Weird History

The Worst Defeats in Military History

For as long as human civilization has existed, so has war. Often a deciding factor in the history of centuries to come, decisive battles are among the most crucial chapters of the human story. The most important of those chapters are the biggest losses. The worst defeats in history shattered nations and broke empires. They signaled the end of eras and the rise of new ways of thinking. In essence, they completely reset the drawing board for humanity.

These defeats have much to teach us. Studying how a battle is lost is often more useful than analyzing how it was won. It shows how history went wrong, and how to avoid such a fate in the future.