Most insane campaign

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Sydney
For felons convicted of high treason and executed , it was common to send pieces of the guy to the major cities of England to be displayed
the head had pride of place on London bridge

Saints body were commonly quartered and the parcel given to churches for purpose of pilgrimage

great lords would have their heart buried in place of special affection
 
Apr 2019
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Ireland
The Athenian expedition to Sicily during the Peloponnesian War. Embarking on a Western adventure when enemies closer to home were undefeated was ultimately very costly in terms of men/resources and eventual defeat. The rekindling of their adversaries appetite for war and the support they gained from Persia eventually brought about the Athenian capitulation.
 
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stevev

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Apr 2017
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Las Vegas, NV USA
The invasion of Quebec by the American rebels in 1775. Both militarily and politically stupid.
Yeah! They did't even speak English and French speakers (from France) could not understand their "French".
 

Zip

Jan 2018
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Comancheria
Yeah! They did't even speak English and French speakers (from France) could not understand their "French".
And the New Englanders had been bitter religious enemies of the Catholic French. The French in Canada found the Anglican English far easier to get along with than the Calvinist New Englanders. The American rebels were either nuts or stupid to think the Canadians would side with them.
 

Willempie

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Jul 2015
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Netherlands
Attacking Spain when Hannibal is at the gate.
Caesar going for Alesia.
And why nobody mentioned blocking a big army with 1000 soldiers or less at Thermopylae?
 

betgo

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Jul 2011
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And the New Englanders had been bitter religious enemies of the Catholic French. The French in Canada found the Anglican English far easier to get along with than the Calvinist New Englanders. The American rebels were either nuts or stupid to think the Canadians would side with them.
A major cause of the rebellion was the Quebec Act of 1774. I promised religious toleration and the use of the French language and French law. It also gave the land prohibitted to settlement by the Proclamation of 1763 to Quebec. There were fears that Roman Catholicism would be established in that area and that trials would be in French without juries. Also, some of the Founding Fathers and others had huge investments in disputed titles to land in that area.

The English government and the Catholic Church worked together well in Quebec, and both were able to justify it religiously, partly because they were close theologically.

The invasion was probably a result of delusional thinking, as was the invasion in 1812 and their quasi ally's invasion of Russia at about the same time.


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Nemowork

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Jan 2011
8,478
South of the barcodes
The invasion of Quebec by the American rebels in 1775. Both militarily and politically stupid.
yeah but that seems to be a theme of every American invasion of Canada.

Although the gold crown for stupidity has to go to the Fenian invasion.
 
Dec 2018
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Cheyenne
Russia 1812. Insane hubris pretty much unmatched in history.
Napoleons goal was to catch the Russian army in the field, destroy them, achieve a favorable peace. Much like he had done to the Austrians and Prussians. Not really that insane. Nothing like Hitler attempting to conquer a continent.
 

pugsville

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Oct 2010
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Napoleons goal was to catch the Russian army in the field, destroy them, achieve a favorable peace. Much like he had done to the Austrians and Prussians. Not really that insane. Nothing like Hitler attempting to conquer a continent.
A Plan that takes no account of possible enemy action is not a plan but a day dream. A pleasant fantasy. Naploen's "plan" was that his opponets would do excatly what he wanted. Well not this time.

Napoloen brings a massive army, so tehonly sensible strategy for the Russians is to retreat, Napoleon receives a number if waarnings about this, one From Alexnader himslef in leytter telling Napoloen what teh Russians will do that Napoleon recieves soon aftee the c,mapaigns begins. Napoleon is lured forward step by step never really maikng a decison or plan to advance deep into Russia, a thing that he has not planned or prepared for, yet unable to fact facts and cut his losses, he just repeatedly fails to evelaute the campaign objectivity. His logistics were filaing the amry in there assmebly areas in Poland. To advance repeatedly, outrunning what supply lines he had, slowly over months destorying his own army, just believing the vain hope that his opponets will just deliver themselves to him.

How is that rational behavior?