From Brazilian sailors destroying their own ship to British soldiers getting drunk during the conflict Military history is filled of bizarre tales and extraordinary events that we occasionally find difficult to accept. We’ve put up a collection of bizarre incidents today.
1. The Mig-23 crash in Belgium
In the history of aviation, this is the most bizarre episode. All the way from Poland to Belgium, a Soviet MiG-23 fighter plane was operated in unmanned mode. One person was killed when it crashed into a house due to fuel exhaustion.
When the MiG-23’s Colonel Skurigin observed engine trouble during takeoff on July 4, 1989, the incident officially started. He parachuted out of the aircraft as it began to progressively lose altitude because he thought the engine was fully dead.
The fact that the plane didn’t crash, though, is surprising. Instead, it kept cruising westward while on autopilot. The US despatched fighter jets to track the MiG aircraft, and the French also put their fighter on alert in case it breached airspace. But ultimately, the MiG went down in Belgium. The Soviet Union was chastised by the Belgian government for its lack of quick action and for not alerting them whether the jet was carrying nuclear or biological weapons.
2. Huge warship causes floods
The Japanese battleship Musashi was compared to a terrifying “monster” before it was sunk by American forces in the Great Battle of Leyte Gulf.
When fully armed and equipped with cannons, the Musashi weighs more than 65,000 tonnes and is one of the two biggest and most potent battleships ever constructed (the other being Yamato). 46 cm has a mounting range of around 37 km. They also have up to 150 anti-aircraft guns and numerous small weapons.
However, due to Musashi’s tremendous size and weight, a 1 m-high tsunami was created when it was launched in November 1940, flooding nearby homes and sinking numerous fishing boats.
The Japanese soldiers forbade the inundated people from leaving their homes because of the launch’s secrecy. Fortunately for them, no more accidents prevented the remaining ship’s construction from moving on. In August 1942, the ship was finally finished.
3. During the Spanish Civil War, British soldiers become drunk and high.
In an attempt to reclaim control and counter to what Britain viewed as Spain’s disrespectful treatment of British diplomats, the British sent more than 80 ships carrying 10,000 to 15,000 troops to invade the Spanish city of Cadiz in 1625.
When British troops arrived in Cadiz, they seized barrels of wine in order to supplement their rations. They were so drunk afterwards that they threatened to revolt against their officers.
Edward Cecil, the force’s commander, gave the order for everyone to return to the ship but left 2,000 drunken soldiers behind, who the Spanish later executed. Only half of those who went back to the ship were able to go home, in part because of bad weather coupled with uncomfortable living conditions and a lack of food.
4. A Brazilian sailor sinks his own ship
Even with the development of friend-enemy technologies, mistakes can still happen on the battlefield.
The crew of the cruiser Bahia, based in northeastern Brazil, escorted Allied convoys as they engaged in live-fire anti-aircraft drills as World War II came to an end. A kite being towed behind the ship represents the potential target.
Because there was no protection device in place to stop the gun from firing too closely to the ship, the gunners during the drills unintentionally struck a row of mines in the stern.
The crew was forced to deploy lifeboats and endure a week at sea after the mine burst and sunk the ship in a matter of minutes. Fewer than a dozen of the more than 350 sailors on board survived.
5. The British plan to attack Argentina was accidentally revealed by BBC.
The Fight of Goose Green, which took place during the Falklands War, is mostly remembered by historians for two reasons: first, it was the bloodiest land battle between England and Argentina, and second, the BBC’s early disclosure, according to Mirror.
The BBC unintentionally leaked the plot at the exact moment British soldiers were getting ready to execute a plan to surprise attack the Argentine army at night.
Some British commanding officers, including Lieutenant Colonel H. Jones, were enraged by this and threatened to bring a treasonous action against the BBC and the Ministry of Defense. However, they continued their offensive campaign after that in the hopes that the Argentines would think the media reports were a hoax.
The conclusion made by Lieutenant Colonel H. Jones has been validated. Lieutenant Colonel Italo Piaggi, the Argentine forces’ commander, didn’t take any action to fortify the defences because he thought that the British wouldn’t be so perplexed as to expose their plans over the radio.
Even though they had much less soldiers than their adversary, the British yet won this fight in the end. During this engagement, Britain is believed to have captured 1,400 Argentinians as POWs.