part of a war which is well defined in duration, area and force commitment
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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, military campaigns, or two or more people fighting. If two armies fight many battles over period of time it is called a war. The ground on which a battle is fought is called a battlefield.[1]

The Battle of Waterloo

Battles can very important, for example the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, which was a draw in military terms, changed the history of the Balkans, Europe, and the entire world. The outcome changed Ottoman politics and had influence in the region for well over 500 years.

Famous battlesEdit

Land battlesEdit

Naval battlesEdit


  1. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, ed. Barry Leonard (Department of Defense; Joint Publication 1-02), p. 52