I recently wrote a post about Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, and since that wound up being a total disaster I started thinking about other military blunders….disasters that accomplished little and cost the lives of many.
Let’s look at the last 100 years or so…….
The first one that I thought about was a battle in World War One…..Gallipoli. An operation attempted by the allies to take on the Ottoman Empire….it was a total bust….
British General Sir Ian Hamilton might not have been a full-fledged ass, but he was certainly a bumbling Ferdinand the bull—shy, courteous and overly accommodating. Unfortunately, Lord Kitchener, Britain’s Secretary of State for War, gave him command of the 1915 invasion of Gallipoli—the amphibious landings by British, French and ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops intended to take Turkey, a German ally, out of the war. The campaign demanded an assertive, tactically brilliant, take-charge commander. Instead, the Allies got a kindly uncle who really didn’t want to interfere with his brigadier nephews.
There were others……
These battles are seldom brought when the study of war is taught….basically because they were failures and few want to know about the military’s failures.
Your history lesson is complete……more to come (insert heavy sighs)…