Battle FAQs:

Q: Is a battle a combat in warfare between two or more armed forces?

A: Yes, and or combatants.

Q: Is a battle a loanword from the Old French bataille?

A: Yes, and first attested in 1297, from Late Latin battualia, meaning "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing", from Late Latin battuere "beat", from which the English word battery is also derived via Middle English batri.

Q: Were battles fought with the two sides within sight?

A: Yes, and if not reach, of each other.

Q: Is a battle the Battle of Salamis?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a battle one of particular importance?

A: Yes, often by bringing hostilities to an end, such as the Battle of Hastings or the Battle of Hattin, or as a turning point in the fortunes of the belligerents, such as the Battle of Stalingrad.

Q: Were battles probably fought between rival hunting bands as disorganized mobs?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a battle achieved when one of the opposing sides forces the other to abandon its mission?

A: Yes, and or to surrender its forces, or routs the other, i.e., forces it to retreat or renders it militarily ineffective for further combat operations.

Q: Are battles now mostly reserved for capturing cities?

A: Yes.

Q: Were battles fought in the sky as well as below the ocean?

A: Yes.

Q: Are battles named for the convenience of military historians so that periods of combat can be neatly distinguished from one another?

A: Yes.

Q: Were battles fought by fast ships using the battering ram to sink opposing fleets or steer close enough for boarding in hand-to-hand combat?

A: Yes.

Q: Are battles usually named after some feature of the battlefield geography?

A: Yes, and such as the name of a town, forest or river, commonly prefixed "Battle of".

Q: Was a battle typically by employment of siege warfare?

A: Yes.

Q: Are battles named after the date on which they took place?

A: Yes, and such as The Glorious First of June.

Q: Are battles decided by various factors?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a battle longer than a week?

A: Yes, and it is often for reasons of staff operational planning called an operation.

Q: Were battles of short duration?

A: Yes, and many lasting a part of a day.