Worst Moment in Your Country's Millitary History - Page 13




 
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November 29th, 2005  
bulldogg
 
 
Gettysburg or Lee's surrender of the Confederate Army.

Gettyeburg turned the tide of the war and gave the Northern Army the momentum.

Lee's surrender of the Army was an utter humiliation one which he, and other southerners, have never fully recovered from.
December 5th, 2005  
CanadianCombat
 
 
i would have to say the Dieppe raid or Hong Kong when the japanese attacked the Canadians
February 20th, 2011  
O.W.E.G.
 
 
The six day war
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February 25th, 2011  
lolwhassup
 
 
I'm juggling between Vietnam and World War 1. In Vietnam we won many of the battles but failed to win the over the population that supported the VC.
It is not commonly known that the U.S. Army in the WW1 was horribly under equipped and under trained. When they arrived in Europe they used European arty pieces, European trucks, hell even European small arms(because of shortages of M1903s and the lack of LMGs). Though we did win significant victories in Meuse-Argonne, Chateau Thierry, and St. Mihiel, we did nothing more than pour in fresh manpower to the Western Front and stunned the Germans into surrender.
February 25th, 2011  
Chief Bones
 
 
While the military made mistakes at Pearl Harbor and a time or two in Vietnam, the worst mistake the US Military EVER made was at Wounded Knee.

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The Wounded Knee Massacre happened on December 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek (Lakota: Cankpe Opi Wakpala) on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. On the day before, a detachment of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside intercepted Spotted Elk's (Big Foot) band of Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte and escorted them 5 miles westward (8 km) to Wounded Knee Creek where they made camp.

The rest of the 7th Cavalry Regiment arrived led by Colonel James Forsyth and surrounded the encampment supported by four Hotchkiss guns.[1]
On the morning of December 29, the troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle claiming he had paid a lot for it.[2] A scuffle over Black Coyote's rifle escalated and a shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry opening firing indiscriminately from all sides, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their own fellow troopers. Those few Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking troopers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but U.S. cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed

By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota Sioux had been killed and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300. Twenty-five troopers also died, and thirty-nine were wounded (6 of the wounded would also die).[3] It is believed that many were the victims of friendly fire, as the shooting took place at close range in chaotic conditions.[4]
To me, this was the worst case of a military blunder of the first order in US history. On this day, the US Military committed one of the worst atrocities in recorded history (leaving out the holocaust).


Of course, there ARE many other instances where the military didn't perform at peak level .. but, blundered around making mistake after mistake after mistake. Wounded Knee was one of those blunders where one mistake was compiunded by another and another till innocent men women and children were slaughtered.


For more information about Wounded Knee:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre
February 25th, 2011  
Korean Seaboy
 
 
The Japanese occupation of my country. It pains me even to think of that
February 27th, 2011  
MC Martel
 
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Originally Posted by bulldogg
Gettysburg or Lee's surrender of the Confederate Army.

Gettyeburg turned the tide of the war and gave the Northern Army the momentum.

Lee's surrender of the Army was an utter humiliation one which he, and other southerners, have never fully recovered from.
You mean gettysburg was the high point of US military history in the 19th century right? What with saving the country and putting an end to the rebellion?
May 16th, 2011  
84RFK
 
 
For Norway it must be the day the Labour party started out on a pasifist campaign that eventually left the country open for Hitler to invade.
And as some people tend not to learn from past history, we're back down the same path now, and history has a tendensy to repeat itself...


Si vis Pacem, para Bellum.
May 17th, 2011  
Del Boy
 
That reminds me of what was probably Britain's worst hour; when Chamberlain returned home waving his little piece of paper with its dodgy worthless signature from Hitler, proclaiming peace to the world.

Thank God for Winston Churchill.
May 27th, 2011  
crablisk
 
I think for China the worst moment was in 1900 when Beijing was captured by Eight-Nation alliance. We entered 20th century with our capital captured. That was so sad