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The Spanish-American war was almost certainly started by an accident. The Casus Belli was an explosion that sank the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. There's a good chance it wasn't even an external source that caused the explosion. Even if it was a mine, it is highly unlikely the mine was placed where it was in hopes of sinking a US ship. Even one of the ...


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In 1987, Indian army's 13 Sikh Light Infantry detachment was annihilated down to a single soldier by LTTE rebels (Sri Lanka) in an 18 hour battle. That soldier survived due to being captured and later released by the rebels. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_University_Helidrop https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikh_Light_Infantry#IPKF_and_Sri_Lanka


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The Battle of Kosovo (Serbian: Косовска битка/Kosovska bitka, Turkish: Kosova Meydan Muharebesi) took place on 15 June 1389 between the army led by the Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović, and the invading army of the Ottoman Empire under the command of Sultan Murad Hüdavendigâr. The army under Prince Lazar consisted of his own troops, a contingent led by ...


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During the Soviet-Finnish "Winter War" of 1939/40 the Soviets attempted to outflank the Finns many times over frozen lakes and the Gulf of Finland. Well-supplied Finnish coastal artillery would blast great holes in the ice, swallowing the exposed Soviet infantry. [February 10th & 11th] the Russians tried for the first time to outflank the ...


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As a counterpoint to @Gwenn 's answer: At one point during the Battle of Guadalcanal; Mitchell Paige was the only surviving member on the American side of a key portion of the front line during a major Japanese counter attack. His Medal of Honor Citation: PLATOON SERGEANT MITCHELL PAIGE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in ...


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The battle between the Horatii and Curatii in ancient Rome, but it is a borderline case because of two reasons: It was in a time period where history and mythology cannot be fully separated from each other, so its authenticity might be accepted by some, and debated by others. Only 6 people took part in the fight proper. However, both armies (likely above ...


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Disclaimer at bottom In The Book of Mormon, Coriantumr is reported to be the only survivor of a war that ended the Jaredite nation see Ether 15:20-30 (pasted below) and Ether 15:32. 20 And it came to pass that they fought all that day, and when the night came they slept upon their swords. 21 And on the morrow they fought even until the night ...


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The British Army left in Kabul, Afghanistan after the First Anglo-Afghan War, was to leave after an Afghan uprising. The main contingent of some 16,000 troops and associated civilians was attacked throughout their journey to Jalalabad, eventually only a single survivor Assistant Surgeon William Brydon. He was asked upon arrival what happened to the army, to ...


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Not really one survivor, but pretty close. Olshansky's marines group. On 26th March 1944 Soviet marines group consisting of 68 men (as only 55 names are known, some people argue that there were only 55 of them) landed in Nikolaev (now Ukraine) sea port. They fought against Germans for three days: 26-28 March 1944. At the end there were only 11 survivors, ...


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Yes, there was a battle between the Spartans and Argives described by Herodotus. They decided to solve the dispute in a "fair way" without risking their full armies, so 300 soldiers were chosen from each side, and it was decided that the side that loses would recognize its defeat. The result was one Spartan and two Argives surviving. The Argives rushed back ...


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I am not aware of any large battles with only a single survivor out of all the combatants, but there was at least one major battle that had only a single survivor on the losing side. The Battle of the Little Bighorn (or Custer's Last Stand) led to a slaughter of the American forces. Every American soldier who was present when the battle began was killed, ...



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