Six Great Battles in British History
The United Kingdom has a rich history full of amazing victories on the battlefield. Here are some of the greatest battles in British history.
- Battle of Naseby – This was the decisive battle of the First English Civil War. It took place in Naseby in Northamptonshire and saw the clash between the Royalist led by Charles I and the Parliamentarians led by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell. The Parliamentarians emerged victorious.
- Battle of Blenheim – This historic battle took place in Blenheim, Bavaria (modern day Germany). This was a clash between the French-Bavarian Army and the Grand Alliance (England, Scotland, Dutch Republic and the Holy Roman Empire). The battle is known to be one of the turning points of the War of the Spanish Succession. The victory of the Grand Alliance ensured the safety of Vienna and prevented the fall down of the alliance. It was the battle of Blenheim that shattered the myth of French invincibility.
- Battle of Culloden – This was the last battle from the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 to be found on British soil. It opposed Charles Edward Stuart leader of the Jacobite and the Duke of Cumberland leader of the Royalist Army. The victory of the Royalists meant that the Stuarts hope of regaining the British throne had come to an end. It also ensured the succession of the Protestant House of Hanover.
- Battle of Plassey – it was fought between the troops of the British East India Company led by Robert Clive (more commonly known as Clive of India) and the forces of Siraj Ud Daulah, the last Nawab of Bengal. The British East India Company emerged victorious despite the fact that the army of Siraj Ud Daulah was supported by the French. The outcome of the battle established the British rule in India.
- Battle of Quebec – Also known as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, it took place in modern day Canada. It was perhaps the most important battle of the Seven Years War as it marked the beginning of the end of French reign in North America. The British forces were led by General Wolfe who died in action. The French also lost their commander Louis- Joseph de Montcalm during the battle.
- The Battle of Lexington – this was the beginning of the American Revolution. While the battle itself wasn’t of great significance for the outcome of the war it is one of the most important in British history as it bore the result of the disastrous British policy towards its North American colonies.
You can learn more about all these battles and more by visiting the National Army Museum once your relocation to London via man and van services is completed. However make sure that you arrange all the details with the man and van company before you head to the museum.
Honourable mentions: The Battle of Salamanca from the Peninsula Wars, the Battle of Waterloo from the Napoleonic Wars, the Battle of Aliwal from the First Sikh War and the Battle of Balaklava from the Crimean War.