History CurbStompBattle / RealLife

28th Aug '16 3:31:25 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chipyong-ni Battle of Chipyong-Ni]] is an even better example. 4,500 surrounded American [[GaulsWithGrenades and French]] soldiers in extremely well-prepared defenses[[note]]It took ten days for the Communists to realize that this group wasn't going to run like everyone else[[/note]] against an entire Chinese division of 25,000. The result was 6,000 Chinese bodies littering the hills[[note]]directly counted, the Communists had a habit of retrieving their fallen comrades under fire, and nobody counted the bodies left in the wake of supporting airstrikes in the surrounding valleys, so actual casualties are estimated to be ''2 to 3 times higher''[[/note]] against a mere 51 killed and 250 wounded on the UN side. Outnumbered 5-to-1, they managed a good 120:1 kill-to-death ratio.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chipyong-ni Battle of Chipyong-Ni]] is an even better example. 4,500 surrounded American [[GaulsWithGrenades [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades and French]] soldiers in extremely well-prepared defenses[[note]]It took ten days for the Communists to realize that this group wasn't going to run like everyone else[[/note]] against an entire Chinese division of 25,000. The result was 6,000 Chinese bodies littering the hills[[note]]directly counted, the Communists had a habit of retrieving their fallen comrades under fire, and nobody counted the bodies left in the wake of supporting airstrikes in the surrounding valleys, so actual casualties are estimated to be ''2 to 3 times higher''[[/note]] against a mere 51 killed and 250 wounded on the UN side. Outnumbered 5-to-1, they managed a good 120:1 kill-to-death ratio.
21st Aug '16 3:44:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kapyong The Battle of Kapyong]] in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar had the hastily put together brigade of [[CanucksWithChinooks Canadian]] and [[AussiesWithArtillery Australian]] soldiers to defend against an entire Chinese division. At one point, the Canadians even called down artillery fire on their own positions because they were so overwhelmed. And when an Australian major called a US general for backup, the general thought he was a spy, as he believed that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat all their soldiers there were wiped out.]] The battle ended with 31 Australians killed, 10 Canadians killed and ''over 1000 Chinese killed''.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kapyong The Battle of Kapyong]] in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar had the hastily put together brigade of [[CanucksWithChinooks [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canadian]] and [[AussiesWithArtillery [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australian]] soldiers to defend against an entire Chinese division. At one point, the Canadians even called down artillery fire on their own positions because they were so overwhelmed. And when an Australian major called a US general for backup, the general thought he was a spy, as he believed that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat all their soldiers there were wiped out.]] The battle ended with 31 Australians killed, 10 Canadians killed and ''over 1000 Chinese killed''.
15th Aug '16 12:49:35 PM boomvroomshroom
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** The 3rd Mongol invasion of Vietnam in 1288 was completely destroyed at the Battle of Bach Dang River, where Vietnamese general Tran Huong Dao lured the entire Mongol navy into a trap of metal-tipped bamboo pikes just as the tide was going out. Whatever ships weren't sunk by the pikes were burnt by fire arrows and burning barges, and those who didn't drown in the river were hacked to pieces by hidden reserve forces on the riverbed. With their army destroyed, their supply line overextended from scorched earth tactics, and the morale of the troops low after months of tropical fever, the Mongols were forced to retreat, being harassed by guerrilla forces the entire way back. It would be the last time the Mongols ever set foot in Vietnam.
9th Aug '16 5:27:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austro-Prussian_War The Seven Weeks War (or Austro-Prussian War)]] of 1866. On the left, representing 600 years of Habsburg might and majesty, we have the Austrian Empire! On the right, we have the upstart Kingdom of Prussia, led by OttoVonBismarck! This will be a lively, close battle and…oh, wait, Austria's already down for the count.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austro-Prussian_War The Seven Weeks War (or Austro-Prussian War)]] of 1866. On the left, representing 600 years of Habsburg might and majesty, we have the Austrian Empire! On the right, we have the upstart Kingdom of Prussia, led by OttoVonBismarck! UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck! This will be a lively, close battle and…oh, wait, Austria's already down for the count.
22nd Jul '16 8:41:42 AM Prfnoff
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** Subverted in the famed engagement between Task Force 77.3 (AKA "Taffy 3"), a small American force of escort carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts, and Admiral Kurita's Center Force, a large force of battleships and cruisers, during the Battle off Samar. What should have been one of the most brutal curb stomps in modern naval history (Taffy 3's carriers did not even carry armor-piercing bombs or torpedos for use against capital ships) ended in a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Japanese retreat]] despite heavy American losses.
*** Essentially, the small force fought back so aggressively, with destroyers closing to point-blank range to launch torpedos and try to cause ''some'' damage to the enemy ships with their guns, and fighters and bombers harassing the ship's gunners with fragmentation bombs and strafing runs that the Japanese assumed that they were merely delaying Center Force while reinforcements rushed to the scene. In reality, this was merely a case of the task force commanders finding themselves backed into a wall.
15th Jul '16 9:49:08 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* Even more damaging was the "Pickett's Charge of the West" in the Battle of Franklin, during John Bell Hood's Nashville Campaign in November 1864. Hood massed 20,000 of his troops (more than two-thirds of his entire strength) for a massed infantry assault against the Union center, even more men than Pickett had at Gettysburg, and without anything near the artillery support. Naturally it was a bloodbath; Hood was repulsed with 6,252 casualties, including six generals killed and seven more wounded or captured. The action virtually annihilated Hood's army, which was destroyed in the Union counterattack at Nashville two weeks later.
* The Union suffered comparable catastrophes elsewhere in the war, notably the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. The initial Union attack on the Confederate right broke through the Southern lines, but dithering by Northern commanders and timely Confederate reinforcements prevented a decisive victory. Union commander Ambrose Burnside ordered what was initially a diversionary assault against the Confederates entrenched on Marye's Heights to the left, which (thanks to Burnside's mismanagement) became the focal point of the fighting. Fourteen assaults and 12,000 Union casualties later, the Confederates still held their positions, at a cost of only 4,200 men.
5th Jul '16 5:12:15 PM nombretomado
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** Also of note, the one who led them to "victory" was a certain officer named AndrewJackson.

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** Also of note, the one who led them to "victory" was a certain officer named AndrewJackson.UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson.
1st Jul '16 4:39:11 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* The Ethiopians suffered their own against Britain at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Magdala Battle of Magdala]] in April 1869. Despite being outnumbered by the British, and having an advantageous defensive position in the cliffs surrounding Magdala, King Tewodros II (Theodore) declined his generals' advice to ambush the enemy and simply launched a ZergRush. In the ensuing battle, Tewodros suffered 1,900 casualties, including 700 killed outright. The British lost just two killed and twenty wounded.
14th Jun '16 5:26:29 PM KeithM
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*** The lesson of the battle was a trained group of soldiers acting in cooperation with each other (the English knights and archers who acted as a combined-arms unit) will almost always be able to deal with a ZergRush of a large group of individuals.
28th May '16 10:49:32 AM erforce
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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the seventh-generation consoles. While Nintendo Wii came out on top with 100 million consoles sold, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were not too far behind with around 80 million consoles both.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the seventh-generation consoles. While Nintendo Wii came out on top with 100 million consoles sold, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 were not too far behind with around 80 million consoles both.
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