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Sorting PHP Dates With DATE_FORMAT

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I have a tinytext field that takes values in the format date("d M, Y H:i") and want to sort it in descending chronological order.

I have tried the following SQL, using the Reference Manual as a guide, but it will not sort in descending order:

SELECT field FROM table ORDER BY DATE_FORMAT(field, '%d %b, %Y %H:%i') DESC

If I should alter the format in which the field takes values using the date function, please supply a method of altering the existing values, along with the amended date function and SQL query.
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