Shame! Examples of Military poorly served by government

Oct 2016
1,107
Merryland
#1
thoughts on times when soldiers and sailors were poorly supported by their (civilian) overseers. (not talking about tactical blunders like Light Brigade)

Continental Congress / Colonial Army: Valley Forge / Fort Necessity. the continental army was eating scraps and dressed in rags while locals sold supplies to the brits. don't blame the locals, blame congress ('if pro is the opposite of con...') for debating instead of acting.

Royal Spanish Navy in the Spanish-American War. the men were sent out to fight in slow underarmed underarmored museum piece ships and suffered casualties of unbelievable proportions (Battle of Manila Bay: Spain lost eight ships and 345 casualties; U.S. lost ten casualties and one ship damaged). how bout that National Pride boys?

Russian Imperial Army Infantry, WWI: many troops sent to the front without rifles. 'wait till one of your buddies gets shot and grab his gun'. no wonder the people overthrew the Tsar.

Imperial Japanese Army, WWII: Yamashita gambled and took his army down Malaysia with a few days of supplies, telling the troops to live off the land and captured materiel. lucky for them the Brits, poorly led and disorganized, abandoned boatloads of supplies. many a Japanese soldier entered Singapore with a belly full of 'Churchill Rations'.
success bred failure; in subsequent campaigns the allies moved or destroyed supplies and thousands of Japanese soldiers starved in New Guinea, Guadalcanal and elsewhere. fighting spirit will only take you so far.
 
Aug 2015
2,359
uk
#2
I think many countries have always treat their veterans appallingly, especially those invalided out of the armed forces. Also in the US you could die fighting for your country but note have the vote; surely those willing to lay down their lives for their country have more right to vote for their choice of President than anyone?

Legal pressganging was also a disgrace
 

Pendennis

Ad Honorem
Mar 2013
3,386
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
#3
One of the most famed examples of this occurred during the Crimean War -1854-56- when 'Times' (London) war corrrespondent Howard Russell exposed glaring inadequacies in British Army logistics and supply . Also Florence Nightingale exposed the woeful medical provision made for wounded British and allied troops too.
 
Nov 2010
7,648
Cornwall
#8
One of the most famed examples of this occurred during the Crimean War -1854-56- when 'Times' (London) war corrrespondent Howard Russell exposed glaring inadequacies in British Army logistics and supply . Also Florence Nightingale exposed the woeful medical provision made for wounded British and allied troops too.
I love the one about 56,000 left boots (or something like that)
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
26,598
Italy, Lago Maggiore
#10
The Italian Royal Army [btw, its General Commander in WWI was born here and his mausoleum is a touristic attraction] had almost always been sent to fight without suitable preparation, equipment, weaponry, logistics and supplies.

The disaster at Caporetto [early phases of WWI] and the tragedy of the Italian soldiers in Russia [when Italians took part to the German invasion] were the occasions when this was absolutely evident.
 

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