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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Jun 2018 8:48 p.m. PST

28% of you said Battle for the Atlantic – TMP link

Next was Stalingrad at 20%, then D-Day at 19%, and Battle of Britain at 11%.

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 9:49 p.m. PST

I'd have thought that the Battle for France in 1940 was the one battle that if the Allies had won, it would have stopped the whole war in both Europe and the Pacific dead in its tracks. Was there more to define the question or have I completely missed something?

jdginaz13 Jun 2018 11:28 p.m. PST

I see it more as a series of "Most Important Battles" the result of one leading to the next.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 4:19 a.m. PST

Well, if the Germans had strangled the Atlantic sea lanes we just would have had to build thousands and thousands of Howard Hughes' Spruce Gooses and flown everything across instead. :)

Legion 414 Jun 2018 6:24 a.m. PST

A hard choice … IMO …

21eRegt14 Jun 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

Tough because both the Atlantic struggle and France were campaigns and not battles. I never considered France because unlike the others, IMHO it could not be won given the leadership and strategy. So I'm among the 28% who voted for the Atlantic.

Mark 114 Jun 2018 12:45 p.m. PST

+1 to 21eR.

We have an inconsistent level of hierarchy in the question.

What was more important, the battle of Stalingrad or the Eastern Front?

What was more important, the battle of El Alamain or the Western Desert?

What was more important, the battle of the Atlantic, or the battle of the River Platte?

How could we possibly come up with rational answers?

Compare El Alamein to the Battle of the River Platte.

Maybe compare Stalingrad to Operation Drumbeat. I can think about that comparison, and decide if I think Stalingrad was more important than Drumbeat.

Comparing Stalingrad to the "Battle of the Atlantic" -- how could I NOT say that a 4 year theater of operations was more significant than a 6 month campaign? Was the Eastern Front more significant than the River Platte? Of course it was!

But compare the "Battle of the Atlantic" to the Eastern Front, and I face a question that merits a fair bit of thought.

(aka: Mk 1)

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 8:15 p.m. PST

Full agreement with Mark 1. I too voted battle of the Atlantic for reasons he states. Comparing long term campaigns against short term battles is not valid.

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