn of 1940. Even when the Battle had petered out, it still provided some "entertainment". A "Punch" magazine from September 1940 features a stranger asking a local farmer for directions - "Eglantine Cottage ? Go down the lane past the Messerschmitt, bear left and keep on past the two Dorniers, then turn sharp right and it's just past the first Junkers." is the response.

Oh by the way - as to Bannockburn, from anything I have read, this was not so much spectacular, as a brilliantly planned mess into which Robert Bruce dropped the English. Oh ... I suppose I should not have mentioned that. Does it get me banned ? Best regards, JR.

Nickdfresh
07-18-2012, 11:06 AM
I think you'll not be`banned, JR*. :)

flamethrowerguy
07-18-2012, 11:50 AM
Oh by the way - as to Bannockburn, from anything I have read, this was not so much spectacular, as a brilliantly planned mess into which Robert Bruce dropped the English. Oh ... I suppose I should not have mentioned that. Does it get me banned ? Best regards, JR.

If I were English maybe...or you'd steal some lines from here too to increase your post count:
http://www.braveheart.co.uk/macbrave/history/bruce/bannock.htm

pdf27
07-18-2012, 03:55 PM
Besides, Scottish independence is a great deal more popular in England than in Scotland ;)

leccy
07-18-2012, 04:23 PM
Besides, Scottish independence is a great deal more popular in England than in Scotland ;)

Very true

Nickdfresh
07-18-2012, 05:13 PM
I can't keep up with all the new (old) flags for the golfers and footballers... :confused:

thefw190fan
07-29-2012, 03:15 PM
My favorites:
Battle of Berlin. Battle of Berlin is great because you have two sides who viciously hate each other fighting for the end. On one side, fanatic Nazis willing to die for their country. On the other, Soviets troops who have been traveling thousands of miles to crush their nemesis once and for all. Pretty intense if you ask me.

Battle of Monte Cassino. The first and in my opinion, the most difficult battle the Western allies ever faced against Germany. Despite being outnumbered, the Germans put one hell of a fight. Not only was the fighting hard but so was the terrain and weather.

Battle of Moscow. Talk about weather. The Russians had lost literally millions of soldiers in Operation Barbarossa. Now they were faced with protecting their capital and barely had a million troops for defense. They were faced with an enemy that had a superior air force and was very skilled. But the weather, fresh Siberian troops, new weapons (t-34), inspiring speech by Stalin, and the advantage of surprise made it possible for victory.

nikkoo
07-31-2012, 06:19 PM
The Battle of Barking Creek

JR*
08-02-2012, 10:54 AM
Er ... nikkoo ... the Battle of Barking Creek ? That is to say, the September, 1939 RAF "friendly fire" fiasco, in which Fighter Command managed to shoot down two of their own, with one fatality (the first RAF fighter pilot killed in WW2) ? Are you trying to get Banned ? Yours curiously, JR.

Nickdfresh
08-02-2012, 11:21 AM
LOL^^

I was going to say that I was surprised no one mentioned the massive Battle of Kursk! To view the battlefield must have been apocalyptic for the soldiers there listing into the maelstrom. But Imi cheated and put it in his list... :)

I think the the U.S. Army Rangers scaling Pointe Du Hoc qualifies as a spectacular battle in a daredevil sense of rappelling up a cliff while the Heer soldiers shoot and roll grenades down on you...

383man
08-14-2012, 11:27 AM
Do you mean spectacular as in "visualy appealing", generically as in "epically awsome", or do you mean simply our favorites?
I'm partial to the raid of the prison camp at Cabanatuan. Something like 500 POWs were rescued by U.S. Army Rangers and Phillipine Guerillas in the nick of time before being executed by retreating Japanese soldiers. All prisoners made it out with minimal casualties for the Americans and Phillipinos. There was no strategic value to the raid. Nobody really even knew about what was happening, it was just about doing the right thing. And, THEY KICKED ***! HOOAH!

Yes that was an awesome mission. Saving lives and not taking them and it was the right thing to do.

I like the Battle of the Philpine sea where the US Navy fighters mostly F6F Hellcats just destroyed the Japanese planes. The US fighters shot down around 300 Japanese planes and lost less then 20. The US airmen actually called it a Turkey Shoot ! Ron

pdf27
08-14-2012, 11:51 AM
Er ... nikkoo ... the Battle of Barking Creek ? That is to say, the September, 1939 RAF "friendly fire" fiasco, in which Fighter Command managed to shoot down two of their own, with one fatality (the first RAF fighter pilot killed in WW2) ? Are you trying to get Banned ? Yours curiously, JR.Err... see post #3 - I think he's safe ;)

Nickdfresh
08-14-2012, 12:44 PM
Reminds me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3WtulyPyI

gumalangi
08-20-2012, 11:18 PM
"Hi everybody,
The battle of Bannockburn was undoubtedly of one of the most spectacular battles of the Scottish Wars of Independence."
this one is cute :),. i preffer the battle of Hattin,. lols,. lets stop the spam,.

The battle of Alam el halfa :),.