General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto, 20th April 1836. Setting up a camp by the San Jacinto River, Santa Anna's Mexican army were gleefully overlooking a wood that the Texans were known to be hiding in. Displaying tactical brilliance, Santa Anna ordered his troops to take a siesta. At half past 3 in the afternoon, whilst the great man was himself enjoying a deep a refreshing sleep, his entire army was wiped out in only 18 minutes. Roused by the continueing noise from rowdy Texans attacking the encampment, Santa Anna, on realising his entire army was 'in a tight spot', he sprang up from his field camp bed, shouting "The enemy is upon us!", and disappeared, galloping away at great speed. Santa Anna cultivated a hero worship of Napolean, whom he modelled himself closely on, even going so far as to adopt Bonaparte's 'combed forward' hairstyle. He did, in fact, look nothing whatever like the Corsican, for Napolean was short and fat, whilst Santa Anna was tall, skinny, and had only one leg, which he held a burial service for after fighting the French in 1838. The funeral was attended by many well-wishers at Santa Paula cemetary. Santa Anna lacked almost all of Napolean's strategic gifts. In one inspired 'surprise attack' he dressed all his troops in enemy uniforms. The chaos was indescribable and the plan a total failure. Definately gets my vote for the Worst Tactician of all time, as well as taking the gong for the most humiliating defeat!