Category: war

Union Army general John Sedgwick once said to his men under enemy fire: “Why are you dodging like this? They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” He was shot dead instantly.

In 1714, a Norwegian captain and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship-fight. Afterwards, both ships were severely damaged, and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship, asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. They said no.

There is a monument to honor the almost one million (often forgotten) Allied horses who died during the First World War. Of one million drafted horses, only 62,000 returned in 1918.

In WWII the Russians trained dogs to run under German tanks with bombs on their backs. However, the tanks the dogs were trained to run under were Russian, so they ended up running under the Russian tanks and blowing them up instead.

The Battle of Saragarhi is considered to be one of the greatest last stands in history. 21 soldiers of the 36 Sikh Regiment fought an army of over 10,000 Afghans and killed more than 180 of them before perishing to enemy bullets. Sikh Regiment of Indian Army commemorates the battle every year on 12 September, as Saragarhi Day.

They died fighting like demons’: the Australian who witnessed the Battle of Saragarhi.

In 1944, Claude Hensinger, an American serviceman, jumped out of his burning aircraft over war-torn Japan, deployed his parachute and eventually found his way to safety. After the war, his fiancée used material from the parachute to make her wedding gown.

John “Chickie” Donohue, a merchant marine from New York City snuck into the war zone in Vietnam in the ’60s to DELIVER BEER to his three enlisted buddies from back home. It is known as the GREATEST BEER RUN EVER and has a documentary made about it.

During WW2, the winner of the Tour de France, Gino Bartali, put his fame to a good cause. He hid counterfeit document in his bicycle and smuggled them through Nazi checkpoints. These documents saved over 800 Jews lives.

Gustav Gerneth, a German man who was born in 1905 (when Germany was still ruled by Emperors), was 12 at the end of WWI, 40 at the end of WWII, 84 at the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is still alive at 113 years old.

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A Hungarian chemist during WWII hid his Nobel Prize by dissolving it in acid and leaving it on a shelf due to the Nazi ban on its citizens from accepting the Nobel Prize. After the war, he reconstituted the gold from the acid, returned it to Sweden, and got the medal cast again.

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