If he was a great leader why fight a battle you know you can’t win and lose so many lives, especially since Lee knew he would be eventually defeated. The situation at Appomattox was surely grim, but as has been noted, Lee had viewed the South’s situation in the same grim terms for anywhere from twenty to five months prior to 9 April 1865 (p. 332). Finally, Nolan concludes that the facts of the war cast serious doubt that Lee’s command efforts are really
Napoleon's first major mistake was made in March of 1808, when Napoleon intervened in a dispute between the present king of Spain and the king's son. He placed them both in prison and put his own brother on the throne. The people of Spain did not take too kindly to this act and so began a bloody war that was not defined by major battles, but by guerrilla warfare that kept a large number of French troops occupied to keep control of the country. French troops would end up executing hundreds of Spaniards who were thought to be resisting French power. Britain saw an opportunity to weaken Napoleon's empire by landing 13,000 troops on the coast of Portugal, where they made their way up along Spain's coastline.
Between 1915 and 1917, Italian troops only got 10 miles inside Austrian territory. But in October 1917 came the disaster of Caporetto. In this battle, in fact a series of battles, the Italians had to fight the whole Austrian Army and 7 divisions of German troops. The Italian Army lost 300,000 men. Though the Italians had a victory at Vittorio Veneto in 1918, the psychological impact of Caporetto was huge.
Harold won the battle at Stamford Bridge, which took place on 25 September 1066, though it was at a cost. By the end of the battle lots of his faithful Housecarls were either dead or injured and all of his men were exhausted. To add to this Harold
He knew that the number of soldiers he had were greatly outnumbered by all the country’s armies that wanted to end his rule, so he had to act fast. Napoleon’s grand strategy was to destroy the existing coalition forces just south of Brussels, then pushing the British back to the ocean and hopefully knock the Prussians out of the war completely. At this time, this was a far-fetched idea, however everyone actually considered Napoleon pulling it off. Napoleon cut off communication between Wellington and his country through false intelligence and this avoided an envelopment plan that Wellington at originally planned to use on Napoleon after they traveled through Mons. When Napoleon moved towards the army of Prussians, he defeated them at the Battle of Ligny, basically baffling the troops.
No sooner had he defeated them than William landed in England with an army. (He had ignored the fact that his men were tired and decided to march south as fast as possible. He thought that he could beat William’s small army and decided not to wait for the whole Saxon army. However, the Norman soldiers were better armed and organized, and were mounted on horses. Harold might have won if he had waited but) he was defeated and killed in the battle of Hastings.
Germany lost the First World War because it simply did not have the power to withstand the Allied assault. Victory was never a possibility once the Americans entered the war. There were simply too many problems waging a two-front war. Germany made a mistake by announcing that it would begin unrestricted submarine warfare. This brought the Americans in, which meant that Germany would not be able take on the allied industrial and manpower resources.
Why did William win the battle of Hastings? On October 14th 1066, a battle took place in Hastings, which is now known as the battle of Hastings. King Edward had just passed away and as there were no blood relatives to become the new heir to the throne, the next king would either have been William, Duke of Normandy, who was a distant cousin of king Edward’s or Harold, King Edward’s brother in-law. There was only one way to resolve this problem. That was to do battle .
Why did the South lose the civil war? The American civil war began in 1861 with a victory for the North. Over the four years the war lasted families were divided and over half a millions people died. There are a number of reasons to why the South lost the civil war and why the North won. The South had a much smaller army and navy which was a significant factor to why the North won.
Therefore, this suggests society has lost confidence and belief in religion. When analysing the poem, it can be understood that Yeats infers that history will repeat itself through the image of a “widening gyre”. The Second Coming was written in 1919 in the aftermath of the First Word War. This war was also known as ‘The War to End all Wars’ because it was so terrible that it was hoped that it would be the last. However, the use of “widening gyre” and “tide” highlights a sense of foreboding, suggesting that history will make a reoccurrence and peace will never be restored because society will not learn from its mistakes.