THE SECOND GRECO - PERSIAN WAR
480 - 479 B.C.
7,000 Greeks hold a 200,000 strong Persian army from advancing through the narrow pass of
The last stand at
The loss at
Many military scholars believe that overall, the battle didn't contribute much of anything to the Greeks winning the war against Persia.
That it was in fact the decisive Naval Battle of Salamis later that same year in which the Greeks utterly destroyed the Persian fleet was the sole contribution to final Greek victory.
It must also be noted that the Greek victory at the battle of Platea was accomplished ( ironically with the core of the Greek Army comprising the survivors of Thermopylae ) which expelled the Persians from Greek soil the very next year.
My question is, Which branch of the Greek armed forces contributed most to final victory, the Army or Navy?
GRECO - PERSIAN WAR