Top 8 Moments When Nature Has Put An End To Wars Or Conflicts

Nature is often accused of raging and killing many innocent humans during storms. But the opposite is also true. Finally, let us say th...



Nature is often accused of raging and killing many innocent humans during storms. But the opposite is also true. Finally, let us say that nature has sometimes intervened against its will, putting an end to conflicts. Be careful, we didn't say that it didn't kill people, but it just cancelled battles, so don't ask nature too much either.

1. A typhoon prevented Mongolian invasions into Japan in 1281

It's not new, but it should speak to you because it's in this story that we find the origin of the word Kamikaze. So we are in the 13th century in Japan. The Mongolian invasions led by Kubilai Khan are going well since he has already conquered Korea, so it is quite naturally that he is going to conquer Japan. Except that BIM, a typhoon lands there - the famous "kamikaze" (which means "divine wind") - for two days and shoot down the second invasion attempt in 1281. The Mongolian fleet took a blow, which saved Japan at the same time. YAY. For example, the same term "suicide bomber" was used by extension to refer to suicide pilots during the Pacific War.

2. South Talpatti Island was buried under water while Bangladesh and India were fighting over it

It's 1970. The cyclo Bhola has just struck in the Bay of Bengal and left behind a new uninhabited island. Except we don't know whose it is. It was then known by two names: South Talpatti for Bangladesh and New Moore for India. As a result, Bangladesh and India are fighting over its sovereignty. India even sent ships in the early 1980s to mark its territory. Except that from 1987 we began to see that the island was shrinking dangerously until it was definitively engulfed in 2010, just like the conflict that its existence caused. THANK YOU global warming.

3. A storm ended the 1796 Irish Expedition

The French Revolution gave rise to other rebellions. Thus, the United Irish Society was a revolutionary organization against British power. As a result, France wanted to support these small rebels and sent fleets to drive the British out of Ireland (and ultimately reduce the military power of the British). Problem: the weather is not Clement (nor Robert HAHAHAHAHAHA). Storms and fogs are brewing, the fleet is being smashed by the fleet (second "HAHAHAHA"), the French are unable to reach the coast. In short, they are forced to turn back to Brest and too bad for the revolutionary Irish.

4. The great winter of 1709 put an end to the absolute monarchy in Sweden

If the cause-and-effect relationship is not as direct, it is enough to put oneself in context. This is 1709. The first thermometers have just been invented. In cottages, there is a fire on the ground and a hole in the ceiling to let the smoke escape. Except that the cold is hitting Europe, a freezing wind is rushing into the habitats and killing half a million people in France alone. It's so cold that you can reach Denmark and Sweden on foot. Alongside this rotten climatic context, there was the Great Northern War between Russia and the Swedish Empire between 1700 and 1720, which ended in the defeat of Sweden, whose troops were unable to survive the extreme cold, especially on the even harsher Russian lands.

5. The Invincible Armada could not conquer England due to the lack of favourable weather conditions

"The Invincible Armada" is the name of the Spanish fleet that was to conquer England in 1588 whose siege of Elizabeth I threatened Spanish sovereignty in the Netherlands. 130 ships set sail with 30,000 men on board, including 20,000 soldiers. But the weather doesn't follow. The fleet could not find a friendly port to help it and it had to abandon its invasion plan. But the weather still did not follow and destroyed the entire fleet, whose survivors were scattered along various coasts and often massacred. If England won, however, it was not because of her that the invasion was abandoned (the British soldiers were only able to concretely destroy two ships) but because of the weather.

6. Thanks to the cold, the French cavalry was able to capture a Dutch fleet in 1795

This capture has remained in military records. And for good reason, it is the only case of cavalry boarding a fleet to date. We are therefore in 1795, in the middle of the wars of the French Revolution. As part of the conquest of Holland, General Pichegru (a name that cannot be invented) was at the head of the French army that took over its winter quarters in Amsterdam. But the general learned that a Dutch fleet was squatting 80 km away in Helder. Except that winter is virulent, and the fleet is trapped by ice. So it was as easy as pie to come and say hello to the Dutch hussars.

7. The first battle of Fort Fisher ended in failure due to a storm

During the Civil War, Fort Fisher was a Confederate fortification that was supposed to protect Wilmington Harbour. This is why the fort was the scene of the last great battles of the civil war. Thus, from 23 to 27 December 1864, Union forces tried to capture the fort in vain because of a major mega storm. The battle is a failure and the Feds must break. The balls, the glands, the dropping boogers.

8. The assault by US soldiers to recover hostages in Iran has been cancelled due to a sandstorm

You know this story because it was told in Ben Affleck's film Argo. We will not go into detail about this American hostage crisis in Iran, which took place from 79 to 81 for 444 days. Basically, in October 79 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who was exiled in Mexico was hospitalized in the United States, which irritates the Iranian authorities who would like to recover the cattle (cattle because shah = cat, this one is not bad LOL) in order to judge him. Iranian students storm the US Embassy in Tehran and capture 56 US diplomats and civilians. The Oscar-winning film recounts the rescue of 13 of them within two weeks of the hostage-taking. But the episode we are interested in takes place in 1980 when President Carter broke good relations with Iran by launching a commando to free the hostages. However, Operation Eagle Claw failed because of... the famous sandstorms.

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