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Old March 1st, 2010, 09:11 AM   #1

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Your Favorite Soldier or Warrior?


I got this idea from the recent "Favorite Battle" thread.

What is your favorite type of warrior/soldier in history? You can pick from any period, ancient, medieval, or modern, and from any nation or tribe around the world.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 09:12 AM   #2

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Re: Your Favorite Soldier or Warrior?


My favorite is by far the Roman legionary.

Others would include Pictish "woad warriors", Egyptian mamluks in the 12th, 13th, and 14th Centuries, Sassanid Persian knights (savaran), and the Zealots of Roman-era Judea.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 09:21 AM   #4

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Puragabaya, A warrior but also a priest. serve as Royal Guard. best that Pajajaran have.

Balamati, this one true Ka satrya Sunda. Backbone unit of Pajajaran. they rather dead than surrender.
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Janissaries, Winged Hussars, Hussite war wagons, Swedish infantry under Charles XII, the Spanish tercio formation, Landsknechte
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I think one of the most remarkable in hisroty was Otto Skorzeny.

He specialized in unconventional warfare, commando tactics in particular.

A list of the special operations he was involved in WWII.

Operation Francois- Co-ordination of Partisan operations in Iran.
Operation Oak (Unternehmen Eiche, September 1943) - The sucessful rescue of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Operation Long Jump - A proposed attempt to assassinate the "Big Three" (Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt) during the 1943 Tehran Conference.
Operation Knight's Leap (Unternehmen Rösselsprung, May 1944) - An attempt to capture Josip Broz Tito alive.
Operation Armored Fist (Unternehmen Panzerfaust a.k.a. Unternehmen Eisenfaust, October 1944) - The sucessful kidnapping of Miklós Horthy, Jr., son of Hungarian Regent, Admiral Miklós Horthy, to force Admiral Horthy to resign as head of state in favor of the pro-Nazi leader of the Arrow Cross Party, Ferenc Szálasi.
Operation Griffin (Unternehmen Greif, December 1944) - A false flag operation to spread disinformation during the Battle of the Bulge.
Werewolf SS - A planned Nazi underground resistance movement in Allied-occupied Europe.

He was held as a prisoner of war for more than two years before being tried as a war criminal at the Dachau Trials in 1947 for allegedly violating the laws of war in the Battle of the Bulge. He and his commandos were later acquitted with the military tribunal drawing a distinction between using enemy uniforms during combat and for other purposes including deception.

Detained in an internment camp at Darmstadt awaiting the decision of a denazification court , he escaped on July 27 1948 he escaped. He set up a secret organization named Die Spinne which helped as many as 600 former SS men escape from Germany to Spain, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, and other countries. Otto was involved in espionage in Egypt, and Argentina.

Like thousands of other former Nazis, Skorzeny was declared denazified in absentia in 1952 by a West German government arbitration board, so that he could travel freely.

In the 1960s Skorzeny set up the Paladin Group, which he envisioned as "an international directorship of strategic assault personnel [that would] straddle the watershed between paramilitary operations carried out by troops in uniforms and the political warfare which is conducted by civilian agents". He worked for South Africa, Libya, Greece and possibly the US in Vietnam.


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Re: Your Favorite Soldier or Warrior?


I've said it before and I'll say it again, the British infantryman from 1700-1915, none better.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, the British infantryman from 1700-1915, none better.
For a class of soldier, I am in agreement, Anglophile that I am.
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For a class of soldier, I am in agreement, Anglophile that I am.
Caesar could'a taken 'em
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Caesar could'a taken 'em
Legionaries are a close second in my book. You gotta admit that a SMLE 303 has a bit more range than a pilum.
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