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The Unbelievable Tales of History’s Most Unlikely Victories

These three battles shaped the fate of the world—especially because their results were so shocking.

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The Fall of Qashliq

November 4, 1582

The Battle of Rorke's Drift

January 22-23, 1879

Battle of Rorke's Drift, unlikely military victories
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  • The Defence of Rorke's Drift, by Alphonse de Neuville

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The Capture of Belgrade

April 13, 1941

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  • Belgrade after its April 1941 bombing.

    Photo Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 141-1005 / CC-BY-SA 3.0