A list of the bloodiest battles in history I will sort them by time.It must be noted that battles have become increasingly cruel over time, for the simple reason that the technological progress of killing has become more and more simplified.
- The Battle of Cannae (216 BC, Second Punic War)
Hannibal’s greatest triumph and one of Rome’s worst defeats, this battle in which the Carthaginian army surrounded and completely destroyed a Roman force of nearly 100,000 soldiers.
The Romans were said to have been surrounded and so tightly squeezed that they could not even raise their swords to defend them, while they were slaughtered in their tens of thousands.
2.Battle of the Kalka – (1223).
One of the first flavors that Europe received from the power of the Mongolian war machine (yes, they were more than a rabid horde of horse archers – their level of military organization and discipline was unsurpassed for centuries).
About 80,000 united forces of various Russian princes fought against 30,000 Mongols, but surrendered and were all executed, including their leaders. The Russians lost more than 10,000 soldiers, the losses of the Mongols are still unknown.
3.Battle of Tumu – (1449).
A young Ming emperor under the control of the palace of Eunuch sat decided that it was a good idea to lead a massive and unruly force of half a million soldiers into the Mongolian steppe.
This force included huge numbers of camp trailers (cooks, launderers, families, various civilians) and bureaucrats. They caused chaos because uneducated civilians saw the Mongolian horde for the first time, leading to the slaughter of possibly hundreds of thousands when the morale of the “army” collapsed. Almost half of the Ming force was reportedly destroyed.
4.Battle of Borodino – (1812).
The fighting involved some 250,000 soldiers and claimed at least 70,000 lives, making Borodino the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars.
On the bloodiest day of the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars to date, hundreds of thousands of soldiers from France and Russia faced each other deep in the heartland of imperial Russia. It was a long day of shooting, artillery fire and, above all, bayonet attacks, as was the preferred tactic of both militaries at the time. Both sides suffered heavy losses, but the French eventually crushed their enemy, killed their general, and secured victory.
5.The Gallipoli Campaign (1916, World War I).
The battle was to bring a decisive victory against the Ottoman Empire.
They wanted to land on the Gallipoli peninsula and move on to Istanbul. However, the Ottomans were in a better position than the Allies had hoped. 455,000 Britons faced 70,000 French and 50,000 Australians faced 315,000 Ottomans. Both sides fought each other for almost a year, resulting in a total of 100,000 dead and 300,000 wounded.
6.Battle of Verdun (1916, World War I).
Since the Germans were in a trench war on the Western Front and neither side could advance, the German high command came up with an idea.
They concentrated their strength on one point in the French defence. This would put so much pressure on the French that they would pray the British and the Russians to launch offensives as well. (Result Brussilov Offensive, Battle of the Somme) With this in mind, the Germans hoped that the British and Russians would lose their forces against German defense.Thus, one should be able to move forward quickly. Verdun, however, became a slaughterhouse, killing more than 700,000 people.
7.Battle of the Somme (1916, World War I).
As mentioned above, this was the reaction to the attack on Verdun that the Germans had expected.
To take the pressure off the French, the British decided to march with about 2.5 million soldiers against almost half as many Germans. More than 600,000 Allied soldiers were killed in the offensive. The German reported 300,000 deaths, however, is estimated at about 450,000.
8.The Brussilov Offensive (1916, World War I).
The Russian “counterpart” to the Battle of the Somme, only that this time Austria-Hungary was an important participant.
There were 1,732,000 Russian 1,061,000 Austrian and German soldiers. (The Germans did not join until the battle.) Initially, the K. u K. army could not withstand the Russians. In the first 4 days alone, they lost 200,000 soldiers. With the help of the German Army, the situation could be brought under control. The Russians eventually won the Pyrrhic, losing up to a million men. The Central Powers in about 700,000.
9.The Battle of Stalingrad (1942, World War II).
This battle resulted from the Nazis’ plan to take over the city in order to extract precious oil from the Caucasus.
However, it resulted in the deaths of 850,000 German soldiers and 1 million Soviets. Many civilians in the city also died in the battle.
10.The Siege of Leningrad (1942 – 1944, Second World War).
In this battle, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany fought against each other.
This battle lasted 2 years, 4 months, 2 weeks and 5 days. The worst aspect of this battle, apart from the large number of victims, was unbridled cannibalism. The Soviets were hardly able to supply the city’s 4 million citizens. For many, cannibalism was the only way to get food. So every day on the street became a struggle for survival.