Napoleon Bonaparte’s most humiliating defeat came in July 1807. To celebrate a recent treaty between Prussia, France and Russia Napoleon suggested his Imperial Court have a rabbit hunt.
His Chief-of-Staff Alexandre Berthier organised the occasion, with a lush, green field and a shipment containing hundreds of rabbits. Unfortunately the rabbits were tame and when Napoleon entered the field they thought he was their keeper coming to feed them.
Napoleon was charged by hundreds of hungry rabbits racing at 55km per hour. He had no choice but to turn and flee from battle.