What are the top 10 Battles that have defined the men and woman of the United States Armed Forces? Below are my choices and the reasons why. Please list your choices as well!
These are the top 10 Most Important Battles the United States Military has engaged in:
1)Battle of Saratoga, 1777- this battle helped to convince France to join the Revolutionary War.
2)Battle of Yorktown, 1781- this battle ended the American Revolutionary War and cemented the American Independence Movement when General Cornwallis Surrendered to George Washington.
3)Battle of New Orleans, 1814- this battle helped to prove that the United States was an independent power in the Western Hemisphere against the 19th Century Powerhouse- The British Empire.
4)Battle of Antietam, 1862- provided the first major victory for Union Forces in the Eastern Theater. This battle forced Confederate Forces to retreat back into the Confederacy.
5)Battle of Gettysburg 1863- this was the major turning point in the American Civil War. From this point on, Southern Troops would be on the major defensive against the growing number of Northern Troops.
6)Battle of Manila Bay, 1898- this battle during the Spanish American War was the pivotal point that proved to the European Powers that the United States Navy was a world class power.
7)Battle of Midway, 1942- this battle was the turning point in the Pacific Theatre against the Japanese Empire. From this point on, the Japanese Forces were on the decline.
8)Battle of Normandy, 1944- this battle was the launching pad for the end of the Nazis Fortress Europe. Without this battle, the end of World War II would have taken several more years.
9)Battle of the Bulge, 1944- this battle pitted the last desperate attempt of the Nazis War Machine against the Allied Forces liberating Europe. With over 800,000 men committed and over 19,000 killed, the Battle of the Bulge became the single biggest and bloodiest battle that American forces experienced in World War II.
10)Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945- although this may not be classified as a battle, the US Army Air Force ended WW2 and saved a possible one million soldiers from dying in the Invasion of Japan. This also catapulted the United States into the category of a Superpower.