15 Top Military Blunders in History. History is full of some pretty interesting stuff, especially when it comes to the military. For the most part, we consider leaders of armies to be smart and detailed. It’s certainly not a decision anyone should take lightly—there are literal lives at stake! That being said, some generals don’t make the smartest choices. Some of them make some pretty critical blunders that lose battles, and sometimes even wars.
Any history buff can regale listeners about conflicts that were pointlessly fought and could have been easily avoided. Operation Barbarossa is an excellent example of this. German forces decided to attack the Soviet Union during the winter, and now, it’s become a joke to scale how bad a decision can be; “on a scale of one to attacking Russia during the winter, how bad is this choice?” If you ever wondered where this came from, now you know—Operation Barbarossa.
Today, we’re going to go over some other dreadful military decisions that led to needless casualties. Heck, some of these could even account for the fall of entire empires! Granted, it’s hard to say what would have happened if the battles went in the opposite direction, but we’re sure some of these left leaders kicking themselves in the butt.
Without any further ado, here are some of the top military blunders that have occurred throughout history!