Sometimes even the smallest mistakes can change the course of history. From devastating catastrophes, accidental discoveries, to the decisive moments in wars, we are counting down our picks for the top 10 mistakes that completely changed history.
1Edwin Rommel's wife's birthday changed the course of World War Two
Who knows how the World War Two could have ended if it weren't for this one event that completely turned the tides. We are, of course, talking about the famous D-day that happened on June 6, 1944. It all started when the infamous Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ordered one of his most trusted generals Erwin Rommel to defend the Normandy beach located on the northern coast of France.
But Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox, completely misjudged the situation as he thought that the bad weather would stop or at least delay the alliance's attack on the beach. So he took some time off to celebrate his wife's birthday. And boy, what a mistake he made. For it was exactly on her birthday, June 6, that the Allied forces caught Germans by surprise and captured all five beaches on the Normandy coast. It was estimated that almost 9,000 German soldiers died that day, and the survivors were convinced that things would have taken a different direction if only Rommel had been there to lead his men.
Another interesting thing is that when Rommel finally did show up, he required some Panzer tanks, a request that needed to be approved by Hitler himself. But the Fuhrer was asleep, and nobody wanted to wake him.
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2A translation mistake caused the Hiroshima bombing
While on the subject of the World War Two, we have to mention the most tragic event in the history of humanity that was Hiroshima nuclear bombing. How would you feel if we told you that this tragedy could have been prevented if only the Allies had the better translator? Let's explain.
The Allies demanded Japan's immediate surrender following the Potsdam Declaration so Kentaro Suzuki, Japan's premiere at the time sent a response letter that contained the word "mokusatsu" which can mean a few different things. Suzuki wanted to say that he will think about the request, but the translator completely misinterpreted this word as he thought it meant Suzuki was ignoring their request. And we all know the result. Ten days after the USA launched a first-ever atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
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