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7th Apr '18 5:26:58 PM nombretomado
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* The start of 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 gruelling, blood-soaked ''years''.

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* The start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI is probably the most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{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 gruelling, blood-soaked ''years''.
25th Feb '18 11:44:13 AM Koveras
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* In 1903, on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, V.K. Plehve, Russian Minister of the Interior, said: 'What this country needs is a short, victorious war to stem the tide of [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober revolution]].' The war was neither short nor victorious for the Russians, and the revolution came fourteen years later.
** Actually, the first Russian Revolution came in 1905, immediately after the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, partly because of the war itself, to be followed by two more in 1917.

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* In 1903, on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, V.K. Plehve, Russian Minister of the Interior, said: 'What this country needs is a short, victorious war to stem the tide of [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober revolution]].' The war was neither short nor victorious for the Russians, and the revolution came fourteen years later.
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first Russian Revolution came in 1905, immediately after the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, war, partly because of the war itself, to be followed by two more in 1917.
24th Feb '18 2:44:08 PM nombretomado
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** Actually, the first Russian Revolution came in 1905, immediately after the RussoJapaneseWar, partly because of the war itself, to be followed by two more in 1917.

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** Actually, the first Russian Revolution came in 1905, immediately after the RussoJapaneseWar, UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, partly because of the war itself, to be followed by two more in 1917.
21st Feb '18 8:46:07 AM theNerdytimes
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18th Feb '18 10:58:42 AM nombretomado
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* In 1903, on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, V.K. Plehve, Russian Minister of the Interior, said: 'What this country needs is a short, victorious war to stem the tide of [[RedOctober revolution]].' The war was neither short nor victorious for the Russians, and the revolution came fourteen years later.

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* In 1903, on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, V.K. Plehve, Russian Minister of the Interior, said: 'What this country needs is a short, victorious war to stem the tide of [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober revolution]].' The war was neither short nor victorious for the Russians, and the revolution came fourteen years later.
18th Feb '18 7:45:19 AM StFan
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* In ''{{Film/Stalingrad 1993}}'', one of the German soldiers says they'll take the city in three days. In three weeks, the city still won't have fallen. In three months, most of the soldiers will be dead.

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* In ''{{Film/Stalingrad 1993}}'', ''{{Film/Stalingrad|1993}}'', one of the German soldiers says they'll take the city in three days. In three weeks, the city still won't have fallen. In three months, most of the soldiers will be dead.



** General Hancock makes a similar comment from the Union perspective in ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}''.

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** * General Hancock makes a similar comment from the Union perspective in ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}''.





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* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', the [[UpperClassTwit Upper Class Twits]] leading the Morporkian army thought that they'd have a jolly good time teaching the Klatchians a lesson, that the enemy would run at the sight of their steel, and that they'd be home by Hogswatch. This despite the fact that they were badly armed, hopelessly outnumbered, and the Klatchians who actually saw their steel tended to start sniggering.
** Later in the book, one character bemoans that "We were going to sail into Klatch and be in Al-Khali by teatime, drinking sherbet with pliant young women in the Rhoxi," mirroring the confident statements of some [=WWII=] soldiers that "We'll be drinking coffee in Berlin by teatime."
* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington The Short Victorious War]]'', The People's Republic of Haven leaders decide to resort to war against Manticore. A short, victorious war, they believe, will both distract the proles from their current economic problems and allow them to use the riches of the Manticore system to prop up their welfare state. Needless to say, the war is a disaster for Haven and ends up lasting for almost 20 years.
** They even {{lampshade}} this with a quote from V.K. Plehve (see the RealLife section below), providing the TitleDrop for the book in the opening epigraph, followed by a quote from Robert Wilson Lynd:
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* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', the [[UpperClassTwit Upper Class Upper-Class Twits]] leading the Morporkian army thought that they'd have a jolly good time teaching the Klatchians a lesson, that the enemy would run at the sight of their steel, and that they'd be home by Hogswatch. This despite the fact that they were badly armed, hopelessly outnumbered, and the Klatchians who actually saw their steel tended to start sniggering.
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sniggering. Later in the book, one character bemoans that "We were going to sail into Klatch and be in Al-Khali by teatime, drinking sherbet with pliant young women in the Rhoxi," mirroring the confident statements of some [=WWII=] soldiers that "We'll be drinking coffee in Berlin by teatime."
* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington The Short Victorious War]]'', The People's Republic of Haven leaders decide to resort to war against Manticore. A short, victorious war, they believe, will both distract the proles from their current economic problems and allow them to use the riches of the Manticore system to prop up their welfare state. Needless to say, the war is a disaster for Haven and ends up lasting for almost 20 years.
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years. They even {{lampshade}} this with a quote from V.K. Plehve (see the RealLife section below), providing the TitleDrop for the book in the opening epigraph, followed by a quote from Robert Wilson Lynd:
--->"The -->"The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions."



* 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 dashed by [[BernardLawMontgomery Monty's]] Arnhem failure and shattered 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 dashed by [[BernardLawMontgomery [[UsefulNotes/BernardLawMontgomery Monty's]] Arnhem failure and shattered by growing German resistance.




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* "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Music/BingCrosby is about a World War 2 soldier who writes to his family about how he'll be home by Christmas. At the end of the song he says "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams", admitting it's unlikely he really will be home by Christmas.
* Subverted in the anti-war ProtestSong ''Stop the Cavalry'' by Music/JonaLewie - the line ''Wish I was at home for christmas'' not only shows the singer realizes how unlikely it is, but also ensures this song will be played year after year in winter.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' universe certainly has seen its share of this trope. Two large-scale examples -- smaller ones abound, but these are really just perhaps the two biggest ones in the entire history of the setting -- would be the Reunification War (as initially viewed by the newly-minted Star League) and the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere (from the original point of view of the Clans); needless to say, neither actually worked out that way.

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* The final episode of ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' (the fourth and last ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series, set during 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.'

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\n[[AC:{{Music}}]]\n* "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Music/BingCrosby is about a World War 2 soldier who writes to his family about how he'll be home by Christmas. At the end of the song he says "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams", admitting it's unlikely he really will be home by Christmas.\n* Subverted in the anti-war ProtestSong ''Stop the Cavalry'' by Music/JonaLewie - the line ''Wish I was at home for christmas'' not only shows the singer realizes how unlikely it is, but also ensures this song will be played year after year in winter.\n\n[[AC:{{Tabletop Games}}]]\n* The ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' universe certainly has seen its share of this trope. Two large-scale examples -- smaller ones abound, but these are really just perhaps the two biggest ones in the entire history of the setting -- would be the Reunification War (as initially viewed by the newly-minted Star League) and the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere (from the original point of view of the Clans); needless to say, neither actually worked out that way.\n\n[[AC:{{UsefulNotes/Television}}]]\n[[/folder]]

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




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* "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Music/BingCrosby is about a World War 2 soldier who writes to his family about how he'll be home by Christmas. At the end of the song he says "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams", admitting it's unlikely he really will be home by Christmas.
* Subverted in the anti-war ProtestSong ''Stop the Cavalry'' by Music/JonaLewie - the line ''Wish I was at home for christmas'' not only shows the singer realizes how unlikely it is, but also ensures this song will be played year after year in winter.
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' universe certainly has seen its share of this trope. Two large-scale examples -- smaller ones abound, but these are really just perhaps the two biggest ones in the entire history of the setting -- would be the Reunification War (as initially viewed by the newly-minted Star League) and the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere (from the original point of view of the Clans); needless to say, neither actually worked out that way.
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19th Jan '18 2:49:45 PM PRC4Eva
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* During the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar, the Japanese predicted that Shanghai would fall in three days. However, they were not prepared for the strength of their opposition, including a million of Chiang Kai-Shek's elite soldiers trained by German advisors. It took three long and hellish ''months'' involving fierce urban warfare before Shanghai finally fell.

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* During the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar, the Japanese predicted that Shanghai would fall in three days. However, they were not prepared for the strength of their opposition, including a million of Chiang Kai-Shek's elite soldiers trained by German advisors. It took three long and hellish ''months'' involving fierce urban warfare before Shanghai finally fell. Then there was the entire war itself; the Japanese were confident that they could take all of China in three months, or at least force a surrender in that time. Instead, China held on for 8 years, tying down half of the Japanese Army until Japan's surrender following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the prospect of a Soviet invasion of the home islands.
18th Oct '17 3:46:56 PM LtFedora
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* ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'': The Clans' leaders plan assumes that they'll require only a fraction of their forces to sweep across the Inner Sphere due to their superior training and weapons. [[spoilers: It doesn't quite work out that way]]

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* ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'': The Clans' leaders plan assumes that they'll require only a fraction of their forces to sweep across the Inner Sphere due to their superior training and weapons. [[spoilers: [[spoiler: It doesn't quite work out that way]]
18th Oct '17 3:46:21 PM LtFedora
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* ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'': The Clans' leaders plan assumes that they'll require only a fraction of their forces to sweep across the Inner Sphere due to their superior training and weapons. [[Spoiler: It doesn't quite work out that way]]
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* ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'': The Clans' leaders plan assumes that they'll require only a fraction of their forces to sweep across the Inner Sphere due to their superior training and weapons. [[Spoiler: [[spoilers: It doesn't quite work out that way]]
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29th Sep '17 8:42:42 PM drakensis
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* ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'': The Clans' leaders plan assumes that they'll require only a fraction of their forces to sweep across the Inner Sphere due to their superior training and weapons. [[Spoiler: It doesn't quite work out that way]]
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