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Defeat Collection

"Defeat: A Powerful Reminder of Resilience and Redemption" Moses, with hands held up high, led his people through the wilderness

Background imageDefeat Collection: Scipio Africanus meeting Hannibal at Battle of Zama

Scipio Africanus meeting Hannibal at Battle of Zama
SECOND PUNIC WAR : the Roman general and statesman Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus meets the Carthaginian leader Hannibal before defeating him at the Battle of Zama, near Carthage in North Africa

Background imageDefeat Collection: The Remnants of an Army

The Remnants of an Army. Photomechanical print after Elizabeth Thompson (later Lady Butler). Associated with the Retreat from Kabul, 1st Afghan War (1838-1842). Date: 1856

Background imageDefeat Collection: Moses / Millais / Hands Up

Moses / Millais / Hands Up
MOSES Hebrew prophet and lawgiver watches the Israelites defeat the Amalekites, his arms held up by Aaron and Hur to ensure success

Background imageDefeat Collection: WW II - Admiral Karl Doenitz Donitz, German navy

WW II - Admiral Karl Doenitz Donitz, German navy
Vintage photograph World War II - Admiral Karl Doenitz Donitz, German navy

Background imageDefeat Collection: Vercingetorix goes to Cesar

Vercingetorix goes to Cesar
JLJ4653165 Vercingetorix goes to Cesar by Royer, Lionel Noel (1852-1926); (add.info.: Vercingetorix (72-46 BC), leader of the Gaulish rebellion, deposited the arms at the feet of Cesar (100-44 BC)

Background imageDefeat Collection: Dewey Defeats Truman Newspaper

Dewey Defeats Truman Newspaper
St. Louis, MIssouri: November, 1948. President Harry Truman holds up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune declaring his defeat to Thomas Dewey in the presidential election

Background imageDefeat Collection: Moses Hands Held Up

Moses Hands Held Up
The Israelites are enabled to defeat the Amalekites because Moses arms are held up by Aaron and Hur; if he had let them fall, the Israelites would have lost the day

Background imageDefeat Collection: EVNT2A-00053

EVNT2A-00053
Marshal Ney bringing the French rear-guard out of Russia with heavy losses, 1812. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th century painting

Background imageDefeat Collection: Battle of Long Island, New York, Revolutionary War

Battle of Long Island, New York, Revolutionary War
Retreat of American army from Long Island after defeat by the British, 1776. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDefeat Collection: England V Wales Rugby

England V Wales Rugby
England defeat Wales at Blackheath by 17-0

Background imageDefeat Collection: Capture of the Eagle, Waterloo, 1898 (oil on canvas)

Capture of the Eagle, Waterloo, 1898 (oil on canvas)
3431719 Capture of the Eagle, Waterloo, 1898 (oil on canvas) by Sullivan, William Holmes (1836-1908); 61x92 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageDefeat Collection: For He Had Great Possessions, 1894, (1912). Artist: George Frederick Watts

For He Had Great Possessions, 1894, (1912). Artist: George Frederick Watts
For He Had Great Possessions, 1894, (1912). Painting held at the Watts Gallery, Guildford, Surrey. From Bibbys Annual 1912, [J. Bibby & Sons, Liverpool, 1912]

Background imageDefeat Collection: EVCW2A-00019

EVCW2A-00019
General Robert E. Lee surrendering the Confederate army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in 1865

Background imageDefeat Collection: American Indians. Sitting Bull, Chief of the Sioux

American Indians. Sitting Bull, Chief of the Sioux
Portrait of Sitting Bull with elaborate feathered head dress reaching to the ground. Sitting Bull lead the resistance against the Americans which culminated in the defeat of General Custer

Background imageDefeat Collection: Westbury White Horse

Westbury White Horse
On the Downs at Westbury, Wilts is this Great White Horse commemorating the defeat of the Danes by Alfred at the Battle of Ethandune in 878

Background imageDefeat Collection: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill V for victory salut

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill V for victory salut
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill making his V for victory salute

Background imageDefeat Collection: Napoleonic Wars (1796-1815). BATTLE OF THE ROTHIERE (1814

Napoleonic Wars (1796-1815). BATTLE OF THE ROTHIERE (1814-02-01). Napoleon, at the head of a blue division of the guard, recovers the hamlet of Giberie. Colored engraving

Background imageDefeat Collection: Illustration of Francisco Pizarro standing next to Inca Emperor Atahualpa in room full of gold

Illustration of Francisco Pizarro standing next to Inca Emperor Atahualpa in room full of gold

Background imageDefeat Collection: Spanish Armada, 1588

Spanish Armada, 1588
Defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English navy, 1588. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageDefeat Collection: Don t Waste Bread Wwi

Don t Waste Bread Wwi
Poster advising the public to eat less bread, and save two thick slices a day to defeat the U-boats during WWI. Thats a dangerous way to cut bread!

Background imageDefeat Collection: Cartoon / Zulu War / Punch

Cartoon / Zulu War / Punch
A LESSON Punch comment on the British defeat; the lesson - despise not your enemy

Background imageDefeat Collection: Boer War: Tweebosch

Boer War: Tweebosch
TWEEBOSCH De la Reys Boers inflict a crushing defeat on Methuens force, wounding and capturing the general and scoring a major tactical victory

Background imageDefeat Collection: Medusa and Perseus

Medusa and Perseus
The only way to defeat Medusa is not to look at her : Perseus keeps his gaze averted as she seeks to destroy him

Background imageDefeat Collection: Up, Guards, and at them! Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo (chromolitho)

Up, Guards, and at them! Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo (chromolitho)
5234168 Up, Guards, and at them! Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo (chromolitho) by Woodville, Richard Caton II (1856-1927) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Up, Guards, and at them)

Background imageDefeat Collection: Henley Regatta 1955

Henley Regatta 1955
The final of the Ladies Challenge Plate. The Queens College Cambridge eight defeat their opponents from Lady Margaret College, Cambridge

Background imageDefeat Collection: Flavius Aetius (Relief)

Flavius Aetius (Relief)
FLAVIUS AETIUS Roman commander in the West, notable for his defeat of Attila and the Huns at Chalons, 451

Background imageDefeat Collection: England V Scotland 1901

England V Scotland 1901
Scotland defeat England at Blackheath by 18-3

Background imageDefeat Collection: Ireland V England 1900

Ireland V England 1900
Ireland defeat England in Dublin

Background imageDefeat Collection: Black Prince & Jean II

Black Prince & Jean II
Jean II of France yields himself prisoner to Edward, the Black Prince, after the English forces defeat the French at the battle of Poitiers

Background imageDefeat Collection: The Zulu war. Sir Garnet Wolseleys camp at Ulundi. Zulus co

The Zulu war. Sir Garnet Wolseleys camp at Ulundi. Zulus co
Following the Zulu defeat at Ulundi, Zulu capital and place of their ancestors, Garnet Wolseley took command of the British army from Lord Chelmsford

Background imageDefeat Collection: Battle of Culloden

Battle of Culloden
British troops at the Battle of Culloden defeat the Highlanders of the Young Pretender, Charles Stuart

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CRECY
At CRECY, 9000 English soldiers under Edward III defeat 30, 000 French under Philippe VI - a triumph of the English strategy of bowmen against cavalry

Background imageDefeat Collection: Waterloo [Crofts]

Waterloo [Crofts]
Napoleon among his men as the battle draws to a close and he faces defeat : his carriage awaits to take him from the field

Background imageDefeat Collection: Flora / Charles Escape

Flora / Charles Escape
Flora MacDonald aids the escape of the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart, after the defeat at Culloden. Date: 1746

Background imageDefeat Collection: West Ham v Fulham F. C F. A. Cup Final 3rd May 1975 A Friendly touch as Fulham

West Ham v Fulham F. C F. A. Cup Final 3rd May 1975 A Friendly touch as Fulham
West Ham v Fulham F.C F.A. Cup Final 3rd May 1975 A Friendly touch as Fulham veteran Bobby Moore is consoled by Billy Bonds and Graham Paddon, as he trudges off

Background imageDefeat Collection: Frederick the Great after the Battle of Kolin, 18 June 1757, (1936). Creator: Unknown

Frederick the Great after the Battle of Kolin, 18 June 1757, (1936). Creator: Unknown
Frederick the Great after the Battle of Kolin, 18 June 1757, (1936). Friedrich Der Grosse Nach Der Schlacht Bei Kolin, 18 Juni 1757

Background imageDefeat Collection: A large Rajasaurus roars in an attempt to scare two Indosuchus away from their kill

A large Rajasaurus roars in an attempt to scare two Indosuchus away from their kill
A large Rajasaurus bellows in an attempt to intimidate two Indosuchus dinosaurs away from a dead Titanosaurus. A pack of small Compsosuchus watch while they eat scraps of meat in the foreground

Background imageDefeat Collection: Confederate surrender at Appomattox, 1865

Confederate surrender at Appomattox, 1865
General Lee surrenders his army to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 1865. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDefeat Collection: The surrender of Breda on June 5, 1625 (oil on canvas, 1634-1635)

The surrender of Breda on June 5, 1625 (oil on canvas, 1634-1635)
LRI4662714 The surrender of Breda on June 5, 1625 (oil on canvas, 1634-1635) by Velazquez, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y (1599-1660); Prado, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: The surrender of Breda (June 5)

Background imageDefeat Collection: World War II France and Britain commemorate D-Day

World War II France and Britain commemorate D-Day
Vintage World War II photograph - France and Britain commemorate the first anniversay of the D-Day landings on the beach at Arromanches, Normandy

Background imageDefeat Collection: WW II - partly assembled Focke-Wulf 190 Bremen factory

WW II - partly assembled Focke-Wulf 190 Bremen factory
Vintage photograph World War II - partly assembled Focke-Wulf 190 aircraft in the companys Bremen factory, following RAF bombing

Background imageDefeat Collection: WW II - Princess Elizabeth working as a mechanic

WW II - Princess Elizabeth working as a mechanic
World War II - Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth 2nd training as a secoond subaltern in the ATS - working as a mechanic, taking out the plugs of a car

Background imageDefeat Collection: Queen Margaret placing a paper crown on the head of the Duke of York, c1450-c1460 (18th century()

Queen Margaret placing a paper crown on the head of the Duke of York, c1450-c1460 (18th century(?)). Artist: Brown
Queen Margaret placing a paper crown on the head of the Duke of York, c1450-c1460 (18th century(?)). Margaret of Anjou (1430-1482), Queen Consort of Henry VI of England with Richard Plantagenet

Background imageDefeat Collection: Napoleon at the Battle of Wagram, (1809), c. 1910s

Napoleon at the Battle of Wagram, (1809), c. 1910s
Napoleon at the Battle of Wagram on 6th July 1809. Napoleon defeated the Austrians at Wagram, forcing them to sue for peace four days later and bringing an end to the War of the Fifth Coalition

Background imageDefeat Collection: Tyrannosaurus Rex eats the carrion of a dead Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus Rex eats the carrion of a dead Triceratops
A Tyrannosaurus Rex eats the carrion of a dead Triceratops in prehistoric wetlands

Background imageDefeat Collection: Marble statue of falling Gaul, Roman copy of Pergamon school original

Marble statue of falling Gaul, Roman copy of Pergamon school original
Greek civilization, 3rd century b.C. Marble statue of falling Gaul. Roman copy of a Pergamon school original, part of the Stoa built by Attalus II on the Acropolis of Athens after his victory over

Background imageDefeat Collection: EVNT2A-00047

EVNT2A-00047
Retreat of the Spanish Armada from England in stormy seas, 1588. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageDefeat Collection: 1921 FA Cup Final

1921 FA Cup Final
The outside left for Tottenham Hotspur (Dimmock) scores the only goal in the FA Cup Final to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers before a crowd of 72, 805 at Stamford Bridge



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"Defeat: A Powerful Reminder of Resilience and Redemption" Moses, with hands held up high, led his people through the wilderness, overcoming defeat to reach the Promised Land. In Millais' painting, "Hands Up, " we witness the anguish etched on faces as surrender becomes inevitable. Scipio Africanus meets Hannibal at the Battle of Zama – a clash that marked both victory and defeat for these legendary generals. Like Moses before him, Churchill's V for victory salute inspired hope in a nation facing imminent defeat during World War II. "The Remnants of an Army" depict the aftermath of a devastating loss – a haunting reminder that even great powers can be humbled. The Battle of Long Island saw American revolutionaries face their first major defeat against British forces in New York. Atop Westbury White Horse, England and Wales clashed in rugby - where triumph or bitter defeat could hinge on mere inches gained or lost. The Napoleonic Wars witnessed countless battles like Rothiere - where victories were celebrated but defeats shaped destinies forevermore. Sitting Bull, Chief of Sioux Indians, stood tall despite repeated defeats inflicted upon his people by those seeking to conquer their lands. In every tale lies an important lesson: Defeat may wound us deeply but it also fuels our determination to rise again stronger than ever before.