History CurbStompBattle / RealLife

28th May '18 8:30:09 AM Koshiku
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* The Battle of Navarino. An Allied fleet of British, French, and Russian ships under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Codrington was sent to enforce an Armistice between the belligerents in the Greco-Turkish war. To that end they approached the harbour of Navarino where a Turko-Egyptian fleet of 89 ships carrying more than twice the heavy guns of the Allied fleet was docked. The Greek fleet (under the command of Lord Thomas Cochrane) broke the armistice and the Turko-Egyptian fleet tried to leave harbour but were prevented.

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* The Battle of Svensksund. Russian fleet attempted the second attack at the fort they already captores once in a previous war with Sweden. This time Swedes were prepared, while Russian admiral behaved recklessly, relying on his massive advantage in cannons and tying to win the battle as a coronation anniversary day present to Empress Catherine the Great. This did not help, Russians had lost almost half their forces and had to retreat, while Sweden losses were much lighter.
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Battle of Navarino. An Allied fleet of British, French, and Russian ships under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Codrington was sent to enforce an Armistice between the belligerents in the Greco-Turkish war. To that end they approached the harbour of Navarino where a Turko-Egyptian fleet of 89 ships carrying more than twice the heavy guns of the Allied fleet was docked. The Greek fleet (under the command of Lord Thomas Cochrane) broke the armistice and the Turko-Egyptian fleet tried to leave harbour but were prevented.


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* Battle of Chesma. A Russian fleet of 8 ships of the line made a clean work of a Turkish fleet of 15 ships of the line. Russian fleet only lost about 20 men, while Turks lost all their ships and about 11,000 sailors.
* Battle of Sinop. Russian fleet of 6 ships of the line attacked a fortified Turkish port and destroyed its' fortifications and almost all ships there, taking the kapudan-pasha (admiral) prisoner. Death toll was about 100 to 1, not in favor of Ottomans.
18th May '18 10:37:58 AM infernape612
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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 they deal with the scout. The hornets send out scouts to mark hives that 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 from 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 they deal with the scout. The hornets send out scouts to mark hives that 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 from the living ball of bees.
12th May '18 12:13:01 PM Shamrock95
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* The last stand of German battleship ''Bismarck'' on 27 May 1941. Having had her rudder hit by torpedo and jammed, the mighty battlewagon was basically a sitting duck. Her crew was tired and demoralized from the pursuit, and the two RN battleships, ''HMS King George V'' and ''HMS Rodney'' shot her almost leisurely. The first 16 inch shell by HMS Rodney (at 0847) destroyed the forward control post, killing most of the senior officers, while other salvoes destroyed all four gun turrets. Within 30 minutes, Bismarck's guns had all been silenced, and the ship was even lower in the water. Rodney now closed to point-blank range (approximately 3 km (1.9 mi)) to fire into the superstructure while King George V fired from further out; so her fire would strike Bismarck from a more vertical angle and be more likely to penetrate the decks. At 0900 the Germans called it quits, scuttling the ship. The cruiser ''HMS Dorsetshire'' gave her the ''coup de grace'' by three torpedoes, of which one tore her already damaged stern off.



* The last stand of German battleship ''Bismarck'' 27 May 1941. Having had her rudder hit by torpedo and jammed, the mighty battlewagon was basically a sitting duck. Her crew was tired and demoralized from the pursuit, and the two RN battleships, ''HMS King George V'' and ''HMS Rodney'' shot her almost leisurely. The first 16 inch shell by HMS Rodney (at 0847) destroyed the forward control post, killing most of the senior officers, while other salvoes destroyed all four gun turrets. Within 30 minutes, Bismarck's guns had all been silenced, and the ship was even lower in the water. Rodney now closed to point-blank range (approximately 3 km (1.9 mi)) to fire into the superstructure while King George V fired from further out; so her fire would strike Bismarck from a more vertical angle and be more likely to penetrate the decks. At 0900 the Germans called it quits, scuttling the ship. The cruiser ''HMS Dorsetshire'' gave her the ''coup de grace'' by three torpedoes, of which one tore her already damaged stern off.
26th Apr '18 11:28:39 PM SnowHesher
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Eland Operation Eland]] (also known as the Nyadzonya raid) during the Rhodesian Bush War in 1976. The Selous Scouts, a special operations regiment of the Rhodesian Security Forces, identified a major base and training camp for the opposing [=ZANLA=] (Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army) forces located across the border in neighboring Mozambique. A force of 84 Selous Scouts, transported by a convoy disguised to look like soldiers of Mozambique's ruling party, crossed the border into neighboring Mozambique (white soldiers in the Selous Scouts wore black ski masks). Using information provided to them by a captured [=ZANLA=] commander who had been turned by the Rhodesians. The Selous Scouts reached the camp (along the they were saluted by deceived military checkpoints as they passed), bluffed their way past the guards at the front gate, and entered the base. A whistle was blown by the Rhodesians, which was the camp's emergency signal to muster at the parade grounds. Thousands of [=ZANLA=] guerrillas rushed to the center of the camp, and the Selous Scouts opened fire on them at point-blank range with both small arms and anti-aircraft guns and inflicted massive casualties on the unaware enemy. The Rhodesians then escaped back to their country, fighting their way through a military checkpoint and destroying a bridge to cover their escape. The Selous Scouts estimated that they killed roughly 300 enemy combatants, but they would later recover documents revealing the number to be ''over a thousand''. Meanwhile, the Selous Scouts only suffered four injuries. It was such a humiliating defeat for [=ZANLA=] that they lied and claimed that the Selous Scouts massacred a refugee camp, although they would later admit that it was indeed a military base.
20th Mar '18 1:44:27 PM ScribeRetro
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* Though it was heavily romanticized in ''Romance of the Three Kingdoms'' and subsequently ''Dynasty Warriors'' the Battle of Red Cliffs - also known as the Battle of Chibi - was still historically a complete and total ''disaster'' for Cao Cao. Sun Quan and Liu Bei, who would later give rise to the competing kingdoms of Eastern Wu and Shu Han - joined forces against their numerically superior opponent. Zhou Yu estimated Cao Cao's forces to be roughly 200,000 compared to the coalition's 50,000. Cao Cao had chained his ships from stem to stern, possibly aiming to reduce seasickness in his navy. Commander Huang Gai sent Cao Cao a letter feigning surrender and prepared a squadron of capital ships that been converted into fire ships. With the aid of the wind, these ships were set on fire and set Cao Cao's entire fleet ablaze causing severe casualties and shocking and disorienting the survivors. In a disorganized retreat Cao Cao lost many more of his men as he was chased by Zhou Yu and Liu Bei, and Cao Cao only avoided capture by crossing the Yangtze River and leaving a staunch rearguard at the bottleneck. It was such a devastating defeat that it allowed the Three Kingdoms era itself to rise, and Cao Wei would never attempt another campaign south. Had he been successful Cao Cao may have been capable of conquering all of China.
22nd Feb '18 6:24:42 AM Tharkun140
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* The USSR [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] this in the Winter War against Finland (in 1939-1940), which was originally planned to last three weeks and fought just with forces stationed around Leningrad. In fact, [[SuicidalOverconfidence Soviet soldiers were actually warned not to cross the Swedish border by mistake.]] It became a three ''month'' campaign with forces brought from the whole Soviet Union. In the end, the Soviet Union did gain some land, but at the cost of 125,000 soldiers and a crapload of tanks. The Finns lost a fifth of the men and nowhere near as many tanks. They destroyed almost 500 Soviet airplanes, losing themselves only a handful of planes, pilots and anti-aircraft guns. One Soviet General summed it up, saying "We have won just enough ground to bury our dead."

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* The USSR [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] this in the Winter War against Finland (in 1939-1940), which was originally planned to last three weeks and fought just with forces stationed around Leningrad. In fact, [[SuicidalOverconfidence Soviet soldiers were actually warned not to cross the Swedish border by mistake.]] mistake. It became a three ''month'' campaign with forces brought from the whole Soviet Union. In the end, the Soviet Union did gain some land, but at the cost of 125,000 soldiers and a crapload of tanks. The Finns lost a fifth of the men and nowhere near as many tanks. They destroyed almost 500 Soviet airplanes, losing themselves only a handful of planes, pilots and anti-aircraft guns. One Soviet General summed it up, saying "We have won just enough ground to bury our dead."
21st Feb '18 12:00:28 PM nombretomado
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* After the initial Mahdist victories, TheRiverWar devolved in the Mahdists [[LeeroyJenkins picking fights with all their neighbours]] and getting hilariously slapped down each and every time until the British decided to end the farce. Particularly notable are their failure in the invasion of Ethiopia (then heavily fractured with Menelik II, then king of Shewa, preparing to seize the throne with Italian help) and the Italian retaliating for ''three'' failed invasions of their colony in Eritrea with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kassala a small counterinvasion]] (indeed, the only reason the Italians did not seize the whole Sudan was that Menelik had seized the throne only to find out the Italians had scammed him, eventually leading to Adwa above).

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* After the initial Mahdist victories, TheRiverWar UsefulNotes/TheRiverWar devolved in the Mahdists [[LeeroyJenkins picking fights with all their neighbours]] and getting hilariously slapped down each and every time until the British decided to end the farce. Particularly notable are their failure in the invasion of Ethiopia (then heavily fractured with Menelik II, then king of Shewa, preparing to seize the throne with Italian help) and the Italian retaliating for ''three'' failed invasions of their colony in Eritrea with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kassala a small counterinvasion]] (indeed, the only reason the Italians did not seize the whole Sudan was that Menelik had seized the throne only to find out the Italians had scammed him, eventually leading to Adwa above).
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.
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