Top 10 Military Catastrophes

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Bad decisions or practical errors have led to some of the most well known military catastrophes in history. These errors were mainly to do with believing wrong information and making use of shoddy equipment. The following are some of the top 10 military catastrophes.


1. The “Battle” of Karansebes


Karansebes is a unique catastrophe in which a drunken army defeated itself. In 1788, the Austrian army fought the infantry using actual gunfire just because they demanded some liquor. Hearing the squabble the remaining army started fighting at what they thought were Ottoman Turks. The fact was they had actually fired at Austrians only and the Turks arrived there only two days later and discovered that 10,000 Austrians were dead in an abandoned town.


2. The Battle of Pliska


Ignoring the entreaties for peace, Nikephoros I, the Byzantine emperor landed on Bulgaria in 811 with over 75000 men and ransacked Pliska, the capital. He looted Khan’s treasury who was forced to admit defeat. Later he was defeated shortly after he left Pliska in a confrontation that crushed his whole army.


3. The battle of the Teutoburg Forest


In the Teutoburg disaster; 3 Roman armies were defeated by German tribes. In this battle some 25000 Romans lost their lives.


4. The Battle of Agincourt


In the Battle of Agincourt, it is believed that the French were extremely indecisive in spite of being eager to mark a victory. They charged on the pikes till the English were completely fortified and ended up protecting the longbows of the English. The extent of loss of lives among the French was more men than the English in this worst military catastrophe.


5. The Spanish Armada


During the 16th century, Spain was a great superpower. The Spanish army thought of undertaking a sea combat that was outdated. Due to utter disorganization, most of the ships did nothing also owing to the bad weather conditions. Without engaging the English in any way, Spain lost more than 15000 men due to shipworms and storms.


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