I can't think of a better name for it. Hilariously failed battle, underrated tyrants, african samurai, etc.
It had a good thread on /tg/ months ago but the archive went down.
>Yasuke (c. 1555/6-?) was a black (African, or of African origin) retainer who was in the service of the Japanese hegemon and warlord Oda Nobunaga between 1581 and 1582. The name "Yasuke" was granted to him by Nobunaga, although why and when is unclear. His original name is not recorded in any source, so we do not know if Yasuke is a Japanese rendering of his previous name, or a wholly new name granted by his lord.
aka /his/ humour thread
Heard of Félix Faure, the French president who died while getting a blowjob from a mistress?
OK, maybe it wasn't a blowjob, only "sex". The relation between the girl and the president may have been related to money, as her husband worked for the Elysée (presidential palace).
Wiki article is better in French, try to google translate it. Shame the puns are untranslatable.
>Il fut remplacé par un prêtre de passage devant l'Élysée qui, en demandant à son arrivée : « Le président a-t-il toujours sa connaissance ? » se serait entendu répondre : « Non, elle est sortie par l'escalier de service ! »
I was reading a book on the Russian Civil War that mentioned an incident where retreating Russian forces in WW1 attempted to dig in, only to find that one of the officers had sold all the shovels, wood, and barbed wire the day before
Seriously there was some Blackadder Goes Forth worthy material in there
Russians in general are hilarious when it comes to war.
Pretty sure most people here have already heard this story before, but in case others haven't:
Yang Kyoungjoon's military service was odd in that he was a Korean who, during WWII, fought for the Japanese, then the Soviets upon being captured by them, then Germans upon being captured by them, and finally eventually captured by the Americans during the D-Day landings. Guy just couldn't catch a break.
Found it, it's A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution
>Without a defensive strategy (Dmitriev, the Third Army commander, had left his headquarters to attend the annual celebration of the Order of the Knights of St George), the Russians were forced into headlong retreat. General Denikin described it as 'one vast tragedy for the Russian army. No cartridges, no shells. Bloody fighting and difficult marches day after day.' Within ten days the Third Army's shattered remnants — a mere 40,000 of its 220,000 troops — had fallen back to the San River, the last natural barrier between the Germans and Przemysl. They prepared to make a stand on its banks, only to find that corrupt officers had sold all the spades, barbed wire and timber needed to build the trenches.
>Captain Samfarov, another of Os'kin's commanders, was an ice-cream glutton, too fat to fit into his uniform, who hid in his private dug-out whenever the shelling began. He liked to 'keep his men on their toes' by ordering midnight attacks, despite the obvious lack of strategic preparations for nocturnal fighting. Once, when such an assault nearly destroyed the whole battalion and Os'kin's men returned the following day in a terrible state, Samfarov had them lined up in their ranks and shouted at them for half an hour because they had failed to polish their boots.
Honestly after reading what the Russian soldiers had to put up with it's not hard to see why they'd side with godless gommies