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POLL: Worst Examples of Overconfidence (Round 1)


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unknown member writes:

Didn't Pearl Harbour stem from a Japanese belief that war was inevitable and they were intending to deliver as much damage as they could, before it happened anyways?

If so, that's probably not a good fit, unless they passed up a better place to strike.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Battle of Mylae (First Punic War)
2
0%
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Operation Barbarossa
73
8%
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Custer at Little Bighorn
145
17%
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Winter War (Soviet Union vs Finland)
69
8%
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Persian Invasions of Greece (480 and 490)
31
4%
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Argentina in 1982
78
9%
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French at Agincourt
78
9%
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Midway 1942
27
3%
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Waterloo
16
2%
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Rorcke's Drift
18
2%
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Goering vs the RAF
62
7%
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Goering vs Allied bombers
17
2%
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Gerneral Braddock at the Monongahela 1755
19
2%
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Waco/Branch Davidians
14
2%
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Confederacy in the ACW
27
3%
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Union in the War of 1812
10
1%
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Germany in WWI
3
0%
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Germany in WWII
22
3%
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Napoleon III in the Franco-Prussian War
34
4%
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Everyone in WWI
73
8%
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Crassus in Carrhae campaign
41
5%
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other (explain)
6
1%
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no opinion
2
0%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

unknown member opines:

I was always told by my football manager to take the opposition seriously, no matter how weeny, weedy and weaky they were. Overconfidence, he would tell us in his thick Perth* accent, was the cause of more defeats than anything else.

Battles have also been lost due to the commander and/or his troops feeling they could not lose.

* he was thick and he was from Perth

Poll set up by unknown member, based on this pre-poll discussion.