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Has anybody noticed the pun in the title?
The pun was the whole reason for the title.
The British army's catastrophic failure at Isandhlawana was due to the design of the standard ammo box, where a sturdy copper band secured the box and had to be physically chiselled off. Even after that, nine large screws secured the lid and had to be individually removed. It was discovered in action that not many men had been issued the correct screwdriver. Even after that, many screws had rusted in storage. And even after that, many minor military bureaucrats, even with the Zulus pressing hard on them, insisted the correct procedure for issuing and accounting for the ammo - in writing, on the correct Army documentation - had to be followed to the letter....
The British could hardly have been unaware of the drawbacks of this storage, issue and recording procedure. It is not very well known that in an earlier campaign in West Africa, a British Army trying to subdue the fierce Asante tribe of the gold Coast had been wiped out in extremely similar circumstances, running out of ammo under pressure from ten times their number of tribesmen. Indeed, the woes of that army had been compounded when they opened the ammo boxes only to find... they had been packed in error with biscuits. The british general responsible was captured by the Asante, beheaded, and his skull turned into the victorious chief's drinking vessel.
Should the caption be changed? "My plan is to attack the place where the enemy ISN'T at!" is remarkably similar to General Douglas Mac Arthur's island-hopping strategy during World War II: "Hit 'em where they ain't," which was generally considered a successful strategy. I'm sure the caption does not refer to the use of such a tactic, but... surely something better can be found.
The picture isn't all that great, either.
Anyone up for renaming this trope The [[Warhammer40000 Abbadon]]?
No. Because that's Fan Myopia, and General Failure gets the point across better.
To avoid repetition with General Ripper, how about we change the name from General Failure into Major Failure?
Read Everything You Wanted To Know About Changing Names.
On an unrelated note, there's a Netrunner card "Colonel Failure".
Real Life section cut. It was longer than the rest of the page combined and a brilliant example of Thread Mode. Sorry, guys.
Shoudn't the Italians be here?
During world war two, they where renowned as being great soldiers, led by dinosaurs who where too obsolete even to world war 1 standards.
There seems to be a severe case of the "Stop Having Fun" Guys brigade when it comes to the image for this article. :/
Not really. It was simply a case of Just A Face And A Caption. If we get a picture that actually illustrates the trope without requiring a caption to prop it up, I'm sure the forum hivemind would be happy to let it be used.
Removed the obnoxious Take That! to former president Bush for three reasons:
1) he wasn't a general
2) his leadership never directly led to military defeats
3) he did not remain in command FOLLOWING a military defeat
Political Take Thats are bad form to begin with. They become unacceptable when they don't match the Trope at all.
Well bush was actually successful in the War in Iraq.
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