pitched battle

Definitions of pitched battle
  1. noun
    a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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    Agincourt
    a battle in northern France in which English longbowmen under Henry V decisively defeated a much larger French army in 1415
    battle of Austerlitz
    a decisive battle during the Napoleonic campaigns (1805); the French under Napoleon defeated the Russian armies of Czar Alexander I and the Austrian armies of Emperor Francis II
    Bannockburn
    a battle in which the Scots under Robert the Bruce defeated the English and assured the independence of Scotland
    Battle of Kerbala
    a battle in 680 in which the grandson of Mohammed and his followers were killed
    Battle of the Ardennes Bulge
    a battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise
    Battle of the Marne
    a World War I battle in northwestern France where the Allies defeated the Germans in 1918
    Blenheim
    the First Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy defeated the French in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession
    Borodino
    Napoleon defeated the Russians in 1812 in a pitched battle at a village in western Russia west of Moscow, but irreparably weakened his army
    Bosworth Field
    the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses (1485); Richard III was killed and Henry Tudor was crowned as Henry VII
    Bouvines
    in 1214 the French under Philip Augustus defeated a coalition formed against him in one of the greatest battles of the middle ages
    battle of Boyne
    a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690; William III defeated the deposed James II and so ended the Catholicism that had been reintroduced in England by the Stuarts
    battle of Brunanburh
    a battle in 937 when Athelstan defeated the Scots
    Buena Vista
    a pitched battle in the Mexican War in 1847; United States forces under Zachary Taylor defeated the Mexican forces under Santa Anna at a locality in northern Mexico
    Battle of Bull Run
    either of two battles during the American Civil War (1861 and 1862); Confederate forces defeated the Federal army in both battles
    battle of Bunker Hill
    the first important battle of the American War of Independence (1775) which was fought at Breed's Hill; the British defeated the colonial forces
    Cannae
    ancient city is southeastern Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC
    battle of Caporetto
    battle of World War I (1917); Italians were defeated by the Austrian and German forces
    Caudine Forks
    a battle in the Apennines in 321 BC in which the Samnites defeated the Romans
    Chaeronea
    a battle in which Philip II of Macedon defeated the Athenians and Thebans (338 BC) and also Sulla defeated Mithridates (86 BC)
    Chalons-sur-Marne
    the battle in which Attila the Hun was defeated by the Romans and Visigoths in 451
    Chancellorsville
    a major battle in the American Civil War (1863); the Confederates under Robert E. Lee defeated the Union forces under Joseph Hooker
    Chapultepec
    a pitched battle in the Mexican War that resulted in a major victory for American forces over Mexican forces at a locality south of Mexico City (1847)
    battle of Chattanooga
    in the American Civil War (1863) the Union armies of Hooker, Thomas, and Sherman under the command of Ulysses S. Grant won a decisive victory over the Confederate Army under Braxton Bragg
    battle of Chickamauga
    a Confederate victory in the American Civil War (1863); Confederate forces under Braxton Bragg defeated Union forces
    battle of Cowpens
    battle in the American Revolution; Americans under Daniel Morgan defeated the British
    battle of Crecy
    the first decisive battle of the Hundred Years' War; in 1346 the English under Edward III defeated the French under Philip of Valois
    battle of Cunaxa
    battle in 401 BC when the Artaxerxes II defeated his younger brother who tried to usurp the throne
    battle of Cynoscephalae
    the battle that ended the second Macedonian War (197 BC); the Romans defeated Philip V who lost his control of Greece
    Battle of El Alamein
    a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
    Battle of Flodden Field
    a battle in 1513; the English defeated the invading Scots and James IV was killed
    Battle of Fontenoy
    a battle in 1745 in which the French army under Marshal Saxe defeated the English army and their allies under the duke of Cumberland
    Fort Ticonderoga
    a pitched battle in which American revolutionary troops captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775
    Battle of Fredericksburg
    an important battle in the American Civil War (1862); the Union Army under A. E. Burnside was defeated by the Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee
    Battle of Gettysburg
    a battle of the American Civil War (1863); the defeat of Robert E. Lee's invading Confederate Army was a major victory for the Union
    Battle of Granicus River
    the battle in which Alexander won his first major victory against the Persians (334 BC)
    Battle of Guadalcanal
    a battle in World War II in the Pacific (1942-1943); the island was occupied by the Japanese and later recaptured by American forces
    battle of Hastings
    the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest
    battle of Hohenlinden
    a battle during the Napoleonic Wars (1800); the French defeated the Austrians
    battle of Ipsus
    a battle between the successors of Alexander the Great (301 BC); Lysimachus and Seleucus defeated Antigonus and Demetrius
    battle of Issus
    a battle (333 BC) in which Alexander the Great defeated the Persians under Darius III
    Ivry la Bataille
    a battle (1590) in which the Huguenots under Henry IV defeated the Catholics under the duke of Mayenne
    Battle of Jena
    the battle in 1806 in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Prussians
    Kennesaw Mountain
    battle of the American Civil War (1864); Union forces under William Tecumseh Sherman were repulsed by Confederate troops under Joseph Eggleston Johnston
    Battle of Lake Trasimenus
    a battle in 217 BC in which Hannibal ambushed a Roman army led by Flaminius
    battle of Langside
    (1568) Catholic forces supporting Mary Queen of Scots were routed by Protestants
    battle of Leuctra
    Thebes defeated Sparta in 371 BC; the battle ended Sparta's military supremacy in Greece
    Lexington and Concord
    the first battle of the American Revolution (April 19, 1775)
    battle of Lule Burgas
    the principal battle of the Balkan Wars (1912); Bulgarian forces defeated the Turks
    battle of Lutzen
    a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1632); Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeated the Holy Roman Empire under Wallenstein; Gustavus Adolphus was killed
    Battle of Magenta
    a battle in 1859 in which the French and Sardinian forces under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
    Battle of Maldon
    a battle in which the Danes defeated the Saxons in 991; celebrated in an old English poem
    Mantineia
    the site of three famous battles among Greek city-states: in 418 BC and 362 BC and 207 BC
    battle of Marathon
    a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
    Marengo
    a battle in 1800 in which the French under Napoleon Bonaparte won a great victory over the Austrians
    battle of Marston Moor
    a battle in 1644 in which the Parliamentarians under the earl of Manchester defeated the Royalists under Prince Rupert
    Metaurus River
    a battle during the second Punic War (207 BC); Hannibal's brother Hasdrubal was defeated by the Romans which ended Hannibal's hopes for success in Italy
    battle of Minden
    a battle in the Seven Years' War (1759) in which the English forces and their allies defeated the French
    Battle of Monmouth Court House
    a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
    Battle of Naseby
    a battle in 1645 that settled the outcome of the first English Civil War as the Parliamentarians won a major victory over the Royalists
    battle of Omdurman
    a battle (1898) in which an English and Egyptian army under Kitchener defeated the Sudanese
    battle of Panipat
    battle in which the ruler of Afghanistan defeated the Mahrattas in 1761
    battle of Pharsalus
    Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BC
    battle of Philippi
    Octavian and Mark Antony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC
    battle of Plassey
    the victory in 1757 by the British under Clive over Siraj-ud-daula that established British supremacy over Bengal
    battle of Plataea
    a defeat of the Persian army by the Greeks at Plataea in 479 BC
    battle of Poitiers
    the battle in 1356 in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French
    Port Arthur
    a battle in the Chino-Japanese War (1894); Japanese captured the port and fortifications from the Chinese
    Battle of Puebla
    a battle in which Mexican forces defeated the French in 1862
    Battle of Pydna
    a major victory by the Romans over the Macedonians in 168 BC; resulted in the downfall of the ancient Macedonian kingdom
    Battle of Ravenna
    a battle between the French and an alliance of Spaniards and Swiss and Venetians in 1512
    Battle of Rocroi
    a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1643); the French defeated the Spanish invaders
    battle of Rossbach
    a battle in the Seven Years' War (1757); Prussian forces under Frederick the Great defeated the armies of France and Austria
    battle of St Mihiel
    a battle in the Meuse-Argonne operation in World War I (1918); the battle in which American troops launched their first offensive in France
    battle of Saratoga
    a battle during the American Revolution (1777); the British under Burgoyne were defeated
    battle of Sempatch
    the Swiss Confederation escaped Hapsburg domination by their victory in 1386
    battle of Pittsburgh Landing
    the second great battle of the American Civil War (1862); the battle ended with the withdrawal of Confederate troops but it was not a Union victory
    battle of the Chemin-des-Dames
    a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat; the tactical success of the Germans proved to be a strategic failure
    battle of Solferino
    an indecisive battle in 1859 between the French and Sardinians under Napoleon III and the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
    Battle of the Somme
    battle in World War I (1916)
    Battle of the Somme
    battle of World War II (1944)
    battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
    a battle between the armies of Grant and Lee during the Wilderness Campaign
    battle of Tannenberg
    a battle in World War I (1914); decisive German victory over the Russians
    battle of Tertry
    a battle in France in 687 among the descendants of Clovis
    battle of Teutoburger Wald
    a battle in 9 AD in which the Germans under Arminius annihilated three Roman Legions
    battle of Tewkesbury
    the final battle of the War of the Roses in 1471 in which Edward IV defeated the Lancastrians
    battle of Thermopylae
    a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece
    battle of Trasimeno
    a battle in central Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans under Flaminius in 217 BC
    battle of Valmy
    the French defeated the Austrian and Prussian troops in 1792 (with a famous cannonade from the French artillery)
    battle of Verdun
    a battle in World War I (1916); in some of the bloodiest fighting in World War I the German offensive was stopped
    battle of Wagram
    a battle in the Napoleonic campaigns (1809); Napoleon defeated the Austrians
    Battle of Waterloo
    the battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon
    Yalu River
    a battle in the Korean War (November 1950); when UN troops advanced north to the Yalu River 200,000 Chinese troops crossed the river and drove them back
    first battle of Ypres
    battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others
    second battle of Ypres
    battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient
    third battle of Ypres
    battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders; Germans introduced mustard gas which interfered with the Allied artillery
    battle of Zama
    the battle in 202 BC in which Scipio decisively defeated Hannibal at the end of the second Punic War
    type of:
    battle, conflict, engagement, fight
    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
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