Refrain from making any jokes about Napolean or all the wars France has lost.
The French tend to get upset about such comments.
Certainly not necessary to say... but we can also bring up the wars that Germany has lost over the years.
Like the war in Afghanistan?
Like the peace-keeping efforts in Somalia
Like the botched hostage-rescue in Iran?
Like the Vietnam War?
Like the war against Cuba (i.e. the Bay of Pigs invasion)?
Like the Korean War?
Like the War of 1812? (wait, that was a draw. I take that war back. Plus, it's not even from the last century. My mistake.)
Wait a second. Are you Canadian? Then I guess the above doesn't apply to you.
But seriously, why would you want to mention any wars that Germany lost? The guy doing the audition is French, not German. He would probably be humiliated that his country capitulated to such a bunch of Nazis without much of a fight. So, no, I wouldn't mention that and possibly remind the teacher about France's history of military defeat.
However, he could mention the French Revolution. The French still get excited about that.
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
My point, which I'm sure you already know, was to point out that Germany has had its fair share of lost wars itself. Your post seemed to be a jab (unnecessarily, like I said) at the French people. So, knowing that you live in Germany, I figured I would post what I did.
You should also know that the war in Afghanistan isn't over. There are still troops there. It is not a lost war yet. So even if you were planning on insulting the Americans, that should be off your list of lost wars. Additionally, a botched hostage rescue is not a war, it's a rescue mission. That should be off the list too. Peace keeping efforts are also not a war, there is a big difference that I don't expect you to know. America and Cuba also never had a war, the bay of pigs situation was a CIA disaster, but not a war. So let's see, off of your list of lost American wars, you've got the Vietnam and Korean wars. Two in total.
If we look at Germany on the other hand:
The Swabian War
German Peasants War
First Schleswig War (to be fair the Germans won the second)
World War I
World War II
Hmm... seems to me like the Americans win since they lost only two (off your list) and the Germans lost six off of mine. Though I'm sure the Americans may have lost more than two wars over their history. Then again, this is not a topic about American or German or even French history. You've managed to help steer it off track. The topic has run its course, and I will no longer post here. Enjoy your rebuttal as it will not be read by me.