Caepio reportedly lived out the remainder of his life in luxury, however. Some 15, talents of gold the so-called Gold of Tolosa had vanished under his watch, never to be recovered. Caepio may have been a terrible general, but he was apparently an exceptional thief. Armchair historians often generalize that during the American Civil War , while the Union held a clear advantage in material, the Confederacy could field superior commanders.
That may have been true in the east the worst of the Union generals in that theater rates his own entry on this list , but in the west it was a much different affair.
Outstanding commanders such as George H. Ulysses S. Gideon Pillow. In a war that saw more than its share of unskilled politically appointed generals, Pillow was arguably the worst on either side. He first demonstrated his ineptitude during the Mexican-American War , where he had received an appointment to the rank of major general from his friend Pres. James K. After making a laughingstock of himself by ordering his men to entrench on the wrong side of fortifications at Camargo, Pillow bungled his role at the Battle of Cerro Gordo , making himself the low point of a resounding American victory.
Not one to let his own failings stand in the way of personal glory, Pillow submitted fanciful accounts of his actions at the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco to various newspapers, incurring the wrath of overall American commander Winfield Scott. Scott claimed that Pillow was ''the only person I have ever known who was wholly indifferent in the choice between truth and falsehood.
After his performance at Belmont—a spectacular success by Pillow standards—he was tasked with the defense of Fort Donelson , a key strongpoint on the Mississippi River. Grant had encircled the fort. Pillow escaped during the night, leaving Simon B.
Buckner to surrender the fort and 15, Confederate troops. The loss of Fort Donelson opened the door to Kentucky and Tennessee to Union forces and marked the beginning of the end of Confederate resistance in the west. Find Paraguay on a map of South America.
This was heeded about as well as any piece of parental advice, anywhere ever. Argentina, Brazil, and the Brazilian puppet government in Uruguay formed an alliance, and on May 1, , they declared war on Paraguay. The War of the Triple Alliance devastated Paraguay.
He was killed in combat on March 1, World War I provided a forum for any number of truly horrible commanders to assert themselves. The inept Luigi Cadorna of Italy fought a dozen battles on the Isonzo before his army completely collapsed at Caporetto. The Western Front was a much bigger stage upon which to fail, however, and British commander Douglas Haig made the most of the opportunity. Haig had largely dismissed the effect of the machine gun on the battlefield, believing that previous Allied failures owed to something other than an impenetrable wall of lead traveling at ballistic velocity.
Thus, on July 1, , Haig ordered his men to go over the top at the First Battle of the Somme , and 20, of them had the audacity to die almost immediately there were 60, total British casualties on the first day of the attack. Having amassed roughly twice as many losses in a single day as Arthur Wellesley, 1st duke of Wellington , had suffered during the entire Peninsular War , Haig saw no reason to change tactics.
He continued to view attrition as the most effective strategy for defeating Germany; the British lost some , men at the Somme. The next major British offensive came at Passchendaele July 31—November 6, , where Haig lost another , troops in a battle whose name became synonymous with pointless slaughter. Instead of sweeping around the French defenses in a massive flanking movement, the Germans were checked at the First Battle of the Marne.
Of course, that is what they did when Ludendorff pushed for the use of unrestricted submarine warfare against Allied shipping. The United States entered the war, forcing Ludendorff to accelerate his time line for a conclusive battle against the Allies on the Western Front. The Second Battle of the Somme was the first of a series of successful German offensives, but Ludendorff had failed to integrate these tactical victories into a broader strategic plan. Ultimately, he was denied his final showdown with the Allies by German political leaders who realized that the Americans could produce soldiers faster than Germany could produce bullets.
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As the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles crippled Germany, Ludendorff effectively sabotaged the Weimar Republic by propagating the belief that he and his armies had been undefeated on the battlefield. He served as a National Socialist member of the German parliament before authoring a book about how humanity exists in a state of perpetual war and why that is a good thing. Although he eventually disavowed Hitler, by that point Ludendorff had become so deeply involved with mysticism that few took him seriously.
George McClellan is one of those generals who really looks great on paper. Gordon, and George Pickett.
His work as an observer during the Crimean War gave him insight into the importance of logistics for an industrialized army, and years spent as the chief of engineering for the Illinois Central Railroad made him aware of the transformative nature of rail transport. Because he never wanted to face a superior force, he refused to fight. After months of inactivity, McClellan was finally spurred to action by Pres.
Abraham Lincoln. The resulting Peninsular Campaign April—July was a marvel of planning but something of a farce in execution. Eschewing a direct overland march to the Confederate capital of Richmond , McClellan orchestrated an impressive amphibious landing of more than , troops at Fort Monroe , at the southeast end of the peninsula between the James and York rivers.
In stereotypically McClellan fashion, he was promptly checked by a vastly inferior force under John Bankhead Magruder. By the end of May , Confederate commanding Gen. Nov 25, Austin rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. If I had opened randomly to any point in this book and read 3 pages, I would have thought it to be a 5 star book.
Furst is absolutely masterful at painting a scene, creating a mood, evoking a time and place, and fleshing out incredibly varied but wholly believable characters. If this were a movie, Furst would win an academy award for cinematography in a heart beat. But to my mind, he's a lousy director. Nothing propels the story forward from one of these wonderful scenes to the next.
Several tim If I had opened randomly to any point in this book and read 3 pages, I would have thought it to be a 5 star book. Several times, great detail went into explaining the back story and motivations of a character that then dies and is completely and permanently removed from the story moments later. Perhaps that artistically mimics the savage randomness of war where lives are snuffed out with no warning, but in a book it just disrupts the flow of the narrative.
At first I thought this book was going to be wonderful, but in the end I only finished it out of stubbornness, long since having stopped caring what would happen. There is so much to respect here, but I just couldn't get into the story. That may not be the case for everyone. It should be noted that Furst's books are intensely researched so that the fictional goings on exist on an accurate back drop of historical events both big and small.
Also, his imagination for richly detailed characters who are very much a product of their times is nothing short of amazing. From beginning to end, I really wanted to like this book, but I just never really did. View all 9 comments. Mar 07, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , thrillers-suspense-spys. Furst has written enough books about this era to choke John le Carre.
Simply put: Spy stuff.
The protagonist, Khristo, a Bulgarian national, gets squeezed between the evil heavy-handed Fascists and the evil, sneaky Communists as each vie for the hearts and minds of the Eastern European countries they would eventually take turns steamrolling. Kudos for going with Eastern Europe as the focal point rather than trotting out another English, American or French centric book. Three and a half stars rounded up. View all 5 comments. Jul 12, DoctorM rated it it was amazing Shelves: spies-and-detectives. Let's be straighforward and clear, darlings: "Night Soldiers" is one of the top ten spy novels of the last century.
It's easily up there with "Tinker, Tailor" and "Agents of Innocence". Crisp, hard, pitiless, historically-grounded.
Plowman, Jeffrey Retrieved October 6, Bucky served as an advance scout for Captain America and the Invaders, often being assigned tasks that none of the heroes could be seen doing. Miles Vorkosigan is that read. Southern Balkan Peninsula. Why It's On the List There had been occasional works before that imagined a Southern victory in the Civil War, but it was only with Bring the Jubilee that this became one of the key themes in alternate histories.
Get it. Read it. View 2 comments. May 04, Jan Rice rated it really liked it Shelves: history , genre-lit , keep-a-suitcase-packed. This book centers on the Balkans--on their rebellious sons--from the years leading up to and through the Second World War. The Turk sent his tax collectors, we sent them back a piece at a time. This fool hid in people's haylofts when the police came So the fool moved up into the mountains.
But they followed him there as well.