Military Blunders

Military Blunders
Author: Saul David
Publsiher: Constable
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2012-09-06
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781780338613

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Retelling the most spectacular cock-ups in military history, this graphic account has a great deal to say about the psychology of military incompetence and the reasons even the most well-oiled military machines inflict disaster upon themselves. Beginning in AD9 with the massacre of Varus and his legions in the Black Forest all the way up to present day conflict in Afghanistan it analyses why things go wrong on the battlefield and who is to blame.

Great Military Blunders

Great Military Blunders
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Publsiher: Madcap
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-02
Genre: Battles
ISBN: 0233005099

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"From ancient times to the Bay of Pigs and the Falklands War, military history has been marked as much by misjudgements and incompetence as by gallantry and glory. In this fascinating and entertaining collection, author Geoffrey Regan recounts some of the staggering stories of military blunder. His anecdotes encompass every aspect of warfare from the insanity of commanders to the provision of inadequate supplies."--Back cover.

The Brassey s Book of Military Blunders

The Brassey s Book of Military Blunders
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Publsiher: Potomac Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2000
Genre: Battles
ISBN: 157488252X

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A look at a history that has been marked as much by incompetence as by gallantry and glory. Find out which general believed he was pregnant with an elephant and which British cruiser torpedoed itself.

Blinders Blunders and Wars

Blinders  Blunders  and Wars
Author: David C. Gompert,Hans Binnendijk,Bonny Lin
Publsiher: Rand Corporation
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2014-11-26
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780833087782

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The history of wars caused by misjudgments, from Napoleon’s invasion of Russia to America’s invasion of Iraq, reveals that leaders relied on cognitive models that were seriously at odds with objective reality. Blinders, Blunders, and Wars analyzes eight historical examples of strategic blunders regarding war and peace and four examples of decisions that turned out well, and then applies those lessons to the current Sino-American case.

Military Blunders

Military Blunders
Author: Michael Coffey
Publsiher: Hyperion
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2000-09-06
Genre: History
ISBN: 0786884703

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The quintessential book for history buffs--lively, informative inside stories on more than 50 of the most disastrous military mishaps to occur in the past 100 years--is now in paperback. of photos.

Military Intelligence Blunders

Military Intelligence Blunders
Author: John Hughes-Wilson
Publsiher: Kings Road Publishing
Total Pages: 556
Release: 2023-03-30
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781789466768

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'A cracking good read... I will recommend this book to anyone' - Professor Richard Holmes, CBE 'The Falklands, Yom Kippur, Tet and Pearl Harbor? Avoidable intelligence blunders or much worse? Altogether a compelling read from someone who knows the business' - Nigel West This book is a professional military-intelligence officer's - and controversial insider's - view of some of the greatest intelligence blunders of recent history. It includes the serious developments in government misuse of intelligence in the US-led coalition's 2003 war with Iraq, as well as failures of intelligence in Ukraine following Russia's invasion in February 2022. Colonel John Hughes-Wilson analyses not just the events that conspire to cause disaster, but why crucial intelligence is so often ignored, misunderstood or spun by politicians and seasoned generals alike. This book analyses: how Hitler's intelligence staff misled him in a bid to outfox their Nazi Party rivals; the bureaucratic bungling behind Pearl Harbor; how in-fighting within American intelligence ensured they were taken off guard by the Viet Cong's 1968 Tet Offensive; how overconfidence, political interference and deception facilitated Egypt and Syria's 1973 surprise attack on Israel; why a handful of marines and a London taxicab were all Britain had to defend the Falklands; the mistaken intelligence that allowed Saddam Hussein to remain in power until the second Iraq War of 2003; the truth behind the US failure to run a terrorist warning system before the 9/11 WTC bombing; and how governments are increasingly pressurising intelligence agencies to 'spin' a party-political line.

Military Intelligence Blunders and Cover Ups

Military Intelligence Blunders and Cover Ups
Author: John Hughes-Wilson
Publsiher: Robinson
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2012-10-25
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781472103840

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This book is a professional military-intelligence officer's and a controversial insider's view of some of the greatest intelligence blunders of recent history. It includes the serious developments in government misuse of intelligence in the recent war with Iraq. Colonel John Hughes-Wilson analyses not just the events that conspire to cause disaster, but why crucial intelligence is so often ignored, misunderstood or spun by politicians and seasoned generals alike. This book analyses: how Hitler's intelligence staff misled him in a bid to outfox their Nazi Party rivals; the bureaucratic bungling behind Pearl Harbor; how in-fighting within American intelligence ensured they were taken off guard by the Viet Cong's 1968 Tet Offensive; how over confidence, political interference and deception facilitated Egypt and Syria's 1973 surprise attack on Israel; why a handful of marines and a London taxicab were all Britain had to defend the Falklands; the mistaken intelligence that allowed Saddam Hussein to remain in power until the second Iraq War of 2003; the truth behind the US failure to run a terrorist warning system before the 9/11 WTC bombing; and how governments are increasingly pressurising intelligence agencies to 'spin' the party-political line.

How to Lose a War

How to Lose a War
Author: Bill Fawcett
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 372
Release: 2009-08-11
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780061900709

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From the Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with truly disastrous military campaigns. How to Lose a War chronicles some of the most remarkable strategic catastrophes and doomed military adventures of overreaching invaders and clueless defenders—whether the failure was a result of poor planning, miscalculations, monumental ego, or failed intelligence . . . or just a really stupid idea to begin with. Alexander invades India—and ends up in deep vindaloo. Sacre bleu! The French are humiliated by Prussia in 1870. spain's "invincible navy" breaks up off the coast of britain while attempting an invasion. the mau mau rebellion against the british in kenya shows us how not to run an insurgency. Chiang Kai-Shek's pathetic army fails to keep Mao's Communists from grabbing China.