History LetsGetDangerous / RealLife

21st Mar '17 1:18:19 PM zypzaex
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_Hayha Simo Häyhä]], or "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", was an ordinary farmer who was, naturally, called up to help with the Winter War. He now has the record for the largest number of confirmed kills ever. [[LetsGetDangerous He got so dangerous]] the Russians started operations specifically to kill him, starting with patrols where he was known to be, then escalating to snipers, countersnipers, and ''shelling the woods he was hiding in''. Not only that, but they got lucky and put him in a coma for nine days when one of those artillery strikes got close enough. The Soviets stopped advancing and ended the war the same day that he woke up. Some like to think they heard the White Death had come out of his coma and was about to drive them out, and they quit while they were ahead.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_Hayha Simo Häyhä]], or "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", was an ordinary farmer who was, naturally, called up to help with the Winter War. He now has the record for the largest number of confirmed kills ever. [[LetsGetDangerous He got so dangerous]] the Russians started operations specifically to kill him, starting with patrols where he was known to be, then escalating to snipers, countersnipers, and ''shelling the woods he was hiding in''. Not only that, but they got lucky and put him in a coma for nine days when one of those artillery strikes got close enough.a lucky countersniper ''shot him in the face with an [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill exploding bullet]]''. The Soviets stopped advancing and ended the war the same day that he woke up. Some like to think they heard the White Death had come out of his coma and was about to drive them out, and they quit while they were ahead.
19th Feb '17 5:08:11 PM Gosicrystal
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* Battle of Lepanto. Those fat, rich, decadent, wussy, Venetian wimps. Should be lots of fun to pick on, right? In the first two battles the Venetians lost. In the third and best-known one, in 1571... they got dangerous. Very dangerous. There was intervention, naval combat experience and bucket-loads of money from multiple sources, mainly Spain. The Venetian Galleasses and their mixed crews were said to have accounted most of the Ottoman galleys sunk. Galleasses were the first ships able to deliver a broadside, while galleys could only fire from the beak of the ship.
** It should also be noted the Lepanto is cited as a miracle--due to just about everyone in Europe praying the Rosary at the time. It is said that the Pope knew the minute the battle was won, and proceed to shout the good news out the nearest window.
* The British Navy, understandably, had absolutely no fear of the United States' newborn, tiny navy - and no respect for its commanders, mere jumped-up merchant skippers compared to the centuries-long tradition of the Royal Navy. And then [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones John Paul Jones]] took on the ''Serapis.'' After hours of battle, with both ships reduced to wrecks, the British offered him an honorable surrender. Jones' reply became legend: "[[BadassBoast I have not yet begun to fight!]]"
** Additionally, there was the U.S.S. Constitution's victory over the H.M.S. Guerriere. It's the origin of The Constitution's moniker of "Ol' Ironsides", when the Guerrierre's shots simply bounced off her hull. The US Navy didn't have any heavy-hitter Ships of The Line, but their best ships were the ''Constitution'' and her sister ships, all top-quality heavy frigates.

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* Battle of Lepanto. Those fat, rich, decadent, wussy, Venetian wimps. Should be lots of fun to pick on, right? In the first two battles the Venetians lost. In the third and best-known one, in 1571... they got dangerous. Very dangerous. There was intervention, naval combat experience and bucket-loads of money from multiple sources, mainly Spain. The Venetian Galleasses and their mixed crews were said to have accounted most of the Ottoman galleys sunk. Galleasses were the first ships able to deliver a broadside, while galleys could only fire from the beak of the ship.
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ship. It should also be noted the Lepanto is cited as a miracle--due to just about everyone in Europe praying the Rosary at the time. It is said that the Pope knew the minute the battle was won, and proceed to shout the good news out the nearest window.
* The British Navy, understandably, had absolutely no fear of the United States' newborn, tiny navy - and no respect for its commanders, mere jumped-up merchant skippers compared to the centuries-long tradition of the Royal Navy. And then [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones John Paul Jones]] took on the ''Serapis.'' After hours of battle, with both ships reduced to wrecks, the British offered him an honorable surrender. Jones' reply became legend: "[[BadassBoast I have not yet begun to fight!]]"
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fight!]]"\\\
Additionally, there was the U.S.S. Constitution's victory over the H.M.S. Guerriere. It's the origin of The Constitution's moniker of "Ol' Ironsides", when the Guerrierre's shots simply bounced off her hull. The US Navy didn't have any heavy-hitter Ships of The Line, but their best ships were the ''Constitution'' and her sister ships, all top-quality heavy frigates.



** A similar situation occurred for Australia. A famous quote on the matter was that Australians were "lions led by asses" (the asses being the British Commanders), and the Turks consider Australia to be a WorthyOpponent.
*** It should be noted that 'lions led by donkeys' was a term directed at the entire British and Dominion force, it applied just as much to British troops on the Western Front as to Australian troops led by British officers at Gallipoli (and popular history distorts this as well, as many of the leaders at Gallipoli deemed incompetent were actually Australian). It was a statement also shown later to have been completely fabricated by a historian on the winning side with an animus against the British.

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** A similar situation occurred for Australia. A famous quote on the matter was that Australians were "lions led by asses" (the asses being the British Commanders), and the Turks consider Australia to be a WorthyOpponent.
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WorthyOpponent. It should be noted that 'lions led by donkeys' was a term directed at the entire British and Dominion force, it applied just as much to British troops on the Western Front as to Australian troops led by British officers at Gallipoli (and popular history distorts this as well, as many of the leaders at Gallipoli deemed incompetent were actually Australian). It was a statement also shown later to have been completely fabricated by a historian on the winning side with an animus against the British.



* Vladimir Lenin is an even better example. He came out of exile and took down a government, after spending decades doing nothing much (unless one counts plotting).
* Stalin's rise was also impressive. A minimally educated ''legal secretary'' who took over his entire government.
** Even further, one should understand that supreme rulers of the Soviet Union were called "General Secretaries of the Communist Party"[[note]]Well, the actual title is "[[OverlyLongName General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union]]", which is [[CaptainObvious quite a mouthful]].[[/note]] from Stalin onwards because and ONLY because that was the post Stalin occupied directly before his rise to power.
* Likewise Mao Zedong, who was a ''librarian'' when he engineered the takeover of the Chinese Communist Party.

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* Vladimir Lenin is an even better example. He came out of exile and took down a government, after spending decades doing nothing much (unless one counts plotting).
* Stalin's rise was also impressive. A minimally educated ''legal secretary'' who took over his entire government.
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government. Even further, one should understand that supreme rulers of the Soviet Union were called "General Secretaries of the Communist Party"[[note]]Well, the actual title is "[[OverlyLongName General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union]]", which is [[CaptainObvious quite a mouthful]].[[/note]] from Stalin onwards because and ONLY because that was the post Stalin occupied directly before his rise to power.
* Likewise Mao Zedong, who Zedong was a ''librarian'' when he engineered the takeover of the Chinese Communist Party.



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_Hayha Simo Häyhä]], or "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", was an ordinary farmer who was, naturally, called up to help with the Winter War. He now has the record for the largest number of confirmed kills ever. [[LetsGetDangerous He got so dangerous]] the Russians started operations specifically to kill him, starting with patrols where he was known to be, then escalating to snipers, countersnipers, and ''shelling the woods he was hiding in''.
*** Not only that, but they got lucky and put him in a coma for nine days when one of those artillery strikes got close enough. The Soviets stopped advancing and ended the war the same day that he woke up. Some like to think they heard the White Death had come out of his coma and was about to drive them out, and they quit while they were ahead.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_Hayha Simo Häyhä]], or "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", was an ordinary farmer who was, naturally, called up to help with the Winter War. He now has the record for the largest number of confirmed kills ever. [[LetsGetDangerous He got so dangerous]] the Russians started operations specifically to kill him, starting with patrols where he was known to be, then escalating to snipers, countersnipers, and ''shelling the woods he was hiding in''.
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in''. Not only that, but they got lucky and put him in a coma for nine days when one of those artillery strikes got close enough. The Soviets stopped advancing and ended the war the same day that he woke up. Some like to think they heard the White Death had come out of his coma and was about to drive them out, and they quit while they were ahead.



** Let's not even get started on the atomic bomb.... (although, one may think of this as a case of good fortune for them).

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** Let's not even get started on the atomic bomb....bomb... (although, one may think of this as a case of good fortune for them).



* When the Norwegian peasant militia managed to muster, it was a force to be reckoned with. This is the reason why the Danish army made sure its backbone was built on Norwegian farm boys. During the union times, this farm militia gained a reputation on this thrice: In 1612, when a band of Scottish mercenaries invaded, the farmers assembled to massacre the lot of them at the narrowest place they could find in a CurbStompBattle. It is fair to say only 12 Scotsmen survived this, and the battle soon became the StuffOfLegends. In 1808, a much larger militia/regular army held the Swedes at bay at several fronts, and when the Swedes invaded at the same place in 1814, the Norwegian army units managed it once again. This time, conditions were quite bad for the Norwegians, but the Swedish army RAN for it.
** Not to mention the many attempts to keep the entire Wehrmacht at bay during the spring of 1940. It is no surprise that the Germans suffered heavy blows on men and artillery, let alone horses, at the exact spot where the aforementioned Scotsmen had been massacred some 300 years before.

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* When the Norwegian peasant militia managed to muster, it was a force to be reckoned with. This is the reason why the Danish army made sure its backbone was built on Norwegian farm boys. During the union times, this farm militia gained a reputation on this thrice: In 1612, when a band of Scottish mercenaries invaded, the farmers assembled to massacre the lot of them at the narrowest place they could find in a CurbStompBattle. It is fair to say only 12 Scotsmen survived this, and the battle soon became the StuffOfLegends. In 1808, a much larger militia/regular army held the Swedes at bay at several fronts, and when the Swedes invaded at the same place in 1814, the Norwegian army units managed it once again. This time, conditions were quite bad for the Norwegians, but the Swedish army RAN for it. \n** Not to mention the many attempts to keep the entire Wehrmacht at bay during the spring of 1940. It is no surprise that the Germans suffered heavy blows on men and artillery, let alone horses, at the exact spot where the aforementioned Scotsmen had been massacred some 300 years before.
30th Nov '16 11:41:06 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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** Basically the same thing happened with Russia, it heavily counted toward winning the European war. Namely, after losing the Winter War noted above, Hitler decided that the Soviet Union was too pathetic to keep as allies, and [[TooDumbToLive decided to turn on them.]] What Hitler didn't realize was that the ''reason'' the Russians lost that war was poor planning, supplies, and a truly badass sniper. So what happened after the Soviets recovered from the initial string of many German victories? They bled out the bulk of the German army's best troops in the meatgrinder that was Stalingrad, crippling the German war machine long before the USA got involved. Then they eventually went on the counteroffensive and crushed every last German force and stronghold between Moscow and Berlin, even managing to beat the Western Allies to the German capital. There is a very good reason why MakeTheBearAngryAgain is a trope, and why there is an "again" in its name.

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** Basically the same thing happened with Russia, it heavily counted toward winning the European war. Namely, after losing the Winter War noted above, Hitler decided that the Soviet Union was too pathetic to keep as allies, and [[TooDumbToLive decided to turn on them.]] What Hitler didn't realize was that the ''reason'' the Russians lost that war was poor planning, supplies, and a truly badass sniper.sniper (who, [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests along with his country]], has his own entry on this page). So what happened after the Soviets recovered from the initial string of many German victories? They bled out the bulk of the German army's best troops in the meatgrinder that was Stalingrad, crippling the German war machine long before the USA got involved. Then they eventually went on the counteroffensive and crushed every last German force and stronghold between Moscow and Berlin, even managing to beat the Western Allies to the German capital. There is a very good reason why MakeTheBearAngryAgain is a trope, and why there is an "again" in its name.
23rd Aug '16 12:54:24 PM EonADS
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* This is a common thing in sports, as some players who are normally fairly average become ridiculously good in a clutch situation. Jose Ramierez of the Cleveland Indians is a good example; his batting average is nearly ''.400'' with runners in scoring position, and more than 3/4s of his RBIs and home runs come under the same circumstances. He is also the best hitter on the Indians with two outs, and among the best in the entire American League by default. There's a reason some of his nicknames are "Mr. RISP" and "Mr. Clutch".
* Closers and bullpens in general are this in modern baseball. Against certain teams (the 2014-2015 Kansas City Royals come to mind), once opposing teams get to the seventh inning they can't really score any more runs because the trickiest and hardest-throwing pitchers are in the bullpen. Pitchers like Cheng Ming Wang who have tricky windups or timing that would get figured out in a long game flourish for single innings out of the 'pen, as do people like Kelvin Hererra who can throw 100+ mph but wouldn't last for more than an inning or two. Bullpens are no longer "in case the starter can't finish the game", and more "in order to lock down the game when the team has a lead in the last couple innings".
23rd Aug '16 8:02:27 AM EonADS
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* Closers and bullpens in general are this in modern baseball. Against certain teams (the 2014-2015 Kansas City Royals come to mind), once opposing teams get to the seventh inning they can't really score any more runs because the trickiest and hardest-throwing pitchers are in the bullpen. Pitchers Cheng Ming Wang who have tricky windups or timing that would get figured out in a long game flourish for single innings out of the 'pen, as do people like Kelvin Hererra who can throw 100+ mph but wouldn't last for more than an inning or two. Bullpens are no longer "in case the starter can't finish the game", and more "in order to lock down the game when the team has a lead in the last couple innings".

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* Closers and bullpens in general are this in modern baseball. Against certain teams (the 2014-2015 Kansas City Royals come to mind), once opposing teams get to the seventh inning they can't really score any more runs because the trickiest and hardest-throwing pitchers are in the bullpen. Pitchers like Cheng Ming Wang who have tricky windups or timing that would get figured out in a long game flourish for single innings out of the 'pen, as do people like Kelvin Hererra who can throw 100+ mph but wouldn't last for more than an inning or two. Bullpens are no longer "in case the starter can't finish the game", and more "in order to lock down the game when the team has a lead in the last couple innings".
23rd Aug '16 8:01:24 AM EonADS
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* Closers and bullpens in general are this in modern baseball. Against certain teams (the 2014-2015 Kansas City Royals come to mind), once opposing teams get to the seventh inning they can't really score any more runs because the trickiest and hardest-throwing pitchers are in the bullpen. Pitchers Cheng Ming Wang who have tricky windups or timing that would get figured out in a long game flourish for single innings out of the 'pen, as do people like Kelvin Hererra who can throw 100+ mph but wouldn't last for more than an inning or two. Bullpens are no longer "in case the starter can't finish the game", and more "in order to lock down the game when the team has a lead in the last couple innings".
22nd Aug '16 5:31:33 PM EonADS
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* This is a common thing in sports, as some players who are normally fairly average become ridiculously good in a clutch situation. Jose Ramierez of the Cleveland Indians is a good example; his batting average is nearly ''.400'' with runners in scoring position, and more than 3/4s of his RBIs and home runs come under the same circumstances. There's a reason some of his nicknames are "Mr. RISP" and "Mr. Clutch".

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* This is a common thing in sports, as some players who are normally fairly average become ridiculously good in a clutch situation. Jose Ramierez of the Cleveland Indians is a good example; his batting average is nearly ''.400'' with runners in scoring position, and more than 3/4s of his RBIs and home runs come under the same circumstances. He is also the best hitter on the Indians with two outs, and among the best in the entire American League by default. There's a reason some of his nicknames are "Mr. RISP" and "Mr. Clutch".
21st Aug '16 3:44:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* WorldWarOne was this for [[CanucksWithChinooks Canada]], in terms of international reputation. Before WWI, they were some obscure backwater colony. By the end of the war, the Germans knew in no uncertain terms that they were in for ''hell'' if [[TheDreaded the Canadians]] attacked them.

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* WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne was this for [[CanucksWithChinooks [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canada]], in terms of international reputation. Before WWI, they were some obscure backwater colony. By the end of the war, the Germans knew in no uncertain terms that they were in for ''hell'' if [[TheDreaded the Canadians]] attacked them.
19th Aug '16 10:12:15 AM EonADS
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* This is a common thing in sports, as some players who are normally fairly average become ridiculously good in a clutch situation. Jose Ramierez of the Cleveland Indians is a good example; his batting average is nearly ''.400'' with runners in scoring position, and more than 3/4s of his RBIs and home runs come under the same circumstances. There's a reason some of his nicknames are "Mr. RISP" and "Mr. Clutch".

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* This is a common thing in sports, as some players who are normally fairly average become ridiculously good in a clutch situation. Jose Ramierez of the Cleveland Indians is a good example; his batting average is nearly ''.400'' with runners in scoring position, and more than 3/4s of his RBIs and home runs come under the same circumstances. There's a reason some of his nicknames are "Mr. RISP" and "Mr. Clutch".Clutch".
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19th Aug '16 10:11:11 AM EonADS
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* This is a common thing in sports, as some players who are normally fairly average become ridiculously good in a clutch situation. Jose Ramierez of the Cleveland Indians is a good example; his batting average is nearly ''.400'' with runners in scoring position, and more than 3/4s of his RBIs and home runs come under the same circumstances. There's a reason some of his nicknames are "Mr. RISP" and "Mr. Clutch".
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