Top 11 Stupid Moves of Early World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR


In August 1915, the First World War was one-year-old and because we all love these lists, let us take a look at the biggest mistakes and the most stupid moves of that first year in another of the Great War‘s excellent videos.

We will start with a general overview of the list and then let Indy Neidell talk you through the mistakes in more detail in the video.

Ottomans try to take the Suez Canal But forget Air planes exist


From January 26 to February 4, 1915, the German-led Ottoman Army force that had advanced from Southern Palestine arrived to attack the Suez Canal, which was protected by the British Empire.

A significant number of troops crossed the Sinai peninsula, but they failed at their attack because of alert defenders and strongly held defences.

Enver Pasha lost 100.000 men in one battle, achieving nothing


Enver Pasha took command of the Ottoman forces as they fought the Russians in the Caucus Theatre. With plans to encircle the Russian troops and then force them out of Ottoman territory with the goal of taking back the Batumi and Kars that had been lost after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.

Enver considered himself to be a superior military leader.

Neuve Chapelle – British Forget to send in the reserves

Source: Bundesarchiv
Source: Bundesarchiv

The British launched an offensive in France’s Artois region then broke through at Neuve-Chappelle. Their successes couldn’t be achieved though as the breakthrough in trench defenses were shown to be feasible if a carefully prepared attack was formed and then disguised to cause minimal surprise.

After the initial shock of the attack, the German defense recovered because the attackers were defeated by communication losses, delays, and the disorganization of their troops.

Russian offensive plans found  – Leading to Tannenberg

There was a minor outcome of the Battle of Gumbinnen that ended up leaving long-lasting effects. After the battle ended a note was found in the belongings of a Russian officer who was killed that detailed the largest part of the Russian plans for the military campaign.

With this intelligence, Ludendorff and Hindenburg stopped the German retreat and decided to advance with a different initiative. The result was the Battle of Tannenberg, which was on the greatest victories that German had to their credit during the war.

France fights with Sabres and brightly coloured uniforms

A French postcard from 1914 showing troops attacking “a l’outrance” – they suffered appalling casualties
A French postcard from 1914 showing troops attacking “a l’outrance” – they suffered appalling casualties

As the war began, the French soldiers kept the traditional brightly-colored uniforms of the 19th century to wear into active warfare. These included features that were conspicuous, such as red trousers and blue coats for the cavalry and infantry.

Plumed helmets along with breastplates were worn by the French cuirassiers with attire almost the same as it was during the Napoleonic period. After a few battlefield disasters, uniforms were quickly changed.

General Potiorek and the botched 3rd invasion of Serbia

Source: Wikipedia

On November 16, the Battle of Kolubara got underway when Oskar Potiorek led a group of Astro-Hungarians under his command to the Kolubara River as part of the year’s third Serbian invasion. After the Serbian Army had been forced to take numerous retreats, the Serbs withdraw from Belgrade, which was their capital.

On December 2, a surprise counterattack all along the front was launched by the Serbian Army. From December 14-15 the Astro-Hungarians retreated from Belgrade and headed back to Austria-Hungary having accomplished nothing from the invasion.

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