I started making this list by accident, because i was testing out the Ranker interface and happened to choose "Military Conflicts" category randomly. I typed in "battle" to test the autosuggest box and was blown away by the fact that over 4K items came up (courtesy of our wonderful data partners at http://www.freebase.com). And being a bit of a WWII buff I soon found myself making a list, which tends to happen when I'm testing the site. I never really thought I'd be making military conflicts lists, but . . . it's easy to get sucked in.
Anyhow, as far as battles go, these are the big ones - of the European Theater at least.
I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that this is the perfect kind of list to click "change style" on - you get the bloggy version with bigger photos, and the statistical version, which is very relevant for something like military history.
I dragged this "item" into the list of course because the aerial bombing of Britain, had it succeeded in knocking out the Royal Air Force, would have led to an invasion of the UK, and who knows where history would have gone from there.What shocked me when saw the stats was that I had forgotten that this took place A YEAR BEFORE THE U.S. EVEN GOT IN THE WAR. I'm sure if I grew up in the UK that fact wouldn't be new news. London getting the crap bombed out of it and literally a few hundred brave RAF pilots stopping the Wermacht - at least for awhile. Thinking about it gives me chills.