5 Historic Battles Won Against Great Odds

Think history is boring? Wait till you see how some of the most epic battles in history were fought and won by underdogs. Take a look at these 5 historic battles won against great odds that prove it’s never too late to turn a situation around, even if it is a battle.

#1.  The Spanish Armada, 1588

The Spanish Armada, 1588

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The classic defeat of Spanish army by British army even when the latter had lesser and smaller ships. The battle arose because of a family feud between Philip II of Spain and his sister-in-law Elizabeth I of Britain. Philip tried to attack Elizabeth after she refused his marriage proposal after the death of his wife Mary I. But things didn’t turn out quite well for the dejected lover. The English met them at a French Harbor, scattered the Spanish arm and than sank many of their ships.

#2.  Siege of Vienna, 1529

Siege of Vienna, 1529

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Sultan Suleiman I, of the Ottoman Empire snatched control of Southern Hungary in August 1526. afterwards, he marched forward to take the whole of it. But during that time, Wilhelm von Roggendorf, the Marshall of Austria took control of a small garrison of Vienna and gathered around 20,000 men and 75 artillery guns to fight 100,00 men and 500 artillery of the Ottoman empire. The Ottoman were digging tunnels so to counter that the Marshall had bowls of water filled with dried peas placed along the road. So everytime the Ottomans made a move, they would know. As a result, they were successful in destroying their attacker’s mines and made them retreat.

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