Snowball masterminds the victory in this battle, which is a vitally important one for the animals against the human proprietor of the farm, Mr Jones. It is a very fierce battle with death and injury among the animals but Snowball in particular shows great courage in leading the defence. After this battle, the farm belongs to the animals. This earns Snowball great honour and popularity but later he is demoted and eventually banished by his great rival for the leadership, Napoleon, and his crucial role in winning the farm for the animals is completely erased from the official record.
Napoleon resembles the ruthless Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, and Snowball can be compared to Stalin's early rival Leon Trotsky; their rivalry represents the power struggles following the Russian Revolution in the early 20th century.