Most wars are strange and sometimes very stupid, because often they are the initiators of the action of a small group of people addicted to power. War often leads to very strange and at the same time an interesting episode in the history. Today we look at 10 of the most colorful of them. In 1938, 18-year-old Korean Yang Kuyondzhiong was drafted into the army of the Japanese Empire to war with the Soviet army. A year later, during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, Young was captured by the Red Army and sent to a labor camp. However, in 1942 the USSR entered into a bloody war with the approaching German army. Following the military strategy of sending soldiers to die while the enemy does not run out of ammunition, they were constantly need new soldiers. Almost under the threat of death, Young's "forced" to fight on the side of Paint army. In 1943, in the Battle of Kharkov again he was captured, but the Germans. Like the Soviet, the German army also needed new soldiers and Yang forced to fight on the side of Germany. In June 1944, Yang was the last time he was captured by the Americans. Becoming a veteran of three armies, he decided not to fight on the side of the country.
In January 1795 the French revolutionary troops approached the United Provinces (now the Netherlands) as a result of cold weather could be one of the strangest battles of that era, and indeed in the history. A group of French hussars under the command of Johan Willem was ordered to capture the stronghold of Den Helder and the Danish ships to break through to their ally, Britain. Upon arrival, the general learned that the Danish fleet under the command of Den Helder got stuck in the ice. Behind the scenes on the ice before reaching the flotilla, hussars were able to surround the ship and make the Danish sailors to surrender. This is the only recorded case in history when the cavalry captured the fleet.
In May 1943, L. Ron Hubbard, the captain of the ship, submarine hunters in the future founder of the Church of Scientology was ordered to go to his ship from Portland in San Diego. May 19, at 3:40 am, Hubbard saw to the sonar as he assumed a Japanese submarine. At 9:06 in the morning to help in the search were sent to two American airship. At midnight on May 26 in support Hubbard in search of the elusive enemy was sent a small fleet, including two cruisers and two Coast Guard cutter. Ships were released about hundreds of underwater bombs. After a 68-hour battle was no trace of damage or movement of the enemy. Later, in the report containing evidence about what happened the captains of other ships, it was stated that Hubbard led a 68-hour battle against well-known and pinpoint on a map the source of the magnetic field at the bottom of the sea.
In the autumn of 334 BC Alexander the Great failed in an attempt to free Halicarnassus (now Bodrum) from the Persians. The defenders were well-armed, and the walls of the city were able to easily withstand the firing catapults. This long and painful siege of Alexander bothered many soldiers, including two heavily armed Marines from the unit Perdikkasa who slept on a bunk bed in a tent, which meant that they often shared stories of their exploits. Once drunk, they decided to face off by the fighting. In the end, they agreed that in order to resolve the dispute themselves attack Halicarnassus. But after seeing only two persons approaching, the soldiers left the city walls, and headed toward them. It is reported that before the death of the two killed many of their enemies. However, the soldiers of both armies saw this hassle and rushed to the aid of their "own", which turned into a real battle. During the battle, which began two drunken soldiers, poorly protected the city was almost captured by the attacking army. If all the soldiers of Alexander rushed into battle, the city would certainly have resigned under pressure from two drunken soldiers, trying to face off.
November 5, 1917 the British retaliated with the Ottoman Empire, which attacked their colonies during the First World War. The Turks were forced to return to Sheriyu, south of Gaza. Richard Maynertzhagen worker intelligence services of Britain, decided to present the Turks besieged gift in the form of cigarettes dropped from aircraft and propaganda leaflets. In the mystery of the Turks, Maynertzhagen added to cigarettes opium in an attempt to intoxicate the soldiers, who are happy to smoke them. The next day, the British attacked Sheriyu, but the Turks almost no resistance. They saw that the Turks are so drugged that could barely stand on his feet, not to mention the fact that with the arms to defend their city.
Roman politician Lucullus was commander during the Third War Mitridatskoy 76-63 BC Hoping to attack the kingdom of Pontus during the absence of the army, Lucullus was surprised when the soldiers came to his own King Mithridates. Both armies were ready to start a fight, but suddenly there was a meteor in the sky as a "fireball". The molten object fell to the ground between the two armies. Both forces, fearing revenge of the gods, immediately left the field of battle, a stranger from space the first winner in the battle of the people. Lucullus in the end managed to win Pont, but he failed in an attempt to win over Armenia, as the Senate forced him to retire.
The incident occurred at the Marco Polo Bridge July 7, 1937. Located in Beijing, the bridge was just built on the border line between the Empire of Japan and China. Because of the strong tension between them, a sanitary zone was occupied by the Japanese and Chinese troops at the same time. After a night of unplanned maneuvers the Japanese on the night of July 8 there was a brief exchange of fire. When the firing stopped, the ordinary Japanese army Shimura Kukudzhiro not returned to his post. After receiving permission from the Chinese in search Kkudzhiro, Japanese, believing that ordinary captured, and in order to receive any apology, in the early morning July 8 attacked a camp of Chinese. Both sides suffered heavy losses. As a result, this battle marked the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War, which eventually became part of the Second World War. Later the same day an ordinary Shimura returned to his post, and was surprised the statement that he was taken prisoner, saying that he was lost, after he walked away from the camp to go to the restroom.
Battle of Chosinskom reservoir surrounded by between UN troops and the army of China lasted from 27 November to 13 December 1950. The Chinese army consisting of 120 thousand soldiers went to North Korea and eventually forced the UN twenty thousand army to surrender their defensive positions on the reservoir. Although the Chinese and suffered heavy losses, is still considered that in the battle for victory was the Chinese, since the UN troops at full strength left North Korea. One factor that may have contributed to the defeat of the UN forces in the Battle of the reservoir were marijuana cigarettes. After a very large loss of ammunition, mortar division of the Navy United States risked losing aircraft and anti-aircraft installations. They decided to ask for replenishment of ammunition by a parachute. Unfortunately, at the ammunition depot did not know what mortar mines were marked with the code name "marijuana cigarette", and sent to the war zone plane, filled with candy. Delicious food, often eaten, than used as mines, as it became known to support the morale, while UN troops were forced to get out of the encirclement and flee to the south.
August 26, 1346 the troops of England and Wales met the French army near the French town of Crecy. King of Bohemia, Johann stood up in the battle on the side of France and sent her army of knights. During the Crusades 1340 Johann completely lost his sight. However, having spent most of his life in the war, he is not particularly worried because of this. During the battle the English and Welsh victory was obvious, since hired Genoese soldiers of the French army were armed with longbows. However, Johann could not fully assess the chances of retreat. His knights may offer very afraid of the king to retreat and could not convince him that the battle with the enemy was not the best plan. Riding the horse, tied the bridle the horses knights on either side of him, he jumped at the British. His bold accompanying that, most likely, would have to send his punches after the battle were found dead near the deceased king.
With all due respect to Mr. Hubbard, the legendary British fleet experienced an even more terrible maritime disasters. Royal Navy battleship HMS Victoria went to the maiden voyage in 1888 and was destined to become the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. Britain could not afford to be armed battleships value of 1, 35 million pounds for the ship. Despite this, they still managed to sink it, even without the help of the enemy. June 22, 1893, 10 battleships of the Mediterranean fleet under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon went to the open sea. Dividing vehicles into two columns, with a distance of 1000 meters between them, Vice Admiral decided to try something out of the ordinary. Want to show the show, he gave orders to the first two ships columns turn 180 degrees with respect to each other and head for the port, which had to make the rest of the ships. The desire to show something like synchronized swimming, Tryon forgot to calculate the distance between the ships. That distance has not allowed them to make the maneuver. The collision of two very expensive ships could not be avoided, and therefore the ship HMS Victoria, having served only 5 years old, went to the bottom, and the battleship HMS Camperdown suffered serious damage. More than half of the team "Victoria" were killed. To avoid the shame and rather large bills, Tryon decided to retire from life, left on a sinking ship.