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  • 00:46
     
    #plan to take th Suez from the British    #aerial reconnaissance, and could see the attack mounting   
    11. In 1915 Friedrich KreB von Kressenstein had a plan to take th Suez from the British. The problem was the British had aerial reconnaissance, and could see the attack mounting.
  • 01:45
     
    #Enver Pasha    #total destruction at the Battle of Sarikamish   
    10. Ottoman Minister of War Enver Pasha leads the Ottoman army to total destruction at the Battle of Sarikamish. This winter 1914-1915 battle between the Ottoman and the Russians sees the remains of the Ottoman army retreating in their summer uniforms much like the WW2 German Army retreat from the Eastern front.
  • 02:35
     
    #Battle of Neuve Chapelle    #British broke through the German lines, then just sat there and did nothing   
    9. The 1915 Battle of Neuve Chapelle -- The British broke through the German lines, then just sat there and did nothing for 8 hours. It took such a long time to coordinate the followup use of reserves due to factors like poor communication.
  • 03:11
     
    #entire Russian plans on a dead officer    #Battle of Tannenberg   
    8. Germans find the entire Russian plans on a dead officer, and decimate the Russians at the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg.
  • 03:36
     
    #mass formations in brightly colored uniforms    #greatest single day death toll for one side in the war    #Le pantalon rouge, c'est la France! (The red trousers are France!)   
    7. August 22, 1914 -- The French army marches out in mass formations in brightly colored uniforms and heavy sabres to be met by German machineguns. This resulted in 27, 000 killed, the greatest single day death toll for one side in the war. According to Barbara Tuchman's book "The Guns of August", then French Minister of War Adolphe Messimy's calls to adopt a more subdued uniform as had the British and the Germans was to no avail when the former Minister of War Eugene Etienne declared "Le pantalon rouge, c'est la France! (The red trousers are France!)."
  • 04:09
     
    #possibly the worst General of WW1   
    6. Oskar Potiorek, possibly the worst General of WW1, fails in its attempts to attack Serbia.
  • 05:00
     
    #Winston Churchill    #predicted to end in defeat   
    5. Winston Churchill's plan to break through the Dardenells, take Constatinople and defeat the Turks. This was a plan that was predicted to end in defeat of the British by three British Sea Lords in the previous 10 years, including Winston Churchill himself.
  • 05:34
     
    #doomed offensives against the Russians in the Carpithian mountains   
    4. Austrian Chief of the General Staff Conrad von Hotzendorf launches 3 doomed offensives against the Russians in the Carpithian mountains. Here again, the Germans were entirely ill prepared for the Russian winter and faced -30 temperatures in cardboard soled shoes. This cost about 800, 000 men.
  • 06:26
     
    #Gavrilo Princip   
    3. Gavrilo Princip shoots Franz Ferdinand, the one man who may have helped Serbia in its ambitions.
  • 07:04
     
    #Conrad von Hotzendorf    #attempted to start war about 30 times    #Franz Ferdinand was one of the ones that prevented these   
    Conrad von Hotzendorf had attempted to start war about 30 times in the 2 years prior to WW1. Franz Ferdinand was one of the ones that prevented these wars.
  • 07:19
     
    #Russians ignored their intelligence    #Gorlice�Tarn�w Offensive   
    2. The Russians ignored their intelligence that the Germans were preparing a massive counter offensive, and did not prepare. With the Gorlice�Tarn�w Offensive, the Russians lost about 8 months of gain in a couple of weeks.
  • 08:37
     
    #Franz Josef   
    1. Franz Josef declaring war on Serbia intiated the entirety of WW1 and is the stupidest move of WW1.

Top 11 Stupid Moves of Early World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR - Ranking

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