Synthesis of 3 Major Wars

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My goal with this paper is to research 3 periods of history: ancient/medieval, colonial, and modern eras, and to cover the following points: reasons for the battle, opposing leaders, weapons/tactics, what happened/results of the battle, and to compare and contrast the 3 different battles. The battles I chose to investigate are: The battle of Thermopylae from the ancient/medieval period, the battle of Vicksburg from the colonial period, and the battle of Midway from the modern period. I shall go over each battle individually and then compare and contrast each at the close of the paper.

Thermopylae: This battle ensued after the Persian loss to the Greeks at the battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. King Darius was in charge when the Persians lost the first time, and later his son, Xerxes, tried to avenge this defeat in 480 B.C.

The main leaders from each side were: Xerxes was the king of Persia after his father was killed by the Greeks at Marathon.

He was ruthless and full of anger over the loss of his father. He has been seen as the leader who led from the front, literally; he would ride or run into battle in front of his men encouraging them to do the same. It is stated that he was not very virtuous, mainly due to the fact that he was a king's son, and coming from wealth leaves very little interest in attaining respect and honor for ones own accomplishments. The Greek Spartans were led by king Leonidas, who died with his men at Thermopylae, the way a king should. He embodied our code of "duty, honor, and country." He agreed with the unforgiving statement Greek soldiers mothers would tell their sons before they left for war, "bring your shield home, or be on it." The weapons...