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31st May '16 6:51:54 AM Doug86
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* The final episode of ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' (the fourth and last ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series, set during WorldWarOne) features characters making remarks like 'It's ice cream in Berlin in 15 days', 'See you all in Berlin for coffee and cakes', and 'We'll be sucking sausages in Berlin by teatime!' about the upcoming battle. Eventually Blackadder [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on]] this by [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]], 'I hope their cafés are well stocked; everyone seems determined to eat out the moment they arrive.'

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* The final episode of ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' (the fourth and last ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series, set during WorldWarOne) UsefulNotes/WorldWarI) features characters making remarks like 'It's ice cream in Berlin in 15 days', 'See you all in Berlin for coffee and cakes', and 'We'll be sucking sausages in Berlin by teatime!' about the upcoming battle. Eventually Blackadder [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on]] this by [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]], 'I hope their cafés are well stocked; everyone seems determined to eat out the moment they arrive.'



* The start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne is probably the most {{egregious}} example. All sides were confident that their soldiers would come home victoriously within months - as we all know, nothing of the kind happened, and the war lasted four ''years''.

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* The start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI is probably the most {{egregious}} example. All sides were confident that their soldiers would come home victoriously within months - as we all know, nothing of the kind happened, and the war lasted four ''years''.



** Later on in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, the Germans tried to force a breakthrough at Verdun. Their [[ASimplePlan plan]] was to shell the French trenches empty (of ''live'' Frenchmen, that is), then rush in before the French could bring reinforcements to the scene. German troops were unpleasantly surprised when they found that a handful of French soldiers had survived the bombardment and [[LastStand fought back bitterly]], holding out long enough for French reinforcements to arrive. The result was a long battle which came to be seen -- especially in France -- as one of the most definitive examples of WarIsHell.

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** Later on in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Germans tried to force a breakthrough at Verdun. Their [[ASimplePlan plan]] was to shell the French trenches empty (of ''live'' Frenchmen, that is), then rush in before the French could bring reinforcements to the scene. German troops were unpleasantly surprised when they found that a handful of French soldiers had survived the bombardment and [[LastStand fought back bitterly]], holding out long enough for French reinforcements to arrive. The result was a long battle which came to be seen -- especially in France -- as one of the most definitive examples of WarIsHell.
24th May '16 7:09:11 AM ChronoLegion
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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.
24th May '16 6:58:39 AM ChronoLegion
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* Creator/AndreyLivadny's ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy Dabog]]'' describes the start of what would become known as the First Galactic War (to be fair, though, the scale of the war is far from "galactic", being limited to a few dozen systems and involving only humans). Earth Alliance President John Winston Hammer decides to [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression send a powerful strike fleet to perform a preemptive strike]] on Dabog, one of the more prosperous of the colonies, in order to show all the colony worlds that Earth is the center of human space. Hammer's goal is to force the colonists to accept the millions (if not billions) of people that need to be resettled in order to relieve the overpopulated Earth. At this point, the colonists don't even know about Earth Alliance (they're all [[LostColony Lost Colonies]], who haven't yet regained contact with their homeworld). While the fleet is on the way, the troops boast about how they'll beat those "stinking" colonists silly for daring to hog their lands, while Earth is an overpopulated hellhole. The EA admiral is also confident that there's nothing the colonists can do against such an overwhelming force. The fleet arrives in Dabog orbit and "announces" itself by nuking two large cities on opposite sides and landing troops. Unfortunately for them, the Dabogans had to reinvent certain pieces of technology to handle the planet's harsh climate and large dinosaur-like predators. This includes developing {{Walking Tank}}s with superior mobility that turn out to far outclass the more traditional vehicles used by EA troops. After being forced off the planet by "a bunch of farmers", the furious admiral orders the planet sterilized with massed nuclear bombardment, hoping that the other colonies will see this as a valuable lesson. Instead the other colonies band together and form a [[LaResistance unified force]] that ends up resisting the EA juggernaut for nearly 5 decades and eventually takes the fight to Earth itself. On the one hand, Earth ends up being no longer the dominant force in human space, being replaced by the [[TheFederation Confederacy of Suns]], based in the colonies, on the other, Hammer's initial goal of reducing Earth's population ends up being reached, just not the way he intended. The massive casualties on both sides and the steady flow of people fleeing the technological destruction results in most of Earth's population either dying or leaving. Centuries later, [[EarthThatUsedToBeBetter Earth is populated by a few hundred million people with most of its cities are abandoned and overgrown]].
23rd May '16 7:29:54 AM JamesAustin
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[[caption-width-right:350:The writing reads, [[WorldWarOne 'Day trip to Paris']] and 'See you on the boulevard'. HarsherInHindsight, indeed.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The writing reads, [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI 'Day trip to Paris']] and 'See you on the boulevard'. HarsherInHindsight, indeed.]]
30th Apr '16 7:33:40 AM LtFedora
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* In ''The World's Fastest Indian'', which takes place in the mid-60s, Burt Munro picks up a hitchhiking American airman who's on leave. The airman describes how they're going to start using something called "Agent Orange" in Vietnam, and it should end the war in six months.

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* In ''The World's Fastest Indian'', which takes place in the mid-60s, Burt Munro picks up a hitchhiking American airman who's on leave. The airman describes how they're going to start using something called "Agent Orange" in Vietnam, [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], and it should end the war in six months.
7th Mar '16 5:12:23 AM LtFedora
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*** There are a number of factors to consider. First, the D-Day invasion was a very risky gamble. If it failed, it surely would have meant a negotiated peace. Despite the fierce resistance by the Germans, once the Allies broke out of Normandy, they were go faster than they had expected to perform, often liberating towns that they did not expect to reach until spring 1945. The rapid collapse and withdrawal of the Western German forces lead the Allies to believe that the Wehrmacht was a spent force.

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*** There are a number of factors to consider. First, the D-Day invasion was a very risky gamble. If it failed, it surely would have meant a negotiated peace. Despite the fierce resistance by the Germans, once the Allies broke out of Normandy, they were go going faster than they had expected to perform, often liberating towns that they did not expect to reach until spring 1945. The rapid collapse and withdrawal of the Western German forces lead the Allies to believe that the Wehrmacht was a spent force.
5th Mar '16 4:27:35 PM LtFedora
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*** There are a number of factors to consider. First, the D-Day invasion was a very risky gamble. If it failed, it surely would have meant a negotiated peace. Despite the fierce resistance by the Germans, once the Allies broke out of Normandy, they were go faster than they had expected to perform, often liberating towns that they did not expect to reach until spring 1945. The rapid collapse and withdrawal of the Western German forces lead the Allies to believe that the Wehrmacht was a spent force.
2nd Mar '16 6:35:04 PM LtFedora
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* At the beginning of the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]], Stalin was expecting Finland to surrender in a couple of weeks - after all, it was a small backwoods country up against a world power - but the war went on for three and a half months and ended in a PyrrhicVictory for the Soviets: they did force the Finns to concede their border territories, but at a huge cost in both lives and international prestige. In addition, this "victory" was the key reason Finland allied with Germany in World War II (the Finns even call it the "Continuation War").

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* At the beginning of the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]], Stalin was expecting Finland to surrender in a couple of weeks - after all, it was a small backwoods country up against a world power - but the war went on for three and a half months and ended in a PyrrhicVictory for the Soviets: they did force the Finns to concede their border territories, but at a huge cost in both lives and international prestige. prestige; the Red Army joked that they "won just enough territory to bury [our] dead." In addition, this "victory" was the key reason Finland allied with Germany in World War II (the Finns even call it the "Continuation War").
17th Feb '16 5:21:09 AM StFan
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[[quoteright:350:[[WorldWarOne http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Harsher_In_Hindsight_1368.jpg]]]]

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3rd Jan '16 4:07:31 AM Bissek
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* In the opening chapter of ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'', Colonel Zacharias has just finished his bombing run and is heading back to base, thinking that his tour will be over soon and he'll be home from Vietnam by Christmas. He promptly gets shot down and spends the next fifteen months as a prisoner of war.
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