The 20 greatest battles in British history

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The Telegraph reports that the British National Army Museum has published its shortlist of the greatest battles in British history. The public will vote, either online or at the museum, on which one is the greatest.

The battles, in chronological order:

Battle of Blenheim, August 13, 1704, at Blenheim, Bavaria (War of the Spanish Succession)

Battle of Culloden, April 16, 1746, at Drumossie Moor in Scotland (Jacobite Rebellion)

Battle of Plassey, June 23, 1757, at Plassey in West Bengal, India (Seven Years War

Battle of Quebec, June 13, 1759, outside of Quebec City in Canada (Seven Years War)

Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, at Lexington, Massachusetts (American Revolution)

Battle of Salamanca, July 22, 1812, at Salamanca, Spain (Peninsular War/Napoleonic Wars)

Battle of Waterloo, June 18, 1815, at Waterloo, Belgium (Napoleonic Wars)

Battle of Aliwal, January 28, 1846, at Aliwai in Punjab, India (First Sikh War)

Battle of Balaklava, October 25, 1854, at Balaklava, Ukraine (Crimean War)

Battle of Rorke's Drift, January 22-23, at Rorke's Drift, South Africa (Zulu War)

Gallipoli Campaign, April 25, 1915 to January 9, 1916, on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey (World War I)

Battle of the Somme, July 1 to November 18, 1916, on the Somme River in France (World War I)

Battle of Megiddo, September 19 to October 31, 1918, in Israel/Palestine, Jordan, and Syria (World War I)

Battle of El Alamein, October 23 to November 4, 1942, near El Alamein, Egypt (World War II)

Normandy Campaign, June 6 to August 25, 1944, in Normandy, France (World War II)

Imphal/Kohima Campaign, March 8 to July 3, 1944, around Manipur and Nagaland, India (World War II)

Battle of the Imjin River, April 22-25, 1951, on the Imjin River in Korea (Korean War)

Battle of Goose Green, May 28-29, 1982, on East Falkland (Falklands War)

Battle of Musa Qala, July 17 to September 12, 2006, Helmand Province, Afghanistan (War in Afghanistan)



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