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View Poll Results: Toughest enemy USA has faced(multiple votes)
The British Empire 26 29.21%
Cherokee 0 0%
Seminoles 3 3.37%
Mexico 0 0%
Confederate States of America 24 26.97%
Commanche 1 1.12%
Sioux 1 1.12%
Spanish Empire 0 0%
Philippine Republic 0 0%
Boxer Rebellion 0 0%
Pancho Villa Rebels 0 0%
German Empire 7 7.87%
Japanese Empire 20 22.47%
Nazi Germany 24 26.97%
North Korea 1 1.12%
China 8 8.99%
North Vietnam+Vietcong 22 24.72%
Iraq 1 1.12%
Taliban 5 5.62%
Al-Qaeda 5 5.62%
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Old November 21st, 2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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Toughest Enemy the USA has faced


What is the deadliest and toughest US opponent that was faced during the war(for the US military capacity)
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Old November 21st, 2013, 08:41 PM   #2

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I suppose that could only be the british or other americans
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 12:51 AM   #3

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British or Vietnamese.

The British beat the Americans in many battles despite losing the war.
They also beat the USA in 1812.

Vietnamese inflicted heavy casualties, though at a huge cost to themselves.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 01:26 AM   #4

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In absolute terms, the worst enemy ever faced by US was Nazi Germany. More Americans had died fighting Germans than any other foreign enemy.

However, I've noticed that the fighting against the Japanese was something much more shocking, it was a fight where they put much more hate also. Probably, Iwo Jima and Okinawa were the most cruel and vicious actions Americans had ever fought.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 02:43 AM   #5

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You know what. I don't know why but I totally forgot Japan. Forget my previous post.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 04:25 AM   #6

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In absolute terms, the worst enemy ever faced by US was Nazi Germany. More Americans had died fighting Germans than any other foreign enemy.

However, I've noticed that the fighting against the Japanese was something much more shocking, it was a fight where they put much more hate also. Probably, Iwo Jima and Okinawa were the most cruel and vicious actions Americans had ever fought.
This is an interesting post.

I've seen photos of American soldiers with trophy skulls of dead Japanese. I've never heard of anything similar done by Americans to German troops.

Many of the US soldiers were of German family origins themselves. I don't get the impression that the US soldiers especially hated Germans to the same degree that they hated the Japanese.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 04:37 AM   #7

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I understand that the US Civil War was the bloodiest that the USA has fought, if you count the losses on both sides. It probably came the closest to actually destroying the USA, so on that sense the toughest enemy has been themselves.
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I understand that the US Civil War was the bloodiest that the USA has fought, if you count the losses on both sides. It probably came the closest to actually destroying the USA, so on that sense the toughest enemy has been themselves.
I second that.
I'd say Japanese, soon followed by Germans/British in terms of losses.
I'd say Japanese and Vietnamese in terms of ferocity and brutality of battles.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 05:08 AM   #9

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If, by toughest enemy, you mean where the U.S. came closest to losing its sovereignty, I would have the say the British in 1812-15.
NONE of America's enemies ever came that close.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 06:13 AM   #10

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The Japanese, easily.

When you beat the Germans, they surrendered. The Japanese didn't. These are people who would rather die in a suicide charge than return home alive. The fighting with the Japanese was savage, with none of the conduct of honor that was present when fighting the Germans.

Furthermore, the Japanese would live in caves and subterranean complexes for weeks or months, lying in wait for American servicemen to pass. The Japanese often lived off of sub-standard rations that created conditions of near starvation. While enduring these hardships, the Japanese would still fight the Americans with any weapon they had available - even if the weapon included suicide. Above all, surrender was out of the question.

The last Japanese soldier from WW2 surrendered in the mid 1970's. He was just one of numerous Japanese soldiers who refused to surrender for several decades. Hiding out in the hills and jungles of the Pacific islands, these men continued to serve the emperor and even launched attacks and raids on local forces. One of them died in the early seventies fighting the local Philippine police force.

If that isn't tough, I don't know what is.
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