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This is a subtrope of TheEpic in which the course of an actual military campaign in some combination of RealLife or traditional history is the main subject. Because of this, the plot, setting, and characters will come pre-constructed. This decreases flexibility but saves work for the author, though he still has enough to do. It is written from an authorial omniscience perspective and shows the viewpoint of one HistoricalDomainCharacter after another on both sides. It has the advantage that {{Battle Epic}}s are usually written about a RealLife CrowningMomentOfAwesome. This type leans heavily on special effects.

If the title of a movie is the same as the name by which a campaign is recorded in historical accounts, that is a clue that this is a Battle Epic.

This trope is OlderThanFeudalism. However it is most common in {{film}}s. Sometimes it can be a TV {{mini series}}.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ThreeHundred'', and its sequel ''[[Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire Rise of an Empire]]'': an interpretative, badass retelling of two of the major campaigns of the Greco-Persian Wars - Thermopylae and Salamis, respectively.
* ''Film/BattleOfBritain''
* ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge''
* ''Film/BattleOfOkinawa''
* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'': About the Battle of Mogadishu.
* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''
* ''Film/DraculaUntold'': Dracula's war against the Ottoman Empire.
* ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'' (1993): About one of the largest battles of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.
* ''Gods And Generals'' (2003): Follows the first half of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, focusing on the career of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and featuring the battles of 1st Bull Run (a.k.a. 1st Manassas), Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Based on the novel with the same name by Jeffrey Shaara.
* ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
* ''[[Film/TheHobbit The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies]]'' is about the Dwarf, Elf and Orc conflict over The Lonely Mountain, Erebor, and the treasure within left after Smaug's death, in particular [[MacGuffin The Arkenstone]].
* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven''
* ''Film/TheLongestDay''
* ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' and, to a lesser exent, ''The Two Towers'', depict Sauron's attempt to conquer the free peoples of Middle-Earth in earnest.
* ''Film/{{Midway}}''
* ''Film/{{Patton}}''
* ''Film/RedCliff'' (2009): FilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', directed by Creator/JohnWoo.
* ''Film/ToraToraTora'' (1970): The attack on Pearl Harbor, told from both perspectives.
* ''Film/{{Waterloo}}''


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheBattleOfMaldon'': Fragmentary Old English epic poem about a historical battle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in the 990s CE.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'': Possibly TropeMaker. It was thought to be essentially historical ([[SadlyMythtaken if not in every detail]]) by the listeners.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'': Likely more close to history than Iliad.
* ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'': Medieval epic around the clash of Franks and Saracens at Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees, 778 CE.[[note]]In actual history it were the Basques, not the Saracens, but it's exactly the kind of thing you can expect from those nasty Saracens![[/note]]
* ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge'' a.k.a. ''The Cattle Raid of Cooley'': Ancient Irish prose epic about a war between the two enemy kingdoms Connacht and Ulster.
* "Literature/TaleOfStyrbjorn": An exiled Viking prince battles his uncle for the kingdom of Sweden. A short tale thanks to its extreme condensation, but epic in scope.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' episode "Blackwater".


[[folder: Tabletop Game ]]

* Quite a few stories and settings from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are war-centric. A few {{splat}}books even have rules on how to run an entire war, including rules for army combat and so on, showing the game's ''Chainmail'' roots.
* A frequent situation in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', for both its [[TabletopRPG RPGs]] and {{wargam|ing}}e, if the name wasn't enough of a giveaway.