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30 Responses to 10 Biggest Military Blunders

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    January 11, 2012 at 11:22 am
    Link: 10 Biggest Military Blunders - Mistakes that changed the course of history.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 11:31 am
    Honorable mention: Iraq war

    Blunder: Strategic exhaustion of US military, increased influence from Iran.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    Learning is fun.. kinda needed a bit more information i would have thought.
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    burbclaver Male 50-59
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    January 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm
    Possibly the most simplistic, omissive post I have seen on IAB.
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    red_raven Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm
    Most of these didn`t change the course of history... the battle of Little Bighorn didn`t stop the white people from taking the Native Americans land. The fall of Singapore didn`t win the war for Hitler.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    I believe the Napoleonic blunder should have been #1.

    Where the Vietnam War saw more deaths, it was not as crushing a defeat as Napoleon`s.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    "Honorable mention: Iraq war

    Blunder: Strategic exhaustion of US military, increased influence from Iran."

    Are you freaking kidding?

    We could go to war with anyone right now, and mash them.

    `cept maybe China, because of the nukes.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    January 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    #1 Kublai Khan`s attack on Japan, resulting in the loss of that largest naval fleet ever assembled, and speculatively starting the downfall of the largest empire ever.

    If he had succeeded it is possible that all of Eurasia would have been under control of the Mongol empire, meaning all of world history would be different. (my speculation)
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    Numbers 1, 2 and 8 weren`t all that bad, really.
    #1: Germany HAD TO attack Russian before July 41 or else Stalin would have invaded Germany.
    #2: Vietman was a battle in the Cold War. The USA lost the battle, it`s true, but they won the War! There was a very real danger that the Soviet Union would roll across Germany, and possibly the rest of Europe, in the 60`s and 70`s, don`t forget that! Vietnam gave the USA a place to battle-train it`s troops and test equipment & tactics. When the Soviets tried that (In Afghanistan, just a few years after Vietnam ended) their troops and equipment were found to be disasterously bad.
    #8: The reason it`s famous is because it was by accident, eh? This sort of charge happened in battles of that era. IF the Light Brigade had been properly supported, it might even have worked! But by then all the other troops were withdrawing, so it was doomed.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    vv Agreed @Batmanners & @MrPeabody! There are tons of battles that could easily make the top 10 worst list.
    Quite true @red raven, those two battles were really small potatoes in a global view. The USA losing Corregidor was just as bad, eh?
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm
    @auburnjunky

    It was a foreign policy blunder nonetheless.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    Germany HAD TO attack Russian before July 41 or else Stalin would have invaded Germany.

    2 things:
    1)Give us the real date please. (The 41st?)
    2)How exactly? Stalin not too long ago had his army pushed out of Finland no thanks in part to that great purge of his.
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    Lardcarcass Male 40-49
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    January 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    I could probably do some research myself and figure it out, but why didn`t we attack North Vietnam?

    And, didn`t the Bay of Pigs have something to do with an air support no-show?
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    January 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    I still believe Kublai Khan is #1, but what about that little oopsie Japan made when they attacked Pearl Harbor?

    Also found this:
    Kublai Khan`s plans for the World

    He already had Africa and Europe on his map of a unified world.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    January 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    @Cajun247
    Give us the real date please. (The 41st?)

    That would be July 1941 Einstein
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    How is the Vietnam War a bigger blunder than the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan? Only one of these led to the collapse of a super-power and the dissolution of a massive empire. No points for guessing which one.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    That would be July 1941 Einstein

    Oh okay then.
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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm
    You`d think a list of the biggest blunders would have more of the biggest blunders. Some of these seem arbitrarily chosen at best.
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    MCMXCIII Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    Clearly a white man`s list. Some of the bloodiest wars were not portrayed here.
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    MCMXCIII Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    @Lardcarcass: The US was bombing the poo out of North Vietnam, actually. Some even considered nukes, fortunately that didn`t happen.
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    Lardcarcass Male 40-49
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    January 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    @MCMXCIII
    Bombing is a tool which is often misused.
    To answer my own question, there were multple and complex reasons; politics, casualties, China etc.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    January 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    Blunder: US Alienation of Vietnamese population.

    50 years later, they are still widdling on corpses.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 12, 2012 at 12:04 am
    Oh @Cajun!
    1)Give us the real date please. (The 41st?)
    HERE: July `41
    As in, July 1941, eh? Duh! Are you trollin?

    As for #2: it`s a well documented fact (since the fall of the Soviet Union) that Stalin had every intention and was actively preparing to invade the minute the `peace treaty` wore off.
    This is my "area of expertise" I`ve read a LOT about The Russian Campaign and it`s causes.

    That would be July 1941 Einstein
    See @Cajun? Even @MrPeabody is mocking you! lolz!

    I totally agree @xiquiripat! The Soviets really got whupped! American never actually tried to "win" in Vietnam, they just wanted to cycle troops into combat.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 12, 2012 at 12:13 am
    @Lardcarcass: Operation Rolling Thunder Was the tactical bombing of North Vietnam`s infrastructure.
    Operation Arc Light Was the Strategic bombing campaign against their supply lines into the South. The "Ho Chi Minh Trail" eh?

    Rolling Thunder was a devistating success!
    Arc Light? Dismal failure.

    Yet at the time the opposite was the "official" assessment. The USA `had intelligence` that ArcLight was wiping out the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and that Rolling Thunder wasn`t doing much at all.

    In reality RT had brought Nort Vietnam to it`s knees, while AL missed the target a good 90% of the time.

    History, go figure!
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 12, 2012 at 6:36 am
    @MCMXCIII

    Yes this is all part of the white devils conspiracy.....
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    January 12, 2012 at 8:17 am
    They forgot the biggest blunder in ALl of military history....

    War itself.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    January 12, 2012 at 8:27 am
    Hint: Never attack Russia in the winter.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    January 12, 2012 at 9:56 am
    What about calling off the 3rd attack on Pearl Harbor 1941?
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    January 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    Somehow I just knew the invasions into Russia would be high on the list.

    Russia and China are the LAST two countries you want to invade.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    January 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm
    Worst recap ever. Bush 2 LIED to start 2 wars and plunge america into economic collapse..Well done.

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