In the almost 250 years of this nations existence, military conflict has occurred quite often. Between military actions and all out wars, our country has seen it all. Of the battles that have occurred, some have obviously been fiercer than others.
It occurred to us, why not list our top 3 fiercest battles, so we did. Here is our top 5 list for your reading pleasure. A list chosen more on emotion than any criteria, so keep that in mind.
There should be no argument that this is one of the fiercest battles in the history of this nation. Just the logistics alone to pull off this massive land sea and air battle alone are hard to imagine.
D-Day changed the tide of a war and put the balance of power in our favor. When it was over, the cost would be high but the reward was immeasurable.
D-Day or Operation Overlord began on June 6, 1944 although planning had been taking place for months. It involved over 170,000 troops transported on more than 6000 landing crafts and ships. Of those soldiers more than 10,000 would lose their lives with nearly 7000 of them being Americans.
Because of the impact of this battle, we encourage everyone to visit the D-Day memorial at least once in their lives.
2) Battle Of Gettysburg
The largest battles of the Civil War occurred at Gettysburg when General Lee sought to win a decisive victory on the North in their own territory. He led his forces north while being pursued by the Unions General Meade and his army.
The two forces would meet on July 1 1863 at Gettysburg and at the time, the Confederate forces would outnumber the Union forces nearly 2 to 1. At the end of the first day, outnumbered, the Union forces would be forced to retreat.
The forces would meet again on the second day with both sides gaining important reinforcements. Lee would begin an assault on Union forces but this time, they were able to hold strong.
Day 3 brought yet another attack by Lee, this time an aggressive one. He sent over 12000 men on a direct charge of Union forces. This would prove costly with the charge suffering an over 50 percent casualty rate.
Humiliated and defeated, Lee was allowed to retreat back into the south. He had lost nearly a third of his forces in the deadliest battle of the Civil War.
3) Battle Of Chosin
It seems that the Korean War is often overshadowed by other conflicts but the brave men who fought it would tell you that the conflicts were fierce. The fiercest was the Battle of Chosin.
At the Chosin Reservoir, US forces were on the verge of defeating North Korea when they were met with thousands of Chinese forces. They were quickly surrounded and greatly outnumbered. The only choice they would have would be to fight their way back to the coast.
The battle would last 17 days and in that time, the US forces would suffer almost 10,000 casualties with over 800 killed in action.
Mathematically the battle was a win for the US with Chinese losses estimated to be between 30,000 to 70,000 killed. Out of 10 divisions, 6 were completely wiped out.