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10 Biggest Military Blunders

Hits: 9962 | Rating: (2.3) | Category: Misc. | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Zeegrr60
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 1974 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 9:06:29 PM
Worst recap ever. Bush 2 LIED to start 2 wars and plunge america into economic collapse..Well done.

Altaru
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3500 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 2:14:58 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.

dm2754
Male, 40-49, Western US
 3122 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 9:56:34 AM
What about calling off the 3rd attack on Pearl Harbor 1941?

pmarren
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 4423 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:27:46 AM
Hint: Never attack Russia in the winter.

Steelgrid
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2704 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:17:02 AM
They forgot the biggest blunder in ALl of military history....

War itself.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13542 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 6:36:53 AM
@MCMXCIII

Yes this is all part of the white devils conspiracy.....

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26321 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:13:12 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!

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26321 Posts
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:04:47 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.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 12616 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:09:05 PM
Blunder: US Alienation of Vietnamese population.

50 years later, they are still widdling on corpses.

Lardcarcass
Male, 40-49, Western US
 252 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:00:29 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.

MCMXCIII
Male, 18-29, Asia
 354 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:41:38 PM
@Lardcarcass: The US was bombing the poo out of North Vietnam, actually. Some even considered nukes, fortunately that didn't happen.

MCMXCIII
Male, 18-29, Asia
 354 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:37:50 PM
Clearly a white man's list. Some of the bloodiest wars were not portrayed here.

RuralNinja
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:23:40 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.

Cajun247
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10317 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:12:39 PM
That would be July 1941 Einstein


Oh okay then.

xiquiripat
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2419 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:09:14 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.

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:13:49 PM
@Cajun247
Give us the real date please. (The 41st?)


That would be July 1941 Einstein

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:11:26 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.

Lardcarcass
Male, 40-49, Western US
 252 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:09:59 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?

Cajun247
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10317 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:56:56 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.

Cajun247
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10317 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:54:20 PM
@auburnjunky

It was a foreign policy blunder nonetheless.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26321 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:26:59 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?

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26321 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:22:44 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.

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:17:32 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)

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10160 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 1:04:05 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.

Batmanners
Male, 18-29, Canada
 4012 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:59:04 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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