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    What's Your Favorite Germanic Battle Of All Time?

    No wars allowed, only individual battles and operations/campaigns. Name those battles you've always been interested in the most (the question is not what you think are the most important battles), just one or your personal top three or top five or whatever.

    My top ten - the amount of love hearts indicate the luv felt.

    10) Malaya/Singapore 1942
    9) Kaiserschlacht (Operation Michael) 1918
    8) Third Ypres 1917
    7) Battle of the Marne 1914
    6) Tolbiac 496
    5) The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Battle of Châlons) 451
    4) Bouvines 1214
    3) First Battle of Poitiers (Tours) 732
    2) Dieppe 1942
    1) Battle of Kwatrecht 1940
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    I never heard of any of these. I never studied Germanic battles. Are these battles taught to European children in European schools or did you study these on your own?

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    Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, Great Conspiracy, anything involving the Vandals.

    I never stopped to think about it. I know that it's the worst kind of answer, but I'll say it anyway: all of them have something interesting about them.

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    Battle of Vouillé (507)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
    I never heard of any of these. I never studied Germanic battles. Are these battles taught to European children in European schools or did you study these on your own?
    They're more or less famous battles, with the exception of the Battle of Kwatrecht - that was just a local, brief and fierce engagement in my home region during the Blitzkrieg - it was even mentioned by the German press at the time, as over 100 German soldiers died in the fighting for the fortified town of Kwatrecht. Which is why it interests me so much, it's nearby with a still recognisable battle space. My high school was part of the former battlefield and to this day there are dozens of bunkers to be found in and around the school. The German KIA were temporarily buried in the garden of the school after the battle. This battle was part of my life before I ever heard of it.





    Incidentally, my old high school became a Napola-school during WW2 after the battle, namely SS-Reichsschule Flandern. A new Flemish elite was educated by the Germans there, these students would've been the leaders of Flanders if Germany had won the war. Some of the buildings still had swastika floor tiles back in the Nineties, when I was in HS - and we all wore brown uniforms too, the students still do to this day. But that's a story for another time.

    I think the Flemish kids only ever hear of the Battle of the Marne (in passing) and Third Ypres in school. I guess Third Ypres is mentioned because it's local to Flanders and it's the biggest military confrontation ever seen over here and it's a symbol for WW1 as a whole. People around the world know that battle as "the battle of Passchendaele" - which was really just the final episode of a long, drawnout campaign known as "Third Ypres" today.

    Verdun & Market Garden ("the battle of Arnhem") fell just outside of my top ten.
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    Teutoburg Forest, hands down.

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