Jackson's energy got results, and timely reinforcements from Kentucky and Tennessee brought his available forces to a little over 5,000. After several minor attacks in December, the British launced their grand assault at dawn of January, 1815. It was a foolhardy attempt - an attack in close columns against earthworks defended by artillery and riflemen whose aim was known to be deadly. The assault ended in a terrible defeat for the British. The British lost their 3 highest ranking officers, some 2000 other casualties, and the city of New Orleans. The victory at New Orleans had no military importance, for it was fought 2 weeks after the treaty ofpeace had been signed. ( Beg to differ - had the Brits won at NO - they would not had honored the treaty - or held out for much stiffer terms.) But it did have great political and psychological importance. It was the only major victory that American forces won on land during the War of 1812. It gave Americans a reason to congratulate themselves that they had finished the war in a blaze of glory. And it made Jackson a national hero. Source: World Book Encyclopedia The Flanders campaign of 1917 was one of the most insane and brutal blood-baths in the history of war. The first phase of this "final battle" shattered the French Army. Troops refused to attack, and 21,000 deserted outright. General Haig, the British Commander, beleived he was a "Man of Destiny" - he found casualties of 70% "highly satisfactory." Troops attacked through hip-deep slime and mud, were cut to pieces by German machine guns. Losses: 30,000 per attack. Staff officers deliberately falisified reports, announced frequent "victories." The few corrospondents who visited the fron where appalled by the slaughter. Prime Minister Lloyd George secretly referred to his army chief as "brutal" and "fatuous" - but lacked the courage to replace him. For 8 months the attacks ground away. When winter and lack of "cannon fodder" brought them to a halt, 500,000 men had been killed, wounded, gassed or driven insane in Flanders Fields. For this fearfull price, Haig had gained just 4 and 1/2 miles! "In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow, row on row......" Source: In Flanders Fields, by Leon Wolff - 1958 Makes you wonder how these people defeated Napolean, gained a world empire that the sun never sets on, or maintained their independence.