Almost missed an important anniversary (maybe it should be on the Politics board?).
At the Battle of Tours near Poitiers, France, Frankish leader Charles Martel, a Christian, defeats a large army of Spanish Moors, halting the Muslim advance into Western Europe. Abd-ar-Rahman, the Muslim governor of Cordoba, was killed in the fighting, and the Moors retreated from Gaul, never to return in such force.
Tours was a hugely important moment in the history of Europe, for though the battle of itself was perhaps not as seismic as some have claimed, it stemmed the tide of Islamic advance and showed the European heirs of Rome that these foreign invaders could be defeated.
Tours was one of Sir Edward Creasy's Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World.
Could be, although it could be said that decisive battles are often not very decisive.I have taken a ghoulish interest in the Allied invasion of France in 1944/5 and their advance into Germany. As far as I can see the Allies could not put a foot right, but somehow they managed to advance the 800 miles from the beaches to Berlin in ten months.