War is a serious matter by its very nature. After all, people for the sake of some purpose are ready to kill their own kind. In history there were many wars that were not that terrible, but rather, strange. Smoke, shots, explosions – all this happens at the will of individuals who are trying to consolidate in their power.
Events can become so serious that they turn into funny oddities. Even in war you can find your portion of humor. About the most ridiculous cases during the conduct of hostilities and will be discussed.
Capture of the fleet by the cavalry.
This unique incident occurred in January 1795. The French Revolutionary Army led the offensive against the Republic of the United Provinces, now it is the territory of the Netherlands. It was quite cold weather, which led to a very strange battle. The commander of French hussars, Johan Willem de Winter, and his companions went to capture the Dutch city of Den Helder. The attackers wanted to prevent the Dutch fleet from escaping the protection of its powerful English ally. But then the general saw that the enemy fleet in the harbor of Den Helder was simply stuck in a thick layer of ice. Hussars were able to keep silence and quietly get to the ships, surrounding them. Discouraged by the appearance of the enemy, the Dutch sailors immediately laid down their arms. This incident in the history of wars was the only one when the cavalry during their offensive were able to capture the enemy fleet.
Fight with an imaginary enemy.
Ron Hubbard is the founder of such a doctrine as Scientology. However, he managed to become famous and still a very unusual battle. It happened in May 1943. Then Hubbard headed the ship, hunting for submarines. The RS-815 was ordered to transfer from Portland to San Diego. Early on the morning of May 19, Hubbard saw on the sonar something that he took for a submarine of the Japanese. To help in the search and fight against it, two American airships were called up. By midnight on May 21, for the elusive Japanese, a whole small fleet was hunting. Hubbard in his pursuit of the enemy submarine was helped, including two cruisers, and a pair of Coast Guard boats. All together, the ships fired more than a hundred deep bombs. The persecution lasted more than 68 hours, and the enemy did not show signs of defeat, and did not even move. As a result, the command withdrew Hubbard, stopping the senseless battle. According to reports given by the commanders of other ships, the unlucky sailor fought all this time against the rather well-known and clearly marked on the maps magnetic deposit. And the actions of Hubbard almost led to a scandal, because he attacked the seabed belonging to Mexico.
Attack of drunken soldiers-rivals.
People have fought since time immemorial. And the curiosities took place not only in our time, but also in the ancient period. Alexander the Great collided with a strange battle. He tried to defeat the city of Halicarnassus (now Bodrum) from the Persians, but was forced to suspend his attack. It turned out that the defenders of the city were well armed, and the walls of the city were able even to withstand the attack of the newest at the time weapons – catapults. As a result of a protracted and difficult siege, the military spirit in Alexander’s army declined. Among the bored there were also two hoplites from the detachment Perdiccas. As neighbors in the tent, they often bragged each other for their exploits. One day they got drunk and began to argue who was braver than anyone else. As a result, the soldiers decided to just take the truth to find out, and even attack alone the unapproachable Halicarnassus. Defenders of the fortress saw that they were only a couple of Greeks and came out to meet them. Eyewitnesses recall that two soldiers of Alexander managed to kill many Persians before they were surrounded and deprived of life. But other Greeks, seeing how their comrades died, immediately rushed to their aid. This led to the beginning of a full-scale battle. The attack, provoked by a couple of drunkards, turned out to be so unexpected that defenders simply did not bother to arm themselves.Several times the attackers were on the brink of victory. But Alexander did not dare to throw the main forces into battle. Otherwise, the protected fortress would have fallen, thanks to the reckless courage of two drunken soldiers who tried to boast to each other.
Stupefying the enemy.
During the First World War, battles were fought in different parts of the world. After the Turks attacked the colonies of England, the proud islanders on November 5, 1917 struck back against the Ottoman Empire. The Turks withdrew to Sheeria, which is south of Gaza. English intelligence officer Richard Minershagen came up with how to outwit the enemy. Besieged in the fortress from the plane dropped leaflets with propaganda appeals and cigarettes. The delighted Turks did not even suspect that the English used opium instead of tobacco. Smoke with the long-awaited smoke, the defenders fell into a real dope. The attack of the British on Sheriya the next day almost met resistance – the Turks were dreaming, they were not up to the war. The defenders barely stood on their feet, about holding the rifle, and there was no question of aiming to shoot from it.
Meteorite on the battlefield.
Between 76 and 63 years BC. The Third Mithridates’ War took place. The power of the Roman Republic was headed by the experienced General Lucius Licinius Lucullus. He decided to attack the Pontine Kingdom, believing that the army of defenders was not there at the time. But Lucullus realized that he miscalculated when he met with the troops of Mithridates VI Evpator. Two armies prepared for the collision, but here in the sky a meteorite suddenly appeared. The fireball hit the ground, just between two clusters of military. Chronicles of those times say that both armies hurried to leave the battlefield, fearing the wrath of their gods. Thus, only one winner remained on the battlefield, and even that is not a man, but a soulless guest from space. Over time, Lucullus was able to still capture the kingdom of Pontus. But after the unsuccessful attack on Armenia, the general was removed from office by the Senate.
War due to a toilet break.
Quite a strange case occurred on the Marco Polo Bridge on July 7, 1937. The fighting lasted only two days. This bridge is located in Beijing and at that time it crossed the border between China and the aggressively-minded Japanese Empire. There was considerable tension between the countries, and in the buffer zone there were troops of both sides, only waiting for the order to open fire. On the night of July 7, the Japanese made night maneuvers, which resulted in a skirmish. And after the shots died down, it turned out that the soldier of the Japanese army Shimura Kikuzhiro did not return to his post. And although the Chinese allowed a search operation, opponents still believed that the sentry was captured. The cause was found, and the Japanese immediately attacked China’s position. The battle began early in the morning on July 8. Both sides suffered numerous casualties. This battle eventually led to the start of the Second Japan-China War, which in turn became part of the Second World War. And the Shimura soldier found himself on the same day. He returned to the post, having justified his absence by going to the toilet. Just a young Japanese lost, because the secluded place was located quite far from military positions.
Candy instead of ammunition.
In the history of confrontation between Chinese people’s volunteers and UN forces during the Korean War, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir took place. It was held from November 27 to December 13, 1950. China’s 120,000 army entered North Korea and forced 20,000 UN soldiers to retreat to the reservoir from their defensive positions. And although the attackers and suffered a lot of sacrifice, those events are seen as the victory of China. As a result, the United Nations completely withdrew its troops from North Korea. And one of the factors that served the defeat of the United Nations was candy “Tutsi Rolls”. US mortar gunners of the United States had few ammunition left. To replenish them with the help of air was difficult, because the enemy’s dense anti-aircraft fire prevented the aircraft from landing.Then it was decided to drop ammunition on parachutes. That’s just a cruel joke played the nickname of mortar shells, “Tutsi Roll.” Some storekeeper did not think about what for at the front of the candy. As a result, the plane dropped sweets instead of shells to poor infantrymen. Candy, of course, ate. This at least somehow maintained the morale of the soldiers as they escaped from the encirclement and went south. But mortar shells would clearly help in that situation more.
Fight of the blind king.
August 6, 1346 near the city of Crecy in France, the local troops and the combined army of England and Wales converged. In this conflict, the King of Bohemia John also got involved, acting on the side of the French. He personally headed a detachment of knights. Only John, in 1340, lost his sight during the next crusade. But the king, being a warrior for most of his life, decided to ignore this defect. When the armies came together in hand-to-hand combat, it became clear at one point that the English were winning. The fact is that their archers with large bows quite effectively fired at Genoese mercenaries of France. But the blind John could not see that it was time to retreat. And his knights were so embarrassed that they could not convince the king. As a result, instead of fleeing, he attacked the enemy. John rode horseback, and his horse’s bridle was held by two faithful knights. They, apparently, had to bend down when the blind king waved his sword desperately. The final of such an attack is quite expected – crazy heroes lost their lives.
A veteran of three armies.
Sometimes it happens that soldiers in the course of the war have to fight for one side and the other. However, this hero outshone everyone. 18-year-old Korean Yang Gyeongjon in 1938 came to serve in the imperial army of Japan. The young soldier had to fight in the Halkin Gol against the Red Army. There the Korean was taken prisoner and was sent to a labor camp. But in 1942 the Soviet Union found itself in a difficult situation and all reserves were used to fight the advancing Germans. Somehow, Ian was persuaded to persuade the USSR, most likely, he was simply offered an alternative in the form of execution. And in 1943, the Korean soldier was again captured, this time during the battles for Kharkov. Now Germany was in desperate need of soldiers, and Ian began to fight on the side of Hitler. In June 1944, the Korean was again captured. This time he surrendered to the Americans. Here, Yang apparently decided that he had enough of three different armies and preferred not to join the fourth.
Attack of own flagship.
In fairness, defending Hubbard, we note that even the famous English fleet had ridiculous incidents. In 1888, the battleship Victoria, who was called to become the flagship of the Mediterranean fleet, joined the Royal Navy. The ship cost more than $ 2 million, huge at that time money. And they did not intend to sacrifice Britain to them. Nevertheless, the battleship soon found itself sunk, what is most noteworthy, the enemy in this did not participate at all. June 22, 1893, Vice-Admiral Sir George Trion, led by ten warships of the Mediterranean squadron went to sea. The ships were divided into two columns and were only a kilometer away from each other. And then the admiral decided to try something incomprehensible. For the sake of some show, he ordered the two leading ships to turn 180 degrees relative to each other and swim farther to the port. The rest of the squadron was to repeat this strange maneuver. But the distance between the ships was much less than the turning radius of any battleship. But Trion still did not understand that his plan for a synchronized reversal would turn into a clash. As a result, two terribly expensive battleships collided in the sea. “Camperdown” was seriously damaged and “Victoria” generally drowned. But she was in the service for only about five years. In the course of such an accident, 358 sailors with Victoria died – half the crew. And Admiral Trion himself preferred death to disgrace.He stayed on the sinking ship, his last words were: “It’s my fault.”