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  • TOP 100 Military Blunders !

    ACG’s 100 Greatest Military Blunders

    1.Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia 1812

    2.Battle of Tsushima 1905

    3.The Gallipoli Campaign 1915-1916

    4.Battle of Karansebes 1788

    5. The Crimean War 1853-1856

    6.Battle of the Golden Spurs 1302

    7.Battle on the Lechfeld 1955

    8.Battle in the Teutoburg Forest 9 AD

    9.Battle of Cannae 216 BC

    10.Raid on Dieppe 1942

    11.The Austro-Prussian War 1866

    12.Battle of France 1940

    13.Battle of Salamis 480 BC

    14.The Wallachian-Ottoman War 1462

    15.Siege of Breda 1590

    16.Battle of Zhovti Vody 1648

    17.Battle of Agincourt 1415

    18.Battle of Stirling Bridge 1297

    19.Battle of Little Big Horn 1876

    20.The 4th Crusade 1204

    21.Battle of Isandlwana 1879

    22.The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871

    23.Siege of Vienna 1683

    24.US invasion of Canada 1812-1813

    25.The Spanish Armada campaign 1588

    26.Battle at White Mountain 1620

    27.Battle of Adrianople 378

    28.Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign 1798-1801

    29.Bay of Pigs invasion 1961

    30.Battle of Yorktown 1781

    31.Battle of Bosworth Field 1483

    32.Charles XII march into Russia 1708-1709

    33.Battle of Tours 732

    34.Battle of Hastings 1066

    35.Surrender at Singapore 1942

    36.Battle of Carrhae 53 BC

    37.Battle of Dien Bien Phu 1954

    38.The 2nd Crusade 1148

    39.1st Anglo-Afghan War 1839-1842

    40.Operation Market Garden 1944

    41.Battle of Ticonderoga 1758

    42.Battle of Tannenberg 1914

    43.Siege of the Alamo 1836

    44.Battle of Verdun 1916

    45.Battle of Culloden 1746

    46.Battle of Midway 1942

    47.Battle of Manzikert 1071

    48.Battle of Hattin 1187

    49.Invasion of Kuwait 1990

    50.Union Campaigns 1861-1865

    51.Battle of Morgarten 1315

    52.Gildonic Revolt 398 AD

    53.The Six Day War 1967

    54.Confederate Campaigns 1861-1865

    55.War against Sigismund: Battles of Stegeborg and Stangebro 1598

    56.Battle of Jena 1806

    57.Battle of Pavia 1525

    58.Battle of Arausio 105 BC

    59.Siege of Kut 1916

    60.The Tet Offensive 1968

    61.Battle of Nicopolis 1396

    62.Battle of Zenta 1697

    63.Battle of Klushino 1610

    64.Raid on Medway 1667

    65.Battle of Wabash 1791

    66.Battle of Adowa 1896

    67.Battle of Myeongnyang 1597

    68.Battle at Watling Street 61 BC

    69.Battle of Morat 1476

    70.Battle of Nordlingen 1634

    71.Battle of Plassey 1757

    72.Battle of Kircholm 1605

    73.Battle of Valmy 1792

    74.Battle at the Monogahela 1755

    75.Battle of Edgehill 1642

    76.Battle of Kunyang 23 AD

    77.Advance on Yalu River 1950

    78.Battle of Boyaca 1819

    79.Battle of Spion Kop 1900

    80.Battle of Sempach 1386

    81.Battle of Majuba Hill 1881

    82.Battle of Konitz 1454

    83.Battle at Guan Du 200 AD

    84.Battle at the Kalka River 1223

    85.Battle of Rossbach 1757

    86.Battle of Bedriacum 69AD

    87.Battle of Chaldiran 1514

    88.Battle of Panipat 1526

    89.Battle of Camden 1780

    90.The battle of Nsamankow 1824

    91.Battle of Tuyuti 1866

    92.Battle of Anchialus 917

    93.Battle of Sacheon 1592

    94.Battle of Sarikamish 1914-1915

    95.The Battle of Myriokephalon, 1176

    96.The Battle of Okehazama 1560

    97.Battle of Wake Island 1941

    98.Battle of Kurikara 1183

    99.Battle of Annual 1921

    100.Battle of Mu’tah 629


    Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

    Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

    BORG

  • #2
    Didn't see the first Siege of Malta by the Ottomans. Would that count? a badly mismanaged siege spent far too long trying to take an outlying fort (St Elmos I think), where the Knights of St John made an epic stand. The siege inflicted a massive defeat on the seemingly unstoppable Turks.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kevinmeath View Post
      Didn't see the first Siege of Malta by the Ottomans. Would that count? a badly mismanaged siege spent far too long trying to take an outlying fort (St Elmos I think), where the Knights of St John made an epic stand. The siege inflicted a massive defeat on the seemingly unstoppable Turks.
      True should have been up there...
      Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

      It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

      Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

      BORG

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      • #4
        I would put far behind N° 10 Dieppe !
        Very small in the course of WW2, WW2 being a big case yes, but among other great events in the whole military History (that i now few...).
        Inside WW2 i do prefer summer 1942 campain in the east.

        But rating is hard. I really like the spanish "traversée" of the channel for exemple.

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        • #5
          Some of these on the list compiled from Stratego are as much brilliance on one part facing mediocrity, indifferent or incompetence on the other hand.

          Sometimes the incompetent will make the better than average look brilliant.

          Hannibal is one case in point.
          "Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way." - Christopher Hitchens

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          • #6
            Sometimes people only complain.
            Instead of being constructive themselves they destroy...that is - I guess - the 'human' way!
            Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

            It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

            Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

            BORG

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            • #7
              Why is #9 on the list?

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              • #8
                What about the 1st day of Passandale. (If I spelt it right) Worst British deafeat in its history.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lasher View Post
                  Why is #9 on the list?
                  Why not? You do not consider the Cannae as a Roman blunder?
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                  • #10
                    Sorry to rain on the parade, but does it not depend entirely on where you stand ?

                    One combatant's disaster is the other side's glorious victory and to allocate blame on the one hand and praise on the other depends on the details of the particular action or campaign.

                    To take "Greatest Blunder No.1" as an example, could it be said that Napoleon was being supremely ambitious , over-reached himself and would never have won : or ,conversely, that Czar Alexander's armies, in abandoning Moscow adroitly handled the situation despite being faced by the greatest military commander of the age ?

                    Or both ?

                    Cannae was both a blunder by the Romans, and a masterly victory by the. Cathaginians .Were the Romans culpable, or was Hannibal a military genius- or lucky ?
                    "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
                    Samuel Johnson.

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                    • #11
                      As Belgrave stated, one mans blunder is another's good fortune or mastery!

                      Hitlers invasion of Russia in 1941
                      Hitlers not defeating Britain before invading Russia
                      Italy's decision to join the war in 1940
                      Belgium and Hollands decision to rely on Neutrality as a safeguard in 1940
                      The Dyle Plan of 1940
                      British bombing campaign 1939-1942
                      The British campaign in Malaya 1941/42
                      The Allies failure in stopping Axis forces escaping from Sicily
                      The Allied landing at Anzio
                      The German campaign in France 1944
                      The Battle for the Kurland Pocket
                      Germany's Lake Balaton offensive
                      etc etc etc
                      "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Churchill

                      "I'm no reactionary.Christ on the Mountain! I'm as idealistic as Hell" Eisenhower

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lasher View Post
                        Why is #9 on the list?
                        Democracy.
                        Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                        That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                        • #13
                          Wasn't this contest already held?

                          All of the great WWI screw-ups are missing from the list:

                          Passchendale
                          The Somme
                          Verdun
                          Galipoli
                          Etc.

                          Then we have to throw in WWII, beginning with the Maginot Line and the presumption of the "impassable" Ardenne Forest.
                          Last edited by Mountain Man; 01 Nov 11, 13:15.
                          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                          • #14
                            What about Russia's invasion of Finland in 1939. Russia won but no way they should have had the problems they did with Finland.
                            “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
                            ― Groucho Marx

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                            • #15
                              List is fairly ramshackle, it doesn't point to a given mistake or order but goes so far to label whole wars as 'mistakes', which is odd.
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