Against all odds: Famous battles against the odds.
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This is a geeklist of famous last stands and or fights against the odds.

Battles where a small few that while usually dying in the end, held out for lonoger than would of been expected or won outright where the odds were so far against them



I will start with a few of my favorites. There are plenty more but these are the ones that come to my head when I think on the topic. Please feel free to add more.
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1. Board Game: 300: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:10441]
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The Battle of Thermopylae "hot gates"

This and the Alamo are the most known Last stand battles, thanks mainly to movies and TV shows.

Who: The Greeks, led by 300 heavy infantry from the city state of Sparta but also Thespians and Thebens and others (mostly light infantry), all togeather probably about 1000 - 7000 fighters Vs. Persia consisiting of anywhere between 70 - 300,000 troops

When: 480 BC

Where: Pass at Thermopylae, NE Greece, The pass no longer exists as an earthquake much later destroyed the pass and is now an open plain.

How long did the hold: 3 days

Why: This was the invasion of Greece by the emperor Xerxes to conquer greece and avenge his fathers defeats years earlier (Battle of Marathon).

The troops led Lyonidas of Sparta were sent to the pass in order to buy time for the united greek city states to assemble there armies to defend there homeland and even more important defend the supply line of the primarily Athenian Navy so they could fight another last stand type battle at sea( Battle of Salamis). The Spartans held until they were betrayed and outflanked.

Casualties: Greeks, almost all, Persians: 4-10 thousand.

Why it mattered: Gave the Greeks breathing room to enable the victories at Salamis and Platae
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The Battle of Salamis:
These days Thermopylea gets all the press but this and Platae are the battles that decided the war.

Who: approx 400 Greek ships mainly Athenian Vs. Approximatly 1000 + Persian ships

When: 480 BC

Where Between mainland Greece and Salamis, an island in the Saronic Gulf near Athens

How long: One day

Why: This was the invasion of Greece by the emperor Xerxes to conquer greece and avenge his fathers defeats years earlier (Battle of Marathon).

How: The Persian fleet was led, in some accounts by a trick of an "escaped" slave telling the persians that there was infighting among the greeks and they were unprepared, into a small channel, that allowed the numerically inferior greeks to fight on a smaller front.

Casualties: 40 Greek ships vs. 200–300 Persian ships

Winner: Greeks

Why it matters: Saved the western world, by cutting the supply lines to the persian army this battle made Platae almost inevitable.
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The Siege of Malta

Who: Order of Saint Johns, about 7,500 Knights Vs. The Ottoman Empire, 200,000 men and 400 ships.

When 1565

Where: The fortress of St. Michael and St Elmo. On the Island of Malta

How long did the hold: 4 months.

Why: The Knights of St. John, also known as the Knights Hospitilars, had been stiring up the locals in causing trouble for the Ottoman empire in the eastern Med had been forcefully removed from Rhodes,another fight against the odds, about 40 years earlier and had been gifted the Island of Malta by charles the king of spain, more as a way to keep them as far away from his empire as he could than any benign christian piety I might add and once on Malta promptly became very successfull pirates preying almost exclusivly on the ottoman empire. This caused Sulieman the Magnificient to decide to end them once in for all.

Who won: The Knights, Primarily due to the bickering and political manuevering between the 3 people in charge of the Ottoman forces.

Why it matters: This victory and Lapanto and Vienna, are seen as the checking of the ottoman empires expansion and the saving of western civilization.
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The Battle of Myeongnyang

Who: 13 Korean ships vs 133 Japanese ships

When 1597

Where: Myeongnyang Strait, near Jindo Island, Korea

Why: The Japenese invaded Korea in order to gain control of it, It was held off at sea by Admiral Yi until due to internal intrigue Admiral Yi Sunsin was impeached and almost put to death. Yi was instead tortured and demoted to the rank of a common soldier. Yi's rival, Admiral Won Gyun, took command of the Joseon fleet, which under Yi's careful management had grown from 63 heavy warships to 166.

Won Gyun was an incompetent military commander who immediately began squandering the Joseon Navy's strength through ill-conceived maneuvers against the Japanese naval base at Pusan. In the Battle of Chilchonryang, the Japanese navy, with Todo Takatora in overall command, outmaneuvered the Korean navy and virtually wiped it out. Soon afterwards, the Japanese reinforced their garrisons in Pusan and various forts in the southern coast of Korea, and began the second invasion.

With the Joseon Navy taken out of the scene, the Japanese believed that they now had access to the Yellow Sea and could resupply their troops through this sea route as they advanced northward.

Admiral Yi was reinstated in a last ditch bid to stay alive and with the remainng 13 ships in the korean navy he fought in won the battle by tricking the Japanes navy in to a small confined straight were there numbers were a hinderance instead of help.

Casualties: Korea: 0 ships 3 killed 2 wounded, Japanese: 31 ships destroyed.

Why it matters; Saved Korea from conquest.
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The Battle of the Alamo
For Americans and especially Texans the most famous last stand in history recreated countless times in movies and TV shows

Who: Republic of Texas: 189 men, Empire of Mexico: 1,800

When: 1836

Where: What is now San Antonio Texas,Souther U.S

How long did they hold: 13 days

Why: A battle fought in the Texas Revelotion against Mexico, It is remembered mainly as a gallant stand against all odds fought by some superstars of the era including James Bowie and Davy Crocket, and as a rally cry for the armies of the Texan Republic. "Remember the Alamo!"

Casualties: 189 "Texans", Approx 600 Mexicans.

Why it mattered: As a Texan this kills me to say but to be honest it really didnt. It did stand as a motivating factor for the ongoing war, but it was a battle that didnt need to be fought. The bravery of the men holding out in the mission is unquestionable there reasoning for staying is.
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The Battle of Camaron

Who: French Foreign Legion 3 officers 62 soldiers Vs. The Army of Mexico 800 Calvary, 2,200 infantry

When: 1863

Where: Hacienda Camarón, in Camarón de Tejeda, Veracruz, Mexico

How long did the hold: 1 day

Why: A small infantry patrol, led by Captain Jean Danjou and Lieutenants Clément Maudet and Jean Vilain, numbering just 65 men was attacked and besieged by a force that may have eventually reached 3,000 Mexican infantry and cavalry, and was forced to make a defensive stand at the nearby Hacienda Camarón

From Wikipedia: On 30 April, at 01:00, the 3rd company — 62 soldiers and three officers — was en route. At 07:00, after a 15-mile (24.1 kilometer) march, they stopped at Palo Verde to rest and "prepare the coffee".[citation needed] Soon after, a Mexican Army force of 800 horsemen was sighted. Captain Danjou ordered the company take up a square formation, and, though retreating, he rebuffed several cavalry charges, inflicting the first heavy losses on the Mexicans that suffered from long-range rifle fire.

Seeking a more defensible position, Danjou made a stand at the nearby Hacienda Camarón, an inn protected by a 3-meter-high (9.8 feet) wall. His plan was to occupy Mexican forces to prevent attacks against the nearby convoy. While his legionnaires prepared to defend the inn, the Mexican commander, Colonel Francisco de Paula Milán demanded that Danjou and soldiers surrender, noting the Mexican Army's numeric superiority. Danjou replied: "We have munitions. We will not surrender."[citation needed] He and his men then swore to fight to the death.

At around 11:00. the size of the Mexican force were increased in size by the arrival of 2,200 infantrymen. The Hacienda came under fire and the French had lost all water early in the morning when pack mules were lost during the retreat. At midday, Captain Danjou was shot in the chest and died; his soldiers continued fighting under the command of Vilain, who held for four hours before falling during an assault.

At 17:00. only 12 Legionnaires remained around under the command of Maudet. By 18:00, with ammunition exhausted, the last of Danjou's soldiers, numbering only five under the command of Lt. Maudet, desperately mounted a bayonet charge. Two men died outright, while the rest continued the assault. The tiny group was surrounded. A Belgian Legionnaire, Victor Catteau, leapt in front of Lt. Maudet in an effort to protect him from the Mexican guns when they were leveled at him but died in vain, as both he and Lt. Maudet were hit in the barrage.

Colonel Milán, commander of the Mexicans managed to prevent his men from executing the two surviving legionnaires. When they were asked to surrender, they insisted that they should be allowed safe passage home, to keep their arms, and to escort the body of Captain Danjou, to which Milán commented "What can I refuse to such men? No, these are not men, they are devils", and agreed to these terms

Casualties: French: 43 killed 19 captured, Mexico 190 killed, 300+ wounded.

Why it mattered: Ths battled came to define the foriegn legion and how it should conduct itself.
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7. Board Game: The Defense of Rorke's Drift [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:8343]
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22–23 January 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu wars.

After a crushing defeat at Isandlwana the Redcoats and colonial irregulars showed their mettle with c. 150 men taking on 3,000-4,000 Zulus. After two days of bitter fighting the Zulus were forced to withdraw.

11 Victoria Crosses were awarded; the 2nd/24th Foot received 7 - more than any other unit in a single battle - in the history of the honour.

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8. Board Game: Remember Gordon! The Battle of Omdurman [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:12477]
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The Siege of Khartoum (in Sudan)

7000 British & Egyptians versus 50,000 Mahdist rebels

13th March, 1884 – 26th January, 1885

General Gordon was sent to Khartoum to manage it's evacuation but, instead, started to organise it's defense. Relations between a pacifist British government and the more pragmatic Gordon broke down and he ultimately refused to leave the city saying he was honour bound to remain.

When Mahdist warriors finally broke into the governor's palace, Gordon came out in full uniform, and, after disdaining to fight, he was speared to death. British and Egyptian troops surviving - none!

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He did not save the country from invasion or disaster, but among the British heroes of all ages, there is perhaps no other who stands out so prominently as an individualist, a man ready to die for his principles. Here was one man among men who did not do what he was told, but what he believed to be right. In a world moving inexorably towards conformity, it would be well to remember Gordon of Khartoum.
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The battle of Montgisard, wherein a Kingdom of Jerusalem force
of under 400 knights (plus retainers), commanded by a 16 year old leperous king,
defeated a force estimated at 10,000, commanded by none other than Saladin.

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The battle of Cerami, 1063 AD, wherein Roger I of Sicily and a force
of some 130 knights supposedly inflicted over 15,000 casualties.
Figures are suspect (as is St. George's appearance on the field),
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an important battle, securing Southern Italy for the Normans.
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Narva. Charles XII of Sweden, with some 8,000 men defeated Peter
the Great leading an army of 35,000. More than that, he took 20,000
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Peter gets his revenge later at Poltava.
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Muret. Simon de Montfort's force of 1600 (900 knights) sallies from
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Watling Street. Paulinus' legions (numbering about 10,000), destroyed
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Celts, but the latter number likely includes non-combatants. Had to be
one heck of an army though, to take those loses.
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Okehazama. Oda Nobunaga's force of less than 2,000 takes on an Imagawa
army of 25,000, using various stratagems which ensured surprise. In
two hours, he was victorious and well on his way to ruling the country.
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Mauvila. Hernando de Soto's small force (under 1,000 men) came up
to a fortified location under Tuscaloosa, perhaps holding a large army.
De Soto was essentially ambushed during negotiations, yet managed to
clear the city - an estimated 2,500 up to 11,000 natives dead (not all
soldiers).
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Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

Who: 83 Americans led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold vs. the British fort of Ticonderoga

When: May 10, 1775

Where: Upstate New York

Attacking at night and using the element of surprise, the Americans captured the fort without a single death on either side. The only injury was an American who was slightly wounded by a bayonet.
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The NVA made its biggest gamble of the war, throwing it most of its forces and the VietCong into a holiday assault of South Vietnam. During the offensive over 10,000 regular troops seized and fortified the former capital, Hue, and the nation's cultural heart.

The Americans, due to confused lines of communication, sent only about 200 Marines to take the city back. They were hamstrung not just by the enemy's numbers but by the High Command's orders to not damage the city. Once a local American commander realized what was happening he sent an additional 200 or so men that he could spare. He also received permission to engage the enemy without care of the damage done. It took these 400 Marines about 3-4 days to rout the NVA, slaughtering large numbers despite almost every one of them taking serious damage.

This seemed typical of Tet: the NVA coming in and causing casualties due to their surprise, but taking losses at the rate of over 12:1. It did, however, serve as the beginning of the end of the American presence in IndoChina.

Why it matters: The South Vietnamese wound up slaves of the North. The US suffered its first defeat in a war, and led to a cultural upheaval. The new nation of Vietnam took almost 30 years to recover from the heavy loss of population due in large part to highly trained, well-armed American troops (not counting Tet, the VietCong & NVA losses exceeded 10:1 versus the South & its American allies).
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18. Board Game: Caesar: Epic Battle of Alesia [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2600]
Board Game: Caesar: Epic Battle of Alesia
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Gauis Julius Caesar was appointed governor of Gaul, which during his initial appointment consisted of what today is southern France. He was to secure the roads to Iberia and make alliances with the tribes north of his territory. Caesar, being a highly ambitious man, realized that this would only end in his being a "common" Senator when he returned. He needed to cover himself in glory if he were to become a Procouncil.

He took his legions north, making allies and accepting supplication (and a hefty amount of personal wealth) from the various tribes. A few refused and Caesar chose to give them a lesson by destroying their crops near the harvest season. As he was returning to his home base, various tribes chose to revolt. Led by a charismatic Celt called Vercingetorix, whose tribe had given Caesar homage, they harassed the legions with hit-and-run tactics and denied them access to supply lines. Caesar was forced to turned around and deal with the upstarts, lest he appear weak to the Roman populace. Vercingetorix was counting on this.

While the Celt warriors harassed the legions, the non-combatants gathered food and supplies, all the while destroying their croplands so as to deny the Romans any food. This, they figured, would be a prelude to destroying Caesar's armies once and for all.

Caesar pursued Vercingetorix to a hill-fort town called Alesia. Here the forces were about even, at between 40,000-50,000 each. The Romans put the town under siege, building breastworks and palisades to prevent any resupply. The Romans had long memories and did not intend to suffer yet another ignominious defeat at the hands of the Celts, who some 350 years earlier had sacked the Eternal City.

Most of the other Celt tribes gathered forces to relieve Alesia, with numbers ranging from between 200,000 to half a million warriors. They would crush Caesar on the walls of the hill-fort.

Caesar learned about the assault. His men had about 2 weeks to prepare. They built breastworks, towers, palisades and traps on the opposite side of their original lines. They were now holding a doughnut-shaped fortress against assaults from both sides and against forces at least 5 times their number.

The Celts tried every tactic they could think of to breach the walls. They almost succeeded several times, and once Caesar himself led the defense and heartened his men. In the end Vercingetorix surrendered and a peace deal was arranged.

Why it matters: The pacification of Gaul created a major food producing area for the empire, and one they wouldn't have to worry about defending until the coming of Attila. It made Caesar's reputation, just like he hoped, but directly led to the civil war against the Senate led by his long-time ally Pompey Magnus; this would in turn lead to the rise of Augustus and the collapse of the Senate's power.
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19. Board Game: Fallen Blackhawk: Somalia [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Fallen Blackhawk: Somalia
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The 1993 First Battle of Mogadishu

A small number of American forces attempted to seize attempted to seize two of Mohamed Farrah Aidids high-echelon lieutenants during a meeting in the city.

Roughly one hundred American special forces against thousands of Somalians.
The Americans lost 18, the Somalian's lost somewhere between fifteen hundred-three thousand (including civilians).

Why it mattered:
While the assault force was heavily outnumbered, the vast losses were suffered by the Somalians. However it was a Pyrrhic victory for the American forces. The American public did not appreciate seeing the bodies of American soldiers dragged through the streets in what was ostensibly a peacekeeping mission. Clinton was roundly criticized for the assault and scaled down the peacekeeping mission in Somalia shortly thereafter.

The Battle of Mogadishu continues to influence US foreign policy. It likely has impacted US response to conflicts such the Rwandan Genocide, the war in Syria, and the uprising in Libya.

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20. Board Game: Camerone [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
Board Game: Camerone
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The Foreign Legion last stand in Camerone, Mexico, in April 30, 1863 is the defining moment of the famous élite french corps. 64 legionnaires defended the position against 2000 mexicans, sacrificing themselves.
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21. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:203]
Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
Cannae 216 B.C. Hannibal and his 50.000 men army destroy the 8 Consular legions Roman army (80.000 men), The most astounding of this victory it´s not the victory itself, but the tremendous slaughter of the roman legions killing nearly 50.000 romans.
My favourite general in his best battle.
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22. Board Game: Three Kingdoms Redux [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:908]
Board Game: Three Kingdoms Redux
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Battle of Chi Bi (Red Cliffs)

The end of Eastern Han dynasty saw the country break up and numerous warlords carving out their own domains. This was around 189 AD. After nearly two decades of civil wars, Cao Cao reunified most of northern China. He turned his attention south, which was still somewhat fragmented.

The Jiang Dong area, south east of China, was controlled by the Sun family. They formed an alliance with Liu Bei, a minor warlord at the time, to resist Cao Cao. This culminated in the Battle of Chi Bi (Red Cliffs) in the winter of 208 AD.

Cao Cao claimed to have an army of 800,000 whilst the alliance of Sun Quan and Liu Bei had around 50,000 men. Via a ruse, the alliance set Cao Cao's fleet and naval camp on fire. On paper, it was an unlikely victory.

Cao Cao's defeat at Chi Bi and subsequent retreat was the precursor to the Three Kingdoms era, with the state of Wei controlled by the Cao family in the north, state of Wu controlled by the Sun family in the south east, and state of Shu controlled by the Liu family in the south west. That remained the status quo for most of the 3rd century.

Family: Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Three Kingdoms (262 A.D.) by Yu Ninjie (creative commons)
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23. Board Game: Taffy's Party Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Taffy's Party Game
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The Battle Off Samar

Who: US Task Unit "Taffy 3": 6 escort carriers, 3 destroyers, 4 destroyer escorts, 400 aircraft
IJN Center Force: 4 battleships (including the Yamato, which alone displaced more tons than all of Taffy 3), 6 heavy cruisers, 2 light cruisers, 11 destroyers, 30 aircraft

When: Oct. 25, 1944

Where: East of Samar Island, in the Philippines

How long did they last: ~3 hours

Why? US Admiral Halsey was lured into chasing a decoy fleet with most of his force, leaving only a small unsupported task force in the path of what turned out to be a significant Japanese fleet

How? It's hard to do justice to all the details. The wikipedia article is absolutely riveting and highly recommended reading. Taffy 3's few destroyers and destroyer escorts laid an effective smokescreen to cover the rest of the force and charged straight at the Japanese fleet. Through a combination of incredible bravery, superior fire control, and vulnerable type 93 "long lance" torpedoes stored on the decks of Japanese ships, these DDs and DDEs managed to sink or cripple three Japanese heavy cruisers. US air attacks, even by planes armed with depth charges or just doing "dry runs" with nothing at all, helped to sow confusion in the Japanese fleet.

Who won? Taffy 3 was mauled. Two destroyers and a destroyer escort, along with two of the escort carriers they were trying to protect, were sunk. (The CVE Gambier Bay was the only US carrier sunk by naval gunfire in WWII.) The rest of the ships in the force were damaged. But Taffy 3 fought so ferociously that the Japanese commander, Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita, was convinced he was facing a much more powerful force and ordered a withdrawl.

When the Japanese force began to withdraw, a US sailor was heard to remark "Damn it, boys, they're getting away!"

Casualties: USN: 2 escort carriers, 2 destroyers, 1 destroyer escort sunk, most of the rest of the task force damaged, 1,583 killed or missing, 912 wounded.
IJN: 3 heavy cruisers sunk, 3 heavy cruisers damaged, 1 destroyer damaged, unknown casualties

Why it mattered: Had Kurita pressed on, he would have been in a position to sink many troop and supply ships in the Leyte Gulf, potentially causing a major setback to US efforts to retake the Philippines. Kurita's withdrawl also precluded once and for all the decisive Mahanian clash of battleships that both sides had been expecting since the beginning of the war.
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24. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2338]
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