Top 10 Worst Leaders in Military History

6. Antonia Lopez De Santa Anna

During the Battle of Contreras, Santa Anna’s troops outnumbered the invading US forces by more than two to one. Mexican forces also defended a strong position, yet Santa Anna failed to guard all approaches to his position. For example, he believed that rugged hills around Pedregal were impassable to a herd of goats, let alone an entire army. Americans avoided obvious routes and carved a path through difficult terrain to the town of Contreras. Santa Anna again underestimated the situation and sent only 5000 troops to plug the lines. Finally, after a string of defeats, US troops entered Mexico City and ended the war.