History CurbStompBattle / RealLife

20th Feb '18 7:53:09 AM Albert3105
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** To make the defeat even more shameful, Elphinstone abandoned his army to its fate ''during the battle'' and surrendered himself to the Afghan leader Akbar Khan. The Afghans, perhaps disgusted with the feeble, sickly old coward, left him to die in a dungeon. Eventually, his remains were sent to British India, where he was buried in an unmarked grave.
18th Feb '18 11:55:39 AM Albert3105
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* 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 twin-engine bomber planes while the British lost both of their battleships. This British defeat led to…
** To be fair, the British did not have ''any'' working anti-aircraft gunnery. Their HACS fire control system, which had proved working in colder Atlantic and Mediterranean, [[DidNotThinkThisThrough broke in the hot and humid Equatorial climate]]: likewise the 40 mm shells had suffered badly from the heat and humidity, leading into malfunctions. They could effectively have thrown rocks at the attacking bombers.
** The loss of HMS Prince of Wales was due to an increcibly lucky hit. One Japanese torpedo had hit the 'A' shaped propeller support strut at stern, meaning the revolving propeller basically went berserk. It tore the stern open and broke the stern tube and watertight gland, letting seawater in. The seawater flooded the generators and dynamos, cutting off any electric current, basically paralyzing the ship. Without this lucky hit, it is likely HMS Prince of Wales could have survived the incident - battered and beaten, yes, but floating.

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* 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 twin-engine bomber planes while the British lost both of their battleships. This British defeat led to…\n** To be fair, the British did not have ''any'' working anti-aircraft gunnery. Their HACS fire control system, which had proved working in colder Atlantic and Mediterranean, [[DidNotThinkThisThrough broke in the hot and humid Equatorial climate]]: likewise the 40 mm shells had suffered badly from the heat and humidity, leading into malfunctions. They could effectively have thrown rocks at The next morning, the attacking bombers.
** The loss
British task force was intercepted by a Japanese squadron with torpedo bombers. Less than 3 hours later, Japan had lost three twin-engine bomber planes. But unfortunately for the British, they lost both of their battleships, with the HMS Prince ''Prince of Wales was due to an increcibly lucky hit. One Wales'' in particular being downed by a(n) (un)lucky Japanese torpedo had hit the 'A' shaped propeller support strut at stern, meaning the revolving propeller basically went berserk. It tore the stern open and broke the stern tube and watertight gland, letting seawater in. The seawater flooded the generators and dynamos, cutting off any electric current, basically paralyzing the ship. Without this lucky hit, it is likely HMS Prince of Wales could have survived the incident - battered and beaten, yes, but floating.to a propeller. This British defeat led to…
17th Feb '18 1:20:12 AM nombretomado
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** Repeated again in the EighthGeneration. As of December 2017, the PlayStation4 has sold over 70 million units. Meanwhile, the WiiU sold just over 13 million, while Microsoft stopped releasing sales figures for the XboxOne in 2014, a year after the console's launch, implying that they were less than pleased with its sales. With the release of the NintendoSwitch and Xbox One X in 2017, Nintendo and Microsoft are trying to regain some of their lost market share, though it remains to seen how successful each of them will be.

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** Repeated again in the EighthGeneration. As of December 2017, the PlayStation4 UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 has sold over 70 million units. Meanwhile, the WiiU sold just over 13 million, while Microsoft stopped releasing sales figures for the XboxOne in 2014, a year after the console's launch, implying that they were less than pleased with its sales. With the release of the NintendoSwitch and Xbox One X in 2017, Nintendo and Microsoft are trying to regain some of their lost market share, though it remains to seen how successful each of them will be.
15th Feb '18 8:16:05 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* Mister Rogers may be the real-life embodiment of the AllLovingHero, but as the Ku Klux Klan once found out the hard way, [[BewareTheNiceOnes he's not to be trifled with]]. The one time he flipped his shit, it was in response to a dirty tactic they used to spread their pro-bigotry message, involving an impersonator of him. Suffice it to say, it took exactly one day for him to obtain a restraining order against the Klan.
8th Feb '18 7:47:57 AM Boggs
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*** In addition to the carriers being missed entirely, (they weren't even ''there'' that day) Admirals Nagumo and Yamamoto opted not to launch the third wave of the attack, (they had lost the element of surprise by then) meaning not only did the Japanese miss the onshore fuel reserves, but also the dry docks and the sub pens were left untouched. [[PrideBeforeAFall It was generally thought that the blow at Pearl would be decisive and cow the Americans into suing for peace, and that actually hitting these targets would be unnessary.]]

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*** In addition to the carriers being missed entirely, (they weren't even ''there'' that day) Admirals Nagumo and Yamamoto opted not to launch the third wave of the attack, (they had lost the element of surprise by then) meaning not only did the Japanese miss the onshore fuel reserves, but also the dry docks and the sub pens were left untouched. [[PrideBeforeAFall It was generally thought that the blow at Pearl would be decisive and cow the Americans into suing for peace, and that actually hitting these targets would be unnessary.unnecessary.]]
22nd Jan '18 1:41:20 PM ironballs16
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** Most of the British casualties were suffered in the first ''half-hour.'' Hardest hit was the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, which - unable to reach its own front line because the British communication trenches were jammed with casualties - went up and over the trenches in full view of a regiment's worth of machine guns. Most of them didn't even reach the ''jumping-off point.'' The unit took 90% casualties in twenty minutes. Most chillingly, the battle wasn't a curb-stomp in the end - the Allies "won" in the end. Thing is, in WWI, defenders were always going to suffer far fewer casualties than attackers, and the Somme was unique only when it comes to scale. The Allied commanders knew exactly what they were sending their men into - but nobody had any idea how to completely shift the paradigm of war to break the deadlock.

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** Most of the British casualties were suffered in the first ''half-hour.'' Hardest hit was the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, which - unable to reach its own front line because the British communication trenches were jammed with casualties - went up and over the trenches in full view of a regiment's worth of machine guns. Most of them didn't even reach the ''jumping-off point.'' The unit took 90% casualties in twenty minutes. Most chillingly, the battle wasn't a curb-stomp in the end - the Allies "won" in the end. Thing is, in WWI, defenders were always going to suffer far fewer casualties than attackers, and the Somme was unique only when it comes to scale. [[WeHaveReserves The Allied commanders knew exactly what they were sending their men into into]] - but nobody [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer had any idea how to completely shift the paradigm of war war]] to break the deadlock.
19th Jan '18 9:23:19 PM 64SuperNintendo
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*** That's what happens when the Asian giant hornet invades a hive of European honeybees. But, when the scout comes to a hive of native ''Japanese'' honeybees... [[http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals/bugs-animals/bees-and-wasps/bees_vs_hornet/ the bees do a curbstomping of their own]], since they've learned to ZergRush the hornets. The bees instinctively know that the Giant Japanese Hornets will slaughter the hive and kill off as many bees as possible before they leave... so that's why the deal with the scout. The hornets send out scouts to mark hives so the rest of the nest will attack so the bees have evolved to combat this. Japanese honeybees swarm the body of the scout hornet and begin to stimulate their flight muscles to warm themselves up to 46 °C (115 °F). While the individual bee can survive temperatures of 50 °C (122 °F) the hornet is cooked alive while she suffocates from the excess carbon dioxide the the living ball of bees.

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*** That's what happens when the Asian giant hornet invades a hive of European honeybees. But, when the scout comes to a hive of native ''Japanese'' honeybees... [[http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals/bugs-animals/bees-and-wasps/bees_vs_hornet/ the bees do a curbstomping of their own]], since they've learned to ZergRush the hornets. The bees instinctively know that the Giant Japanese Hornets will slaughter the hive and kill off as many bees as possible before they leave... so that's why the they deal with the scout. The hornets send out scouts to mark hives so that the rest of the nest will attack attack, so the bees have evolved to combat this. Japanese honeybees swarm the body of the scout hornet and begin to stimulate their flight muscles to warm themselves up to 46 °C (115 °F). While the individual bee can survive temperatures of 50 °C (122 °F) the hornet is cooked alive while she suffocates from the excess carbon dioxide the from the living ball of bees.
18th Jan '18 12:18:36 PM NogaiKhan
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** The Spanish did manage to win a few battles of their own…
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tayacoba Battle of Rio Tallabacoa]] (mispronounced: Tayacoba) which had 100 Spanish infantry beat 30 American/Cuban infantry and 1 gunboat with the Americans/Cubans suffering 1 casualty and 7 wounded compared to no Spanish losses, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rio_Manimani Battle of Rio Manimani]] which had 1,000 Spanish cavalry beatdown 250 American/Cuban infantry and 12 cavalry with the Americans/Cubans suffering 3 casualties and 10 wounded compared to the Spanish suffering 12 wounded, but perhaps the most impressive CurbStompBattle the Spanish dealt was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Aguadores Battle of the Aguadores]] in which the Spanish with only 274 infantry forced a withdrawal of 2,400 American/Cuban regulars, 300 guerrilleros, 1 cruiser and 2 gunboats with the Americans/Cubans suffering 2 dead and 10 wounded compared to NO Spanish losses.
18th Jan '18 2:34:27 AM NogaiKhan
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* The entire UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar was this – it was over in just 10 weeks, during which the Spanish lost every single battle. Over the course of the entire war, the U.S. suffered about 360 casualties, compared to over 3,500 casualties for the Spanish!

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* The entire UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar was this – it was over in just 10 weeks, during which the Spanish lost every single battle. Over the course of the entire war, the U.S. suffered about 360 4,000 casualties, compared to over 3,500 56,000 casualties for the Spanish!Spanish! The latter included 40,000 prisoners of war. The Spanish Navy also lost 11 cruisers, 2 destroyers, and 6 other ships. On the other end, the number of ships the Americans lost was... none.
1st Jan '18 12:40:12 PM dlchen145
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*** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Las_Guasimas Battle of Las Guasimas]] (with 1,500 Spanish infantry and 2 field guns almost defeated 964 Americans with 3 Hotchkiss guns and 800 Cuban rebels had the Spanish not withdrawn to escort a convoy carrying wounded troops) was indecisive at best with both sides claiming victory since the Spanish initially halted the American/Cuban advance and inflicted higher casualties but then inexplicably withdrew towards Santiago instead of "profiting from the sharp reverse inflicted on the Americans" and the results were 7 Spanish casualties and 24 wounded compared to 16 American and Cuban casualties and 52 wounded.
*** Even the two famous American/Cuban "victories" of El Caney and San Juan Hill came at a heavy price for the allied Americans and Cubans and both battles saw heavily outnumbered Spanish deal higher casualties to the allies. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_El_Caney Battle of El Caney]] had 520 Spanish regulars and 100 irregulars nearly defeat 6,653 Americans and 3,000 Cubans with the results being 38 Spanish killed, 138 wounded and 160 captured compared to 81 Americans/Cubans killed and 360 wounded. The famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_San_Juan_Hill Battle of San Juan Hill]] was also almost a defeat for the allies and had 581-800 Spanish infantry with another 120-600 counter-attack almost beat 8,412 Americans and 3,000 Cubans with the results being either 114 or 658 Spanish killed, 366 wounded and 2 captured compared to 144 or 2,000 Americans/Cubans killed, 951-1,024 wounded and 72 missing!
*** While some CurbStompBattle that the Spanish gave to the allied Americans and Cubans included: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tayacoba Battle of Rio Tallabacoa]] (mispronounced: Tayacoba) which had 100 Spanish infantry beat 30 American/Cuban infantry and 1 gunboat with the Americans/Cubans suffering 1 casualty and 7 wounded compared to no Spanish losses, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rio_Manimani Battle of Rio Manimani]] which had 1,000 Spanish cavalry beatdown 250 American/Cuban infantry and 12 cavalry with the Americans/Cubans suffering 3 casualties and 10 wounded compared to the Spanish suffering no casualties and 12 wounded, but perhaps the most impressive CurbStompBattle the Spanish dealt was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Aguadores Battle of the Aguadores]] in which the Spanish only 274 infantry beatdown 2,400 American/Cuban regulars, 300 guerrilleros, 1 cruiser and 2 gunboats with the Americans/Cubans suffering 2 dead and 10 wounded compared to NO Spanish losses. The Spanish kicked major ass, too!

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*** ** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Las_Guasimas Battle of Las Guasimas]] (with 1,500 Spanish infantry and 2 field guns almost defeated 964 Americans with 3 Hotchkiss guns and 800 Cuban rebels had the Spanish not withdrawn to escort a convoy carrying wounded troops) was indecisive at best with both sides claiming victory since the Spanish initially halted the American/Cuban advance and inflicted higher casualties but then inexplicably withdrew towards Santiago instead of "profiting from the sharp reverse inflicted on the Americans" and the results were 7 Spanish casualties and 24 wounded compared to 16 American and Cuban casualties and 52 wounded.
*** Even the two famous American/Cuban "victories" of El Caney and San Juan Hill came at a heavy price for the allied Americans and Cubans and both battles saw heavily outnumbered Spanish deal higher casualties to the allies. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_El_Caney Battle of El Caney]] had 520 Spanish regulars and 100 irregulars nearly defeat 6,653 Americans and 3,000 Cubans with the results being 38 Spanish killed, 138 wounded and 160 captured compared to 81 Americans/Cubans killed and 360 wounded. The famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_San_Juan_Hill Battle of San Juan Hill]] was also almost a defeat for the allies and had 581-800 Spanish infantry with another 120-600 counter-attack almost beat 8,412 Americans and 3,000 Cubans with the results being either 114 or 658 Spanish killed, 366 wounded and 2 captured compared to 144 or 2,000 Americans/Cubans killed, 951-1,024 wounded and 72 missing!
*** While some CurbStompBattle that the Spanish gave to the allied Americans and Cubans included: The [[http://en.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tayacoba Battle of Rio Tallabacoa]] (mispronounced: Tayacoba) which had 100 Spanish infantry beat 30 American/Cuban infantry and 1 gunboat with the Americans/Cubans suffering 1 casualty and 7 wounded compared to no Spanish losses, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rio_Manimani Battle of Rio Manimani]] which had 1,000 Spanish cavalry beatdown 250 American/Cuban infantry and 12 cavalry with the Americans/Cubans suffering 3 casualties and 10 wounded compared to the Spanish suffering no casualties and 12 wounded, but perhaps the most impressive CurbStompBattle the Spanish dealt was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Aguadores Battle of the Aguadores]] in which the Spanish with only 274 infantry beatdown forced a withdrawal of 2,400 American/Cuban regulars, 300 guerrilleros, 1 cruiser and 2 gunboats with the Americans/Cubans suffering 2 dead and 10 wounded compared to NO Spanish losses. The Spanish kicked major ass, too! losses.
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