All-Time Records in History
Remarkable performances through the
The bloodiest battle
What was the bloodiest
battle ever fought? Opinions differ. Some suggest it was the Battle
of Stalingrad, which lasted from August 1942 until February 2, 1943.
The Germans were defeated. Estimated total losses were 1,900,000
deaths: 1,100,000 Soviets and 800,000 Axis losses (Germans,
Romanians, Italians, and Hungarians.)
Against Hitler's orders, German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
surrendered to the Soviet forces with his remaining 91,000 troops.
Paulus later testified at the International Military Tribunal at
Nurnberg. The Battle of Stalingrad was a turning point in
The largest tank battle
That was the Battle of Kursk (July 5 - August 23, 1943). German
troops vs. Soviet troops in
War II. Involved were 6,000 tanks, 2
million troops and 4,000 aircraft. The Germans lost.
History's greatest military
Who was the greatest military leader
in history? It depends on whom you ask.
Hannibal thought it was
Napoleon thought it
Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne.
HIGHEST SIEGE TOWERS EVER
USED IN WAR
According to author Werner Keller, it was
Alexander the Great who
ordered the construction of some very high towers to get over the
city walls of Tyre.
Keller writes, "A drawbridge on the front of the
towers enabled a surprise attack to be made on the enemy’s walls.
They were the highest siege towers ever used in the history of war.
Each of them had twenty stories and the topmost platform towered, at
a height of over 160 feet, far above the highest city walls."
THE MOST OUTNUMBERED BATTLE
One of the most outnumbered battles ever fought was the
Battle of Thermopylae.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST
The world's largest sculpture is the one of
in South Dakota. Crazy Horse's face is a nine-story-high. The art
work was started in 1948 and is still in progress.
This is the
website of the Crazy Horse Memorial.
PREHISTORIC MAN-MADE CONSTRUCTION
... is Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, England. It's a mound
130 feet or 40 meters high. Nobody knows why people built it
but there it is. Sillbury Hill is located about 19 miles or 30
kilometers north of Stonehenge. Experts say, Silbury
Hill is 4,400 years old, which makes it even older than
They also believe that the mound originally featured a domed
top and that the top had been flattened much later.
THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN
COMPARATIVE TERRITORIAL RESOURCES
. . . in a battle ever fought is probably the
of Marathon where wee Attica took on the ruling world power,
Persian Empire - and won.
THE LARGEST REVOLUTIONARY
ARMY IN LATIN AMERICA
In his book The Life & Times of Pancho Villa, author
Friedrich Katz speculates that, "Pancho Villa's División del
Norte was probably the largest revolutionary army that Latin
America ever produced." At its peak, Villa commanded 50,000 troops.
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THE BEST SPEECH EVER
The greatest speech in history by the greatest
orator in the world was
On the Crown by
Encyclopaedia Britannica states
that this speech has been termed as such, and that's good enough for
THE LONGEST RETREAT IN
The longest retreat in U.S. military
history took place during the
Let's have the United States Military
Academy Department of History enlighten us:
November 3, 1950 - January 1951
With the U.N. forces pursuing the NLPA and
fanning at across the expanding front in
North Korea, the CCF (Chinese Communist
Forces) launched a surprise attack with over
200,000 men. This caused the longest retreat
in U.S. military history. Again Seoul fell
to the enemy."
And here is the
Korean War: November 3,
1950 - January 1951