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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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The accidental war

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In 1788, the Austrian army defeated … itself. Yes, you read that right. It all started when Joseph II decided he wanted to do some conquesting. He rounded up his army to defeat the Transylvanian Turks, but things started going bad when 30,000 soldiers (including Joseph himself) got malaria. Then, a fight over booze made things ten times worse. Some infantry guys wanted some alcohol and the Calvary guys didn’t want to share, so the infantry guys decided to launch a fake attack on them to scare them off and steal their booze. Calvary caught on and played along and fired off a few drunken shots. However, nobody else in the entire army knew what the hell was going on, assumed that they were under attack and started shooting in a panic. It went on all night before anyone realized what had happened and there were 10,000 casualties.

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