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This was the case at Battle of Okehazama where the larger force was so confident, they had started drinking Money, Money, Money - ABBA - Arrival the encampment, when the smaller force attacked. In some cases, either by luck or good management, the smaller force killed the leader and the larger force broke upon the break down of the chain of command. This was the case at the Battle of Galveston and the Battle of Okehazama where both leaders were killed and the remaining forces, while still larger, left the combat.
In some cases, the soldiers in the minority, while fighting a larger force, were simply better trained or had better morale. This was the case at the Battle of Lacolle Mills where the British regulars, well trained and with good morale, charged less well trained US troops, and forced them to flee, even though outnumbered 12 to 1.
In some cases, subterfuge was used. In WW2, a group of just 5 Germans under the command of Fritz Klingenberg, fought Against All Odds - Various - 1 (One) (Vol. 01) troops and captured the city of Belgrade with thousands of troops in it, by pretending to be an entire army.
The battle of Lacolle Mills aka the second battle of Lacole Millsoccurring on 30 March during the War ofsaw just 80 British 13th Regiment of Foot later reinforcedin combat with a much larger force of US troops who were also armed with artillery. Being bombarded by artillery from the US forces, the leader of the British forces, Richard Handcock initially only had 80 British regulars entrenched in the Lacolle Mill against the overwhelming force.
The stout stone blockhouse resisted most of the US artillery  Desperate, and running low on ammunition, Handcock's 80 men fixed bayonets and charged the US artillery, but was pushed back because of the overwhelming numbers. However, a French Canadian force of in the area, hearing the gunfire, came to Handcock's aid. With the new men, Handcock again fixed bayonets and charged the artillery position, this time overwhelming them.
This battle saw an army of 30, samurai led by Imagawa Yoshimoto defeated by an smaller army of just led by Oda Nobunaga. The smaller army made the pretence of being in camp, while sneaking actually sneaking out.
Because of the size advantage, the larger army was in camp, and celebrating previous victories. The smaller army attacked the large army, who were still in their camp and in complete dissaray. The larger army panicked and fled in disorder. In the confusion, the leader of the larger force, Imagawa Yoshimoto came out of his tent, assuming the noise to be his own drunken men, and was killed by the invading force.
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01) battle saw Pakistani soldiers and 40 tanks attack Indian troops, with a detachement of 10 camels and 1 jeep. The Indian troops used subterfuge, stringing barbwire and putting up minefield markers, in areas where there were in fact no mines.
The Pakistani units were forced through inferior terrain and funnelled into kill zones where the numerical advantage didn't help them. The Pakistani advance stalled, not able to advance, and then eventually retreated once more Indian troops arrived.
The Pakistani forces lost troops in total, compared to Indian losses of just two men, and 5 camels. James Hatter, writing in the British media at the time, compared it to the Battle of Thermopylae.
The British commander, with men, attacked a group of Prologue - Ray Childish - Kalis Paradox. This, possibly one of the most famous unlikely victories, saw just over British and colonial troops successfully defend a farmhouse against an intense assault by 3, to 4, Zulu warriors in The massive but piecemeal Zulu attacks on Rorke's Drift came very close to defeating the much smaller garrison.
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The English achieved this unexpected victory through a combination of better tactics, favourable terrain, and the missile superiority of the longbow. The English adopted a defensive stance, erecting wooden fortifications and raining down arrows on the advancing French army. When the English archers ran out of arrows, they dropped their bows and using hatchets, swords and the mallets they had used to drive their wooden stakes in, counter attacked the now shaken, fatigued and wounded French men-at-arms massed in front of them.
The French forces had sustained heavy losses, and were bogged down in the mud and encumbered in their heavy plate armour. The counter attack from the English was a decisive blow, and the rest of the French army, having witnessed the slaughter, fled the field of battle. Henry V's victory at Agincourt, against a numerically superior French army, crippled France and started a new period in the war during which Henry V married the French princess Catherine, and their son, Henry, was made heir to the throne of France as well as of England.
The battle saw the death of between and French troops, with comparatively few English losses. During World War II Fritz Klingenbergleading a reconnaissance patrol into Belgrade, sneaked into the city through enemy lines with just 6 men. The Yugoslav Army had thousands of men stationed in the capital, having retreated to the city from the countryside in order to make a defence against the invading German army. After a number of firefights with Yugoslav troops, Klingenberg made his way to the centre of the city.
Using captured trucks, and parading captured Yugoslav troops, he presented himself to the Mayor, pretending to be a larger force. The Mayor surrendered to his forces, at which point Klingenberg gathered a number of German flags from the embassy and ran them up various flagpoles in the city. The Yugoslav troops gave up, believing that there had been a general surrender.
Shortly, another smaller force of 15 Germans came into the city, and started also pretending to be a larger group, by driving captured vehicles repeatedly around the city so as to appear to be greater in number. Some time later, the actual German Army My Life - Mirrorball - Mirrorball at the outskirts of the city, expecting to have to fight their way into the city which had a substantial troop presencethey for a while refused to believe the city had been captured by Klingenberg.
Klingenberg was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for the capture of the city. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Battle of Lacolle Mills Main article: Battle of Okehazama. Main article: Battle of Brownstown. Main article: Battle of Gate Pa. Main article: Battle of Rorke's Drift. Main article: Battle of Agincourt. Main article: Fritz Klingenberg. Edward Skeen, 1st ed. Quimby, Michigan State University Press,page Categories : Military operations.
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