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  1. desert one
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    You left of that goof president Jimmy Carter

  2. merl
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    Custer should have stuck with attacking defenseless women and children while the men were away hunting, he was very good at that.

  3. Eric Smith
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    While Custer most certainly made mistakes at Little Bighorn it is difficult to count not taking Gatling guns as one of the them. The Gatling guns were on wheeled carriages which were difficult to move in the rough country of Montana. They had been left behind several days before. Custer’s biggest mistake was attacking 8-10,000 Indians with 500 soldiers due to shoddy pre-battle reconnaissance, although language difficulties with his Crow scouts may have played a significant role.
    The length of time between Custer’s force attacking the camp and their annihilation was pretty short, most likely less than an hour and possibly as short as 45 minutes. It’s extremely unlikely that the Gatling guns could’ve been used in any event.

  4. magic carpet
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    The order to walk across the Somme was given as the land between the trenches was both long and also uphill. The leaders believed that there would be little defense anyway due to the bombardments and so ordered the soldiers to walk so they would still be able to fight when they got to the enemy trenches. The idea that Haig was a bad general may be true of his ww1 leadership however it must be remembered that every general on the western front Haig, Foch, Pershing (ignored the lessons that the rest of the entente had learned), Hindenburg and Ludendorff were using the same tactics. As well as this Haig was considered by ww1 veterans to be a good leader and it wasn’t until 1960 (when the veterans began to die of old age) that historians began to criticize as there was no one to defend him. It must also be remembered that the french were begging for us to attack the German lines in order to relieve pressure from Verdun where to quote the french commander of Verdun “the game was up”.

  5. Genie in a Bottle
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    I have one that I think should be up in the order. August 1945 Pacific Theater, After delivering the atomic slug to Tinian, the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis was not given an escort, even though the war was still on, AND there were reports of Japanese subs in the area… Not to mention the fact that NO came looking for them after not reporting in for 5 days!

  6. Arthur
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    That would be Crecy 1346, not Poiters 1356 which I got mixed up.

  7. Arthur
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    The French knights at Crecy 1356 cutting down their allied Genoese crossbowmen was pretty damn stupid. Though, I’m not sure if that qualifies as an “order” for this list.

    King Guy marching his fully armored Hospitaller knights and men-at-arms through a waterless region at the hottest time of the year to Hattin in 1187. Saladin won of course and surviving knights were executed.

    Cornwallis marching his British troops into Virginia without orders placing his force in a compromising position. Guess who won at Yorktown in 1781?

    How about friendly fire from US aircraft attacking their own troops at Hamburger Hill? The media and American public loved that one.

  8. Smitty
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    Great instances pointed out here. Got another one:
    Ney’s Charge during the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon’s own General Ney commanded his cavalry to charge across a large open field against hundreds of British soldiers, many of whom were marksmen. Not so bad to start out. Cavalry charges against ground troops is ok. But after British marksmen shot a few hundred cavalrymen (and the horses from beneath them), Ney continued the charge, even though his remaining cavalry was slowed so much as to tip-toe around their fallen comrades. They became sitting ducks. Napoleon’s cavalry was all by completely wiped out and dealt a major blow to his army, eventually leading to his defeat.

  9. Peter Boucher
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    Well, I am very surprised about one thing about this list. How about Adolf Hitler two-facing and back stabbing the Russians. Both Germany and Russia were allies at first during World War II, but Hitler decided to take matters into his own hand and try to invade Russia. Let’s think about this for a couple of minutes, shall we ? One, invading a country that is 2 1/2 times the size of the United States. And two, fighting winter’s weather conditions of Russia in which some regions get to minus 50-60 below zero. In my opinion that goes beyond the realm of sheer stupidity. But then again, Hitler and his henchman we’re insanely sociopathic themselves

    1. magic carpet
      magic carpet at |

      Hitler and Stalin both knew that if they didn’t start the war the other one would the non-aggression pact was only a way for Hitler to get war material (oil,coal etc.) and for Stalin to get time to prepare. As well as this the pact only increased the chance of war as the two nations now share a large border. Also the only reason Stalin did not listen to warnings that the Germans were going to attack on the day of operation Barbarossa was that he had received numerous warnings that year and there was no reason to believe this one was true (I know you didn’t make that point but i often hear it)

      Instead of this I would say the decision not to intervene in Czechoslovakia in 1938 as Germany could have easily been defeated as Czechoslovakia had a stronger army but did not resist as it did not have French, British or Soviet support. If any of these countries had supported them then we would have seen a much smaller and shorter war in Europe.

      1. Peter Boucher
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        @ magic carpet. Well, that is something I never knew about. It would encapsulate decades or centuries before we find out what was really going through the minds of these evil people. If I may, I would like to recommend a movie to you that is extremely rare, unless you have it already. Its entitled “Operation Daybreak” and its all about the Czechoslavakia Resistance as the Nazi’s were closing in. It stars Timothy Bottoms. I had it, but then again you know what Yard Sales can do to a person who doesn’t know what he or she has.The ending is very tragic.

  10. Little_Sam
    Little_Sam at |

    How about the “Charge of the Light Brigade” during the Crimean War? I don’t remember exactly what happened, but I do remember what happened but I do remember it was pretty disastrous. By the way the phrase “do or die” is actually a misquote from Tennyson’s famous poem about this incident. The actual line goes

    Theirs not to reason why
    Theirs but to do and die

    True statement. In any case the “Charge of the Light Brigade” should be on this list somewhere.

  11. Usama
    Usama at |

    hahaha brilliant list!


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