Thursday, January 26, 2017

How to Lose a Fight

One of the more interesting episodes in military history is the British defeat at the Battle of Castlebar in 1798. Maj. Gen. Hutchinson, with 6000 troops was defeated by the French general, Humbert, with 1000 French and 1000 Irish rebels. The defeat was the result of Hutchinson's rushing into battle, against the advice of Lord Cornwallis (the Viceroy, and the former commander of the British forces at Yorktown), impelled by the urgency of the situation, without taking time to rest, consider the state of his forces and the disposition of the enemy, and make proper plans. It is one of the most shameful defeats in British history, and a lesson in the dangers of letting passion overrule reason.…/races-castlebar.php

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