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History's Best Elite Fighting Force



  • I’ve always thought the Janissaries of the Ottoman Empire were awesome fighters. Who is your favorite Elite fightin force?



  • Mongolian Horse-Archers

    They were trained to shoot while raiding a horse, they were very precise (They were shooting only in that half a second when the horse’s legs are not touching the ground), and they had a very hard and strong bow that pierced through heavy plates like a gun through butter.

    They were also skilled at melee if necessary.



  • How about the Nazi SS and members of the 3rd Crusade that almost defeated Muslim forces in the Levant?


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Assistance_Command,Vietnam%E2%80%93_Studies_and_Observations_Group  🙂

    But I agree with Crusader.  Though I would argue those are some of the ‘coolest’  but not necessarily the ‘best’

    Spanish Blue Division, And Dirlewanger Divisions, get shout out’s for sure too.



  • @ABWorsham:

    I’ve always thought the Janissaries of the Ottoman Empire were awesome fighters. Who is your favorite Elite fightin force?

    It’s the eternal question, yo.

    NINJAS or PIRATES?



  • NINJA!!!

    Well besides them um…… SEALS or SAS or SS



  • We got some good responses.



  • One word  that makes an enemies blood run cold; Gurkha  🙂


  • 2018 2017 2016

    • Gideon
    • Spartans
    • Praetorian Guard
    • 5. SS-Panzer-Division „Wiking“
    • Division Brandenburg
    • GSG9
    • Russian Spetsnaz GRU
    • Mossad
    • ©gion étrangère    French Foreign Legion
    • U.S. Navy Seals
    • U.S. Rangers

    …there would be a few more



  • I always admired the British paratroopers under (Col.?) Frost covering the last bridge in Operation Market Garden.  I think it was the 6th Airborne, maybe at Neijmegen (sp, for sure)?

    The book A Bridge Too Far recounts very well what they went through.



  • Actually I think that was Arnhem.  It’s been a while since I thought of that stuff.


  • Moderator

    Arnhem! My favorite battle of World War II.

    GG


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @Noll:

    Mongolian Horse-Archers
    They were trained to shoot while raiding a horse, they were very precise (They were shooting only in that half a second when the horse’s legs are not touching the ground), and they had a very hard and strong bow that pierced through heavy plates like a gun through butter.

    In Richard Armour’s satirical history of warfare, he states (as I recall) that Atilla the Hun’s cavalrymen used formidable double-handed battle axes which could split in two an enemy rider and his horse, but that sometimes the Huns would get lazy and use their axes one-handed, with the result that the enemy rider would be split in two while his horse would escape with only a slight nick on its back.



  • @CWO:

    @Noll:

    Mongolian Horse-Archers
    They were trained to shoot while raiding a horse, they were very precise (They were shooting only in that half a second when the horse’s legs are not touching the ground), and they had a very hard and strong bow that pierced through heavy plates like a gun through butter.

    In Richard Armour’s satirical history of warfare, he states (as I recall) that Atilla the Hun’s cavalrymen used formidable double-handed battle axes which could split in two an enemy rider and his horse, but that sometimes the Huns would get lazy and use their axes one-handed, with the result that the enemy rider would be split in two while his horse would escape with only a slight nick on its back.

    ouch



  • Task Force 141!!!
    from call of duty



  • GO TASK FORCE 141!


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