Deadliest Battles throughout History

List the two deadliest battles from a wide range of wars
Only Battles, not campaigns
Includes casualties from both sides and civilians
Quiz by mac212121
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Last updated: July 10, 2012
First submittedJuly 10, 2012
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War
# of casualties
Battle
American Civil War
51,000
Battle of Gettysburg
American Civil War
34,624
Battle of Chickamauga
American Revolutionary War
8,800
Siege of Yorktown
American Revolutionary War
1,500
Battle of Bunker Hill
Napoleonic Wars
92,000
Battle of Leipzig
Napoleonic Wars
80,000
Battle of Borodino
Thirty Years' War
21,500
Battle of Breitenfeld
War
# of casualties
Battle
Thirty Years' War
19,000
Battle of Rocroi
Vietnam War
34,868
Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Vietnam War
12,400
Battle of Hue
World War I
1,180,000
Battle of the Somme
World War I
483,000
First Battle of the Marne
World War II
1,560,000
Battle of Stalingrad
World War II
1,298,745
Battle of Berlin
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2013
It's a great idea for a quiz. I do think though that your choice of wars could be changed and/or expanded. "Deadliest battles throughout history" is a great title, but it's let down a bit by some battles that would hardly merit the term 'battle' when compared to some of the really huge battles from history... even going back as far as the Egyptians/Assyrians, Greeks etc these are comparitively tiny. To say nothing of some of these Chinese wars... the mongol invasions... some of the fighting in South America etc. I'd highly encourage you to do a sequel!
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Level 79
Feb 11, 2013
for once I agree with Ozchris. The title is deceptive, and though taking away the Battle of Bunker Hill would remove one of the few answers I got right, it certainly looks like a barely a scuffle when stood up next to the siege of Stalingrad. Even some famous WW2 battles that were not included make Bunker Hill or Yorktown look insignificant, like the Normandy invasion. Then if you look at older battles you see things like the Mongol conquest of Baghdad with over 2 million casualties, or the Battle of Kalinga with 1.5 to 2 million, and what about the siege of Leningrad and Operation Barbarossa? Those are from wars that you included in the quiz but resulted in more casualties than Stalingrad by most estimates. I know it's very hard to get consistent numbers... estimates vary wildly depending on which account you're going by and some include civilians and collateral deaths while others do not...
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Level 79
Feb 11, 2013
there's also the problem that sometimes casualties means dead (as implied in the title) and other times it merely means wounded or missing.
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Level 79
Feb 11, 2013
I thought Antietam would be on here but I guess that only has the record for most killed on a single day (in American history), and you already have two other battles from the Civil War.
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Level 57
Jan 13, 2015
Battle of Dien Bien Phu was actually part of the French Indochina War not the Vietnam War.
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Level 63
Dec 14, 2016
Verdun?
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Level 69
Nov 4, 2017
The ranking for WW1 battles is wrong and throws the whole quiz into doubt. While the casualty figures for Somme and First Marne are correct, the Somme was only the 3rd deadliest battle and First Marne the 7th deadliest battle. The highest casualties were incurred in the 2 main battles of the last year of the war - the failed German Kaiserschlacht or Spring Offensive (1.5m) and the victorious Allied 100 days offensive from Amiens to the Armistice (1.8m). I suspect there are inaccuracies in the other wars I don't know as well...