Great Military Blunders

Great Military Blunders
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0233005099
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Release: 2017-02
Editor: Madcap
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"From ancient times to the Bay of Pigs and the Falklands War, military history has been marked as much by misjudgements and incompetence as by gallantry and glory. In this fascinating and entertaining collection, author Geoffrey Regan recounts some of the staggering stories of military blunder. His anecdotes encompass every aspect of warfare from the insanity of commanders to the provision of inadequate supplies."--Back cover.

Military Blunders

Military Blunders
Author: Saul David
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781780338613
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Release: 2012-09-06
Editor: Constable
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Retelling the most spectacular cock-ups in military history, this graphic account has a great deal to say about the psychology of military incompetence and the reasons even the most well-oiled military machines inflict disaster upon themselves. Beginning in AD9 with the massacre of Varus and his legions in the Black Forest all the way up to present day conflict in Afghanistan it analyses why things go wrong on the battlefield and who is to blame.

Great Military Disasters

Great Military Disasters
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0871315378
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Release: 1987
Editor: M Evans & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The first section of Great Military Diasters is devoted to a wide-ranging survey of the three different levels--politics, planning and command--that if not properly executed or considered can and often do lead to disaster. In all three areas he cites fascinating and at times horrifying examples of incompetence from the earliest times to the present to illuminate his insights. Hitler's failure to enlist the support of the national minorities in the Soviet Union against Stalin cost the Germans victory in the East. During the American Revolution, the British stubbornly kept their red-coated troops in squares. They could not have made more inviting targets. And it is hard to believe that the Battle of the Somme was even considered, much less fought. The second section contains more detailed studies of individual battles and campaigns to show the calamitous effects of military incompetence. The rigid and foolish regulations of the British commissariat caused thousands to freeze to death or to die of malnutrition in the Crimea. The petty squabbling and failure of nerve among Grant's commanders at the Battle of the Crater turned a brilliant engineering feat that could have ended the Civil War into a scandalous slaughter of the Union Forces. Characterized by political confusion and indecisiveness, the Suez Operation of 1956 "began in chaos and ended in fiasco."

Great Military Disasters

Great Military Disasters
Author: Julian Spilsbury
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781784292157
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Release: 2015-04-02
Editor: Quercus Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Great Military Disasters tells the dramatic stories behind the world's most calamitous conflicts. From the French army's failure to understand the impact of new technology at Crécy to Hitler's blatant overconfidence at Stalingrad, military historian Julian Spilsbury provides thrilling accounts of each disaster, covering exactly what went wrong, how and why. Of course, a disastrous outcome for one side meant victory for another, so as well as exploring the reasons the conflict ended in disaster, Great Military Disasters also reveals the key to victory. Eyewitness quotations add another dimension to this intriguing study of human incompetence of the gravest kind.

Great Military Blunders

Great Military Blunders
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Pages: 272
ISBN: 1781776024
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Release: 2017
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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How to Lose a Battle

How to Lose a Battle
Author: Bill Fawcett
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780061976940
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Release: 2009-10-06
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A remarkable compendium of the worst military decisions and the men who made them The annals of history are littered with horribly bad military leaders. These combat incompetents found amazing ways to ensure their army's defeat. Whether it was a lack of proper planning, miscalculation, ego, bad luck, or just plain stupidity, certain wartime stratagems should never have left the drawing board. Written with wit, intelligence, and eminent readability, How to Lose a Battle pays dubious homage to these momentous and bloody blunders, including: Cannae, 216 B.C.: the bumbling Romans lose 80,000 troops to Hannibal's forces. The Second Crusade: an entire Christian army is slaughtered when it stops for a drink of water. The Battle of Britain: Hitler's dreaded Luftwaffe blows it big-time. Pearl Harbor: more than one warning of the impending attack is there, but nobody listens. How to Lose a Battle includes more than thirty-five chapters worth of astonishing (and avoidable) disasters, both infamous and obscure -- a treasure trove of trivia, history, and jaw-dropping facts about the most costly military missteps ever taken.

How to Lose a War

How to Lose a War
Author: Bill Fawcett
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780061900709
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Release: 2009-08-11
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with truly disastrous military campaigns. How to Lose a War chronicles some of the most remarkable strategic catastrophes and doomed military adventures of overreaching invaders and clueless defenders—whether the failure was a result of poor planning, miscalculations, monumental ego, or failed intelligence . . . or just a really stupid idea to begin with. Alexander invades India—and ends up in deep vindaloo. Sacre bleu! The French are humiliated by Prussia in 1870. spain's "invincible navy" breaks up off the coast of britain while attempting an invasion. the mau mau rebellion against the british in kenya shows us how not to run an insurgency. Chiang Kai-Shek's pathetic army fails to keep Mao's Communists from grabbing China.

Military Blunders

Military Blunders
Author: Michael Coffey
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0786884703
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Release: 2000-09-06
Editor: Hyperion
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Argues that human error by military and civilian commanders caused defeat and turned the tide of war, providing examples such as the sinking of the Lusitania and the invasion of Kuwait.

The 100 Worst Military Disasters in History

The 100 Worst Military Disasters in History
Author: John T. Kuehn,David W. Holden
Pages: 389
ISBN: 9781440862694
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Release: 2020-01-31
Editor: ABC-CLIO
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The 100 Worst Military Disasters in History is a fascinating collection that educators, students, and historians will all find useful in helping them understand the causes and consequences of the most infamous military failures in history. The dynamics of military disaster are equally, if not more, important as understanding how to achieve success on the battlefield. This comprehensive book covers the complete gamut of human history as it tells the compelling stories of the worst military debacles of all time. It covers battles, campaigns, and wars, starting with the ancient Persians and Greeks and finishing with the U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not limited to land warfare, however, the book also includes a number of the most disastrous naval engagements and campaigns in world history. The 100 Worst Military Disasters in History opens with a detailed introduction illuminating the role military strategy and politics played in some of the worst battlefield failures throughout history. The entries are augmented with several engaging sidebars related to various military disasters. This eclectic collection includes coverage of many lesser known military disasters such as the Taiping Rebellion, during which 20 times more Chinese died than the number of people killed in the American Civil War. Provides readers with a global collection of the worst military disasters in history Offers a broad chronological review of military disasters across multiple conflicts Includes engaging sidebars that augment the entries Provides readers with an extensive resource list for further reading

Blinders Blunders and Wars

Blinders  Blunders  and Wars
Author: David C. Gompert,Hans Binnendijk,Bonny Lin
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9780833087782
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Release: 2014-11-26
Editor: Rand Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The history of wars caused by misjudgments, from Napoleon’s invasion of Russia to America’s invasion of Iraq, reveals that leaders relied on cognitive models that were seriously at odds with objective reality. Blinders, Blunders, and Wars analyzes eight historical examples of strategic blunders regarding war and peace and four examples of decisions that turned out well, and then applies those lessons to the current Sino-American case.

Scottish Military Disasters

Scottish Military Disasters
Author: Paul Cowan
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781906476588
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Release: 2011-06-30
Editor: Neil Wilson Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Scotland's reputation as a nation proud of its military history betrays the fact that the past is littered with catastrophes and failures. From the time of the Roman invasions until the Korean War, Scotland's military history is testament to the fact that victories are always talked up and recorded, but disasters are quietly forgotten. In all some 32 episodes of Scottish battlefield ineptitude are investigated by journalist Paul Cowan. These are: A Desolation Called Peace: Mons Graupius 83 or 84AD; Dance If You Can: Falkirk 1298, The Fool Killer: Faughart 1318; The Loser: Vermeuil 1424; Renaissance Man: Flodden 1513; Massacre in Norway: Kringen 1612; The Death March: Dunbar 1650; The Braw Lads: Namur 1695; The Auld Enemies: Culloden 1746; Death Prophesied: Ticonderoga 1758; Headless Horror: Fort du Querne 1758; No Tea Party: Boston 1776; King George and Broadswords: Moore's Creek 1776; Rocketmen: Pollilur 1780; The World Turned Upside Down: Cowpens 1781; The Will of Allah: El Hamet 1807; The Stonewall Highlanders: New Orleans 1815; Women and Children First: The Birkenhead 1852; Walpole's Folly: Ruiya 1858; Mountain Madness: Majuba 1881; Highland Humiliation: Magersfontein 1899; In Dublin's Fair City 1914; Infirmary Blues: Bedford 1914; A Signal Disaster: Gretna 1915; Blooding the Pups: Gully Ravine 1915; Courage is Not Enough: St Valery 1940; The Fighting French: Lebanon 1941; The Fleet of Foot: Hong Kong 1941; The Cossacks: Austria 1945; Malaysian Massacre: Batang Kali 1948; A Hill in Korea: Nantong River 1950.

How to Lose a War at Sea

How to Lose a War at Sea
Author: Bill Fawcett
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062069085
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Release: 2013-09-24
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An engrossing compendium of high-seas military disasters From the days of the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, battles have been bungled just as badly on water as they have been on land. Some blunders were the result of insufficient planning, overinflated egos, espionage, or miscalculations; others were caused by ideas that didn't hold water in the first place. In glorious detail, here are thirty-three of history's worst maritime mishaps, including: The British Royal Navy's misguided attempts to play it safe during the American Revolution The short life and death of the Imperial Japanese Navy The scuttling of the Graf Spee by a far inferior force The sinking of the Nazi megaship Bismarck "Remember the Maine!"—the lies that started the Spanish-American War Admiral Nelson losing track of Napoleon but redeeming himself at the Nile The ANZAC disaster at Gallipoli Germany's failed WWII campaign in the North Atlantic Kennedy's quarantine of Cuba Chock-full of amazing facts and hilarious trivia, How to Lose a War at Sea is the most complete volume of nautical failures ever assembled.

Great Military Blunders

Great Military Blunders
Author: Park Lane Books
Pages: 64
ISBN: 1906969264
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Release: 2013-08
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This title features a selection of the greatest military blunders throughout history. It contains the answers as it looks at what lay behind the disasters at Balaclava, Agincourt, Antietam, the Philippines, and many more. Shocking and incredible, in many cases the blunders might seem almost laughable were it not for the terrible suffering and loss that they created.

On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence

On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence
Author: M Dixon,Norman F Dixon
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781446475737
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Release: 2011-09-30
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This unique and penetrating book surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War, through the Boer conflict, to the disasterous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second. It examines the social psychology of military organizations, provides case studies of individual commanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster. Absorbing and original, this is the definitive history of military failures.

Arrogant Armies

Arrogant Armies
Author: James M. Perry
Pages: 314
ISBN: IND:30000115656500
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Release: 2005
Editor: Castle Books Incorporated
Language: en

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Snafu

Snafu
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Pages: 295
ISBN: WISC:89065702201
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Release: 1994
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Brassey s Book of Military Blunders

The Brassey s Book of Military Blunders
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Pages: 187
ISBN: 157488252X
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Release: 2000
Editor: Potomac Books Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A look at a history that has been marked as much by incompetence as by gallantry and glory. Find out which general believed he was pregnant with an elephant and which British cruiser torpedoed itself.

A Short History of the Great War

A Short History of the Great War
Author: A. F. Pollard
Pages: 829
ISBN: EAN:4057664646668
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Release: 2019-11-21
Editor: Good Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A Short History of the Great War" by A. F. Pollard. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

History s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

History s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach
Author: Gregory S. Aldrete
Pages: 176
ISBN: 1501915282
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Release: 2015
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Despite military conflicts tragic cost, many battles are regarded as great triumphs, while others are nearly universally declared blunders. What qualifies such battles for special condemnation -- or inquiry, for that matter? Why focus on failure at all?

Great Military Blunders

Great Military Blunders
Author: Instinctive Editorial
Pages: 64
ISBN: 1464301832
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Release: 2012-01-01
Editor: JG Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Read all about huge military mishaps in this beautifully illustrated presentation wallet which contains a 64 page full color book and six ready-to-frame 8x10" prints.