part of a war which is well defined in duration, area and force commitment
A battle is a fight between two or more groups where each group is trying to defeat (beat) the others. Battles are most often fought during wars. A small battle fought by only a small part of the armies is called a skirmish. Series of battles are called military campaigns. The ground on which a battle is fought is called a battlefield.
Battles can very important, for example the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, which was a draw in military terms, and the 1798 Battle of the Nile which the French lost, changed the history of Europe and the world.
- 300 Spartans at Thermopylae: Battle of Thermopylae 480 BC
- Siege of Carthage: 149–146 BC
- Battle of Hastings – 1066
- Battle of Kosovo – 1389
- Battle of Waterloo – 1815
- The Battle of Trenton 1776 saved the American Revolutionary cause.
- Battle of Gettysburg – 1863
- Battle of Verdun – 1916
- Battle of the Bulge – 1944
- The firebombing of Tokyo on the night of March 9-10, 1945.
- Battle of Inchon – 1950, Korean War
- Tet Offensive – 1968, Vietnam War
- ↑ Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, ed. Barry Leonard (Department of Defense; Joint Publication 1-02), p. 52