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The Largest Naval Sea Battles in Military History

The Largest Naval Sea Battles In Military History



A closer look at the largest and most influential naval battles in world history



Ranked according to the number of soldiers involved





7th Battle of Jutland

near Jutland, Denmark

1916

Germany vs. Great Britain



Number of soldiers involved:

100,000



The British Advantage

37:27

In Heavy Units

113:72

In Light Support Aircraft



The only major naval surface engagement of World War I

Winner: Draw



Germany

Battleships: 16

Battlecruisers: 5

Pre-Dreadnoughts: 6

Light Cruisers: 11

Torpedo Boats: 61

Total Ships: 98



Britain

Battleships: 28

Battlecruisers: 9

Armored Cruisers: 8

Light Cruisers: 26

Destroyers: 78

Minelayer: 1

Seaplane: 1

Total Ships: 151



6th Battle of the Philippine Sea

Philippine Sea

1944

United States vs. Japan



Number of soldiers involved:

127,000+ (U.S.)



Known as "the greatest carrier battle of World War II"



On the first day of attack, Japan lost 300 out of 430 planes.

Due to the decisiveness of U.S. victory over the Japanese Imperial Army, it has been called the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot"



Winner: U.S.



United States

Carriers: 15

Battleships: 7

Cruisers: 21

Destroyers: 67

Submarines: 28

Aircraft: 902



Japan

Carriers: 9

Battleships: 5

Cruisers: 13

Destroyers: 33

Submarines: 24

Aircraft:

(Carrier-Based) 450

(Land- Based) 300



5th Battle of Lepanto

Gulf of Corinth, Ionian Sea

1571

Allied Christian Forces vs. Ottoman



Number of soldiers involved: 150,000



The greatest naval battle of oar-driven vessels in the history of the Mediterranean



It was the first defeat of the Ottoman navy in direct confrontation with the Christian forces.



Winner: Allied Christian Forces



Holy League

(Allied Christian Forces)

Galleys: 206



Ottoman

Galleys: 230



4th Battle of Yamen

Yamen, Guangdong, China

1279

Mongol Yuan Dynasty vs. Song Dynasty



Number of soldiers involved:

200,000



Yuan commanders deployed deception and audacious tactics to overcome at least 10:1 mismatch in numbers



Winner: Mongol Yuan Dynasty



Song Dynasty (Southern)

Warships: 1,000

Fact: The Song Dynasty was the first Chinese government that built a permanent standing navy to protect its aquatic and land territory.

During the Yamen Battle, the Song emporer Huaizong was just eight years old.



Yuan Dynasty (Mongol)

Warships: 50



3rd Battle of the Leyte Gulf

Leyte, Philippines

1944

United States vs. Japan



Number of soldiers involved:

200,000



The U.S. invasion of the Philippines reinforces Allied Forces' control of the Pacific during World War II



Fact: The Battle of Leyte Gulf is remembered as the biggest naval battle ever fought.



Winner: U.S.



The battle spanned over more than 100,000 square miles of sea



United States

Ships: 232



Japan

Ships: 53



The Leyte Gulf War consisted of four battles:

Battle of Sibuyan Sea

Battle of Surigao Strait

Battle off Samar

Battle of Cape Engano



2nd Battle of Salamis

Salamis, near Athens

480 B.C.E.

Greeks vs. Persians



Number of soldiers involved:

250,000



Ranked as "one of the most decisive military engagements of all time"

due to impact on emergence of Western civilization as a major force in the world.



Winner: Greeks



Greeks

Ships: 1,207



Persians

Ships: 371



1st Battle of the Red Cliffs

Chibi(modern map), Hubei province, China

208 A.D.

Cao Cao vs. Liu Bei & Sun Quan



Number of Soldiers involved:

850,000



A classic battle in Chinese history famous for the smaller and weaker defeating the bigger and stronger



Winner: Liu Bei & Sun Quan



The Battle of the Red Cliffs was a battle of the three kingdoms of China

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Of the thousands of naval battles taking place on the seas across the world, seven stand out as the largest and most profound in history. From the Battle of Jutland to the Battle of the Red Cliffs, t...
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