Military and Defence World Records

The Greatest Evacuation

The evacuation carried out by 1,200 Allied naval and Civil from beach-head at Dunkerque, France between 27 May and 4 June 1940 was the greatest in military history. A total of 338,226 French and British troops were taken off.

The Longest Sieges

The longest siege in history was that of Azotus, Israel. According to Herodotus, the siege was invested by Psamtik I of Egypt for 29 years in the period 664 - 610 BC.

The Worst Sieges

880 day siege of Leningrad, USSR by the German Army from 30 August 1941 until 27 January 1944 was the worst siege in history. It was estimated that 1.3 and 1.5 million defenders and citizens died.

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