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15th Jan '17 11:35:25 AM TheBigBopper
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* At the start of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, both sides assumed it would end in a quick victory. Confederate Secretary of War Leroy Pope Walker even predicted he would be able to mop up all the blood spilled with a ''handkerchief''. The fact that Fort Sumter surrendered without any casualties from the shelling (except for one guy killed by an artillery accident ''after'' the fighting stopped) contributed to this idea.

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* At the start of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, both sides assumed it would end in a quick victory. Confederate Secretary of War Leroy Pope Walker even predicted he would be able to mop up all the blood spilled with a ''handkerchief''. The fact that Fort Sumter surrendered without any casualties from the shelling (except for one guy killed by an artillery accident ''after'' the fighting stopped) contributed to this idea. Instead it killed more Americans than any war before or since.
15th Jan '17 11:34:07 AM TheBigBopper
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* At the start of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, both sides assumed it would end in a quick victory. Confederate Secretary of War Leroy Pope Walker even predicted he would be able to mop up all the blood spilled with a ''handkerchief''.

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* At the start of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, both sides assumed it would end in a quick victory. Confederate Secretary of War Leroy Pope Walker even predicted he would be able to mop up all the blood spilled with a ''handkerchief''. The fact that Fort Sumter surrendered without any casualties from the shelling (except for one guy killed by an artillery accident ''after'' the fighting stopped) contributed to this idea.
9th Jan '17 5:20:45 PM Bissek
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* At the beginning of the second ''Videogame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' game, the rebels are certain that the war will be over within a month or so (to be fair, the surprise attack they launched at the end of the first game was so successful that they had good reason to believe so). A month later, the rebels have ''lost'' the war.
17th Dec '16 7:22:42 PM MorganWick
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* In the same war, there was a battle in New Mexico Territory called the Battle of Glorieta Pass. When the two sides met, a Union soldier reportedly yelled out, "Out of our way, rebels! We'll take our dinner in Santa Fe!", to which one of the rebels replied, "You'll take it in Hell!" The Confederate soldiers actually won the battle, but were forced to withdraw back south after one of the Union leaders, Maj. Chivington, located and destroyed the rebel supply train.

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* **Indeed, many Washington elites made the trip out to Manassas, Virginia, to hold a ''picnic'' while watching the Battle of Bull Run, the war's first and, they thought, only major battle (it's close enough to Washington that suburban sprawl has now effectively made Manassas a suburb of it). They ended up getting a bit of a rude awakening.
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In the same war, there was a battle in New Mexico Territory called the Battle of Glorieta Pass. When the two sides met, a Union soldier reportedly yelled out, "Out of our way, rebels! We'll take our dinner in Santa Fe!", to which one of the rebels replied, "You'll take it in Hell!" The Confederate soldiers actually won the battle, but were forced to withdraw back south after one of the Union leaders, Maj. Chivington, located and destroyed the rebel supply train.
30th Sep '16 2:29:39 PM LtFedora
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* In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Soviet [[GeneralRipper General Orlov]] tries to convince the Politburo that the Red Army can win a conventional war against NATO within five days.
27th Sep '16 5:20:43 AM JackG
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* ''Series/AnneFrankTheWholeStory''. When announcing the D-Day landings, the BBC assures those living in occupied Europe that "1944 will be the year of your liberation!"
6th Aug '16 2:13:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* [[ScaryDogmaticAliens The Covenant]] from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' believed that their war against humanity would be a short venture. Instead, the war would drag on for another twenty-seven years with no end in sight for either side and would divide Covenant society to the point of CivilWar (the opposite effect was true of the humans, whose many factions, after years of fighting amongst one another, generally agreed to unify against the common threat of genocide by the Covenant war machine, though there was still fighting between the groups as of 2552).

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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[[ScaryDogmaticAliens The Covenant]] from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' believed that their war against humanity would be a short venture. Instead, the war would drag on for another twenty-seven years with no end in sight for either side years, and contribute to a series of events that would divide Covenant society to the point of CivilWar (the opposite effect was true of CivilWar.
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the humans, whose many factions, after opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', Cutter notes that humanity themselves initially expected to easily retake Harvest from the Covenant. Instead, the Harvest campaign became "five years of fighting amongst one another, generally agreed to unify against the common threat of genocide by the Covenant war machine, though there was still fighting between the groups as of 2552).Hell".
3rd Jul '16 9:56:14 AM LtFedora
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* After the break-out from Normandy and a two-hundred mile blitzkrieg that took British forces to the Dutch border against a disintegrating German Army, the tank crews of ''Literature/MailedFist'' felt they could well be home by Christmas 1944. This hope was daashed by [[BernardLawMontgomery Monty's]] Arnhem failure and shatttered by growing German resistance.

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* After the break-out from Normandy and a two-hundred mile blitzkrieg that took British forces to the Dutch border against a disintegrating German Army, the tank crews of ''Literature/MailedFist'' felt they could well be home by Christmas 1944. This hope was daashed dashed by [[BernardLawMontgomery Monty's]] Arnhem failure and shatttered shattered by growing German resistance.
3rd Jul '16 9:52:18 AM LtFedora
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* This happens in ''Film/{{Troy}}'' with the Greeks being confident that the titular city will fall within days. Instead, it takes far longer than that, and many Greeks are killed before Troy falls.

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* This happens in ''Film/{{Troy}}'' with the Greeks being confident that the titular city will fall within days. Instead, it takes far longer than that, and many Greeks are killed before Troy falls.
falls. However, the condensed time frame omits the full ten year long conflict.
9th Jun '16 1:16:01 AM PaulA
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* ''Series/StartrekDeepSpaceNine'': The Dominion found its hopes for a quick victory smashed by being cut off from reinforcements. Then after the Breen join, they again start to dream of a quick victory, but again the situation is turned around. On the other side of the battlefield, Gowron also kept thinking his incompetent tactics would lead to swift victory.

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* ''Series/StartrekDeepSpaceNine'': ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': The Dominion found its hopes for a quick victory smashed by being cut off from reinforcements. Then after the Breen join, they again start to dream of a quick victory, but again the situation is turned around. On the other side of the battlefield, Gowron also kept thinking his incompetent tactics would lead to swift victory.
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