Do you remember which President launched the Bay of Pigs Invasion, or which Commander in Chief shouldered the blame for the failed Operation Eagle Claw? Do you know when the Battle of Trenton took place, or which country Napoleon was trying to invade when he suffered a major 19th-century loss? Take our quiz to prove your military disaster IQ!
Throughout history, military organizations have been used to protect countries and their people, enforce borders and laws, and quash conflicts between groups with conflicting beliefs or agendas. Yet, as with every type of organization or undertaking, there are plenty of times when things take a wrong turn. When it comes to military disasters, this can mean an extensive loss of lives, both military and civilian, as well as the destruction of cities, property and million-dollar machinery.
Of course, how you define a military disaster depends on which side you're on. Because history is always written by the victors, what one side considers a disaster may be seen as a source of celebration by those on the other side. With the perspective of time, however, massive casualties of any kind can often be described as disastrous, no matter where your loyalties may lie.
Think you remember the details of some of the biggest disasters and defeats in military history? Take our quiz to find out!