The Weather Changed the Course of war

The weather affects people’s lives every day, sometimes it just makes us change our picnic plans, and other times extreme weather events can even change the course of a war or lead to the decline of civilization.

1. Mongol Empire vs Typhoons

In the 13th century, the leader of the Mongol Empire, Khan Khubilai, was this close to seizing Japan, but two typhoons ruined his plans. Shinto priests believed that these winds were the embodiment of everyone’s prayers and called them Kamikaze (divine wind).

2. King Charles XII vs Russian Winter

In 1709, Charles XII became the first European ruler to lead his troops against Russia during winter. The long journey and severe sub-zero conditions played a significant role in the defeat of the Swedish troops. The funniest thing is that Charles XIII was not the last general who had made this mistake.

3. British Army vs Thick Fog

The American army, led by George Washington, was full of untrained rookies and volunteers, while the British forces were all exemplary soldiers. And who knows how history would have turned if not for the thick fog that saved Washington’s army on August 22, 1776, at the Battle of Long Island.

4. France, Flood and Hail

France, already suffering from an economic crisis due to America’s support in the war against England, received an unexpected hit from nature — the spring flood, which led to the dramatic increase in food prices. But soon after, terrible hail storms destroyed most of the crops and caused irreparable damage to countless farms. This was the birth of the French Revolution.

5. Napoleon vs Russian Winter

In 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte was about to invade Russia with the largest army in Europe. His confidence only grew stronger after the successful capture of Moscow, but then the frosts rolled in. In just one day, around 50,000 army horses died due to the weather. This huge loss marked the beginning of the end for Napoleon’s empire.

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