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    Posted: 19-Oct-2005 at 02:09
There was also the battle of Kluszyn (Klushino) 5,000-6,000 Poles against a Russian army of 35,000 including some German-Scottish mercenaries. Polish victory...though i dont know the casualty rate, does anyone? Im guessing the Poles didn't lose too much since they took Moscow shortly after that battle.
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  Quote Sarmata Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Oct-2005 at 02:20
...forgot to add also, Battle of Beresteczko, one of the biggest battles in 17th century Europe, Poles, 57,000, against a Cossack-Tatar force of about 125,000. It lasted for about 2 days. Polish Victory.
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What about Ira Drang in 1965? 395 men against 4000. 1st Battalion/7th Regiment sustained around 50 dead to the cost of around 2000 VC and NVA.

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  Quote Quetzalcoatl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Oct-2005 at 04:21
Originally posted by Mangudai

Quetzalqoatl, will you please refer to your sources? Extraordinary claims calls for extraordinary evidences...

 

what extraordinary claim you referring to. battle of patay? here you. Notice I said less than 5, less that 5 could be 1 casualty. Meaning 1 for 2000. perhaps the most one sided in the history of warfare. I don't believe that blood river claim of 0 for 3000. Someone will always die in battle.

 

http://www.xenophongroup.com/montjoie/patay.htm

 

 

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  Quote Quetzalcoatl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Oct-2005 at 04:32

 

 It's not a battle but a war. 3 million chinese vs 50,000 frenchmen. Still the war was one-sided in favour of France. there was even a case where 25,000 chinese trying to defeat 500 french soldiers unsuccessful for months, until french reinforcement arrived and scattered the chinese. 2000 french casualties was mostly from diseases.

 

Military History of France
Military History of China
Conflict Sino-French War
Date 1881-1885
Place South-east China & Northern Vietnam
Result French sovereignty over Tongking and Annam is assured
Combatants
France China
Strength
50,000 Soldiers 3 Million Soldiers
Casualties
2,100 Killed
or Wounded
10,000 Killed
or Wounded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Quote Janissary Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Oct-2005 at 17:44

Lipani,

Battle between Babur and Indian king-14000-100000

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The decisive battle of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, Tsushima Strait, readily comes to mind. The Russian Baltic Fleet was utterly annhilated, while the Japanese suffered the loss of three torpedo boats. 4800 Russians died and nearly 6000 were wounded, for Japanese casualties of 117 dead and 600 wounded.
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what a discussion ? count all this poor victims of doubtable interesst of
unconscionable tyrants, of mad generals and other despots. but count all this brave men and women that defeated their homes and famlilies against this babarian done of all those  who attacked them in the name of god or other cruel ideas.
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  Quote ulrich von hutten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Nov-2005 at 02:50
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this brave men and women that defeated their homes and famlilies against this babarian done of all those  who attacked them in the name of god or other cruel ideas.
           



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sorry , of course i meant defended not defeat .
every battle is one-sided , cause none one of the fighters can only loose.
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  Quote Sudaka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Nov-2005 at 05:12

I like to contribute whit a point thats is not been taking in consideration. Casualties in warfare information are passed for low level officers to medium ranking officers then to generals and then to goverment and the to media. After several years history books are made. In evry case the numbers get biggers. The usual reason is very common. No battle are like video games. U just cant see most of what u want to know, u rely on the information of ur subaltern officers. If im a regimental officer who wants to reach higher places and pay ,and i suffer a defeat i shure will lower my casualties and said that were confronted by an entire divition.  If im a general and i suffer a masive defeat i will declare only a part of the losses in order to kepp my job, specyally if my head is in danger. If i win a similar  case happend, I ll beat a huge savage horde, i may give any number i like whe the other side cant reach to the commom peole of my country. When we reach to historians the numbers are really far from the reality and then politics gets in the middle. I may tooks a lot of Sources to do some text, the one i choose depends in the political or  cultural intrest that i serv.

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  Quote Sudaka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Nov-2005 at 05:39

There are many cases to analize. If u see the battle of britain in wwii u will see that the losses and victories given by both size difered incredibly. Seens to be talking about differents battles.

Another example very intresting was a battle along the center group of armys in the german retried, i cannot remenber now which it was it (Fuller "WWII tactical and historical hystory"). But one official russian hystory declare that 200.000 germans dyed in that medium battle. If we keep in mind that according to english wwi stadistics in  battle, losses are 1 dead by 2 injured by 1lost in actions. Thats 1x2x1 if we have this in mind we may said that germans suffer 800.000 lost or wounded. But in a battle u dont stay till u lost all ur man. We may said that they lost a 40 % of their force. So the german army fighting should be at least 3 millions man. But in mother warfare there are at leats one non fighting man by evry one fighting. Son  thats makes 6 millions germans soldiers involved in that battle. The entire german army in russia, norway france, italy and north afrika never passed 5 millions. Well that show my point. I must apologyse my poor enghlish

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  Quote Sudaka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Nov-2005 at 05:44

I remenber a quote of a UN soldier from korean war. A journalist ask him to describe the attack of the hordes of chinese  army. He answer "How many hordes are in one plattoon?

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Us invasion of iraq durring "major Hostilities". Iraqi armor was crushed, and i have not heard of one air-to-air battle...
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Battle of Doiran 17,18,19 Sept. 1918.47000 english man and 11000 greeks death in the end.Bulgaria-500 deaths

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The Battle of Blood River (Afrikaans: sl*g van Bloedrivier; Zulu: iMpi yaseNcome) is the name given for the battle fought between 470 Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius, and an estimated 15,000–21,000 Zulu attackers on the bank of the Ncome River on 16 December 1838, in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Casualties amounted to three thousand of king Dingane's soldiers dead, including two Zulu princes competing with prince Mpande for the Zulu throne. Three Trekker commando members were lightly wounded, including Pretorius himself.

Casualty rate = 3000/0. Witch is an impossible sum to make!  That in itself is something to behold.


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The Battle of Blood River (Afrikaans: sl*g van Bloedrivier; Zulu: iMpi yaseNcome) is the name given for the battle fought between 470 Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius, and an estimated 15,000–21,000 Zulu attackers on the bank of the Ncome River on 16 December 1838, in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Casualties amounted to three thousand of king Dingane's soldiers dead, including two Zulu princes competing with prince Mpande for the Zulu throne. Three Trekker commando members were lightly wounded, including Pretorius himself.

Casualty rate = 3000/0. Witch is an impossible sum to make!  That in itself is something to behold.
 
 
Wasn't there a movie made about this?  I may be wrong, but I think Robert Redford may have been one of the major actors.
 
 
 
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  Quote Mountain Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Apr-2014 at 12:07
Originally posted by the Bulgarian

Hmm, let me see.

In WW2 there was fortres in Belgium that was suposed to be impregnable. It had a strong heavy artilery defence, but it was defenceles against an air assult - something the Germans didn't fail to notice. Nobody expected an attack fro the air, after all. The Germans managed to capture it with just 15 casualties, where as the Belguese lost much more men. I don't rememder exact numbers and which fortres it was, but I'm sure professor Komnenos would gladly enlighten us.



Germans "noticed" because the Belgians hired them to build Eban Emael.  Talk about stupid...they hired their enemies to build the fortress to defend against them.

Eban Emael had six anti-aircraft MG's, but they were clustered at the south end of the fortress.  The Belgians correctly calculated that no one could actually land on top of the fortress...until the Germans came up with a trick to drastically slow the landing distance by wrapping barbed wire around the landing skids.

Of course, the Germans also attacked without declaring war, and required major reinforcements as well as Stukas when the Belgians got one gun turret back into action. and the Belgians, once warned, chewed up the German at the nearby bridge until they ran out of ammo.  There is also the little known fact that the German assault commander never even got into the battle, or even into Belgium, although he got a medal anyway.  His glider had problems and was forced to land far away from the fortress.

However, before we take the Belgians to task for putting their faith into a fortress, we will have to take a good look at the fortresses Hitler then proceeded to build at vast expense, none of which did any better, despite Hitler and the Germans knowing better from their own experiences with Eban Emael and the Maginot Line.

Meanwhile...

Custer.  The ultimate one-sided battle.


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Originally posted by strategos

Originally posted by Paul

 

Pearl Harbour, 2,898 Amercans vs 64 Japanese.

 

Pearl harbor was not really a battle though...,




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The "poor" little red men were armed with repeating rifles; the big bad cavalry because of post war austerity were using single shot muskets.
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Couldn't have been too decisive.  Within a year or so the English were back in charge of Scotland and "Braveheart" was hung, drawn and quartered.
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