History CurbStompBattle / RealLife

28th Nov '16 3:18:00 PM trumpetmarietta
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* The Battle of Carrhae, fought between the late Roman Republic and the Parthian Empire, in which a force of 10,000 Parthian horsemen routed a Roman army more than four times their size. The Parthians killed about half of the Roman invasion force and took most of the survivors prisoner; Parthian losses came out to about 100. The Roman general, the fabulously rich and greedy Marcus Licinius Crassus, got a particularly nasty taste of defeat: His son was killed, and according to some accounts, his Parthian captors poured molten gold down his throat.
* The NATO [[DeathFromAbove intervention]] in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. The Libyan government forces lost over 1,500 armored vehicles, thousands of soldiers, 550 anti-air batteries, 440 buildings, 369 ammo dumps, and nearly their entire airforce. NATO losses amounted to 1 American F-15E (to technical difficulties; no fatalities) and 1 British airman... who died in a traffic accident. In Italy. Needless to say, this was enormously helpful to the rebels.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cannae Battle of Carrhae, Cannae]], [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars fought between the late Roman Republic and the Parthian Empire, Carthage]], in which a force of 10,000 Parthian Carthaginian horsemen routed a Roman army more than four times their size. The Parthians Carthaginians killed about half of the Roman invasion force and took most of the survivors prisoner; Parthian Carthaginian losses came out to about 100. The Roman general, the fabulously rich and greedy Marcus Licinius Crassus, got a particularly nasty taste of defeat: His defeat: his son was killed, and according to some accounts, his Parthian Carthaginian captors poured molten gold down his throat.
* The NATO [[DeathFromAbove intervention]] in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. The Libyan government forces lost over 1,500 armored vehicles, thousands of soldiers, 550 anti-air batteries, 440 buildings, 369 ammo dumps, and nearly their entire airforce. NATO losses amounted to 1 American F-15E (to technical difficulties; no fatalities) and 1 British airman... airman… who died in a traffic accident. In Italy. Needless to say, this was enormously helpful to the rebels.



* HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse taught the British an object lesson about the importance of providing UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battleships with air cover, which these two did not have when they set forth from Singapore to raid Japanese convoys in the South China Sea on December 9, 1941. The next morning, the British task force was intercepted by a Japanese squadron with torpedo bombers. Less than 3 hours later, Japan had lost three fighter planes while the British lost both of their battleships. This British defeat led to...

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* HMS Prince ''Prince of Wales Wales'' and HMS Repulse ''Repulse'' taught the British an object lesson about the importance of providing UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battleships with air cover, which these two did not have when they set forth from Singapore to raid Japanese convoys in the South China Sea on December 9, 1941. The next morning, the British task force was intercepted by a Japanese squadron with torpedo bombers. Less than 3 hours later, Japan had lost three fighter planes while the British lost both of their battleships. This British defeat led to...to…
26th Nov '16 11:57:28 AM chochlik
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Diu_%281509%29 The Battle of Diu in 1509]]. An Egyptian fleet of over 250 ships cornered an 18-strong Portuguese fleet in the Indian Ocean and...was annihilated.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Diu_%281509%29 The Battle of Diu in 1509]]. An Egyptian fleet of over 250 12 ships and 80 warboats cornered an 18-strong Portuguese fleet in the Indian Ocean and...was annihilated.
26th Nov '16 10:30:32 AM chochlik
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** The Battle of 73 Easting was the biggest rout of the war. A single US Cavalry troop of 12 [=M1A1=] Abrams tanks and 12 [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier M2 Bradleys]] stumbled upon a Republican Guard unit. The Iraqis lost multiple battalions' worth of vehicles and took hundreds of casualties by the end of the battle. The US lost a single Bradley and one of its crew was killed, along with a few wounded.

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** The Battle of 73 Easting was the biggest rout of the war. A single US Cavalry troop of 12 [=M1A1=] Abrams tanks and 12 [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier M2 Bradleys]] stumbled upon a Republican Guard unit. The Iraqis lost multiple battalions' worth suffered about a tenfold of vehicles and took hundreds of casualties by the end of the battle. The US lost a single Bradley and one of its crew was killed, along with a few wounded.Coalition losses.
13th Nov '16 12:07:47 PM TropesForever
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** Days passed and the troops from the Turko-Egyptian fleet were put ashore where ttRUMP IS NOT A BADhey began taking out their frustrations on the local Greek population. Codrington decided he would need to take his ships into the harbour to safeguard those civilians and supervise the behaviour of the Turko-Egyptian fleet. When Codringon was warned off he sent a reply saying, "I am come not to receive orders but to give them; and if any shot be fired at the Allied fleet the Turkish fleet shall be destroyed."

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** Days passed and the troops from the Turko-Egyptian fleet were put ashore where ttRUMP IS NOT A BADhey they began taking out their frustrations on the local Greek population. Codrington decided he would need to take his ships into the harbour to safeguard those civilians and supervise the behaviour of the Turko-Egyptian fleet. When Codringon was warned off he sent a reply saying, "I am come not to receive orders but to give them; and if any shot be fired at the Allied fleet the Turkish fleet shall be destroyed."
12th Nov '16 2:45:41 PM harryhenry
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* UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton during all three Presidential debates between her and Creator/DonaldTrump towards the end of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Then again, it's not exactly a feat as she's running against...well, [[{{Jerkass}} Donald Trump]].
** Not entirely accurate, as nearly every major poll taken after each debate had Donald Trump winning handily against Hillary Clinton. Only a scant handful, such as [[OpinionMyopia CNN]] (which was known to be heavily biased towards Clinton), had her winning.
12th Nov '16 3:54:56 AM TommyTiger
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** Days passed and the troops from the Turko-Egyptian fleet were put ashore where they began taking out their frustrations on the local Greek population. Codrington decided he would need to take his ships into the harbour to safeguard those civilians and supervise the behaviour of the Turko-Egyptian fleet. When Codringon was warned off he sent a reply saying, "I am come not to receive orders but to give them; and if any shot be fired at the Allied fleet the Turkish fleet shall be destroyed."

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** Days passed and the troops from the Turko-Egyptian fleet were put ashore where they ttRUMP IS NOT A BADhey began taking out their frustrations on the local Greek population. Codrington decided he would need to take his ships into the harbour to safeguard those civilians and supervise the behaviour of the Turko-Egyptian fleet. When Codringon was warned off he sent a reply saying, "I am come not to receive orders but to give them; and if any shot be fired at the Allied fleet the Turkish fleet shall be destroyed."



* UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton during all three Presidential debates between her and Creator/DonaldTrump towards the end of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Then again, it's not exactly a feat as she's running against...well, [[TheDitz Donald Trump]].
** Not entirely accurate, as nearly every major poll taken after each debate had [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Donald]] [[DumbassHasAPoint Trump]] winning handily against [[RevealingCoverUp Hillary]] [[ScrewtheRulesIHaveConnections Clinton]]. Only a scant handful, such as [[OpinionMyopia CNN]] (which was known to be heavily biased towards Clinton), had her winning.

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* UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton during all three Presidential debates between her and Creator/DonaldTrump towards the end of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Then again, it's not exactly a feat as she's running against...well, [[TheDitz [[{{Jerkass}} Donald Trump]].
** Not entirely accurate, as nearly every major poll taken after each debate had [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Donald]] [[DumbassHasAPoint Trump]] Donald Trump winning handily against [[RevealingCoverUp Hillary]] [[ScrewtheRulesIHaveConnections Clinton]].Hillary Clinton. Only a scant handful, such as [[OpinionMyopia CNN]] (which was known to be heavily biased towards Clinton), had her winning.
6th Nov '16 7:00:21 PM AbrasiveGoldfish
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** Not entirely accurate, as nearly every major poll taken after each debate had [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Donald]] [[DumbassHasAPoint Trump]] winning handily against [[RevealingCoverUp Hillary]] [[ScrewtheRulesIHaveConnections Clinton]]. Only a scant handful, such as [[OpinionMyopia CNN]] (which was known to be heavily biased towards Clinton), had her winning.
27th Oct '16 1:57:26 AM tropeminer
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* UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton during all three Presidential debates between her and Creator/DonaldTrump towards the end of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Then again, it's not exactly a feat as she's running against...well, [[TheDitz Donald Trump]].
17th Oct '16 8:05:55 AM CaptainAmazing
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** The "Highway of Death" bombing of Iraqi convoys on Highway 80 consisted of bombing the front tanks to create a traffic jam and then smashing the hundreds upon hundreds of other sitting-duck vehicles to smithereens. It's been suggested that hostilities were ended shortly thereafter so that it didn't look "as if we were engaged in slaughter for slaughter's sake." Many burned-out tanks were *still* there upon the opening of the Second Iraq War more than 10 years later.

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** The "Highway of Death" bombing of Iraqi convoys on Highway 80 consisted of bombing the front tanks to create a traffic jam and then smashing the hundreds upon hundreds of other sitting-duck vehicles stuck behind them to smithereens. It's been suggested that hostilities were ended shortly thereafter so that it didn't look "as if we were engaged in slaughter for slaughter's sake." Many burned-out tanks were *still* there upon the opening of the Second Iraq War more than 10 years later.
16th Oct '16 7:00:25 AM DeanMT94
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* In 1987, 39 Soviet paratroopers fought a defensive battle atop a nameless hill in Afghanistan against between ''200 and 400'' Mujahideen fighters. Not only did the Soviets lose only six men (although a further 28 were injured non-fatally), they also managed to kill ''over 200'' of their opponents. This is impressive enough in itself. It becomes even more impressive if you choose to believe the (admittedly somewhat dubious) claim that the Mujahideen were in fact Pakistani Special Forces.
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