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In an area the size of the Falkland Islands, British and Argentine special operators were bound to run into each other at some point – a lot.
"American paratroopers – devils in baggy pants – are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can’t sleep at night," wrote one German commander.
After spending years hopping around non-combat duties, Samuel Woodfilll finally saw combat – and took out the five machine guns trying to kill his men.
More than 100 years ago, the 3rd Infantry Division distinguished itself in WWI combat – one of the first true tests of the 20th Century American soldier.
The Japanese loaded Betio with so many defenses they claimed the Americans couldn't take it in 100 years. It took the Marines 76 hours to clear the island.
Surrounded by German machine guns and British snipers all trying to kill them, this tank crew did everything it took to survive for three long days.
Once American forces crossed the Rhine in March 1945, it became an all-out sprint for Berlin. This is where the 83rd would earn its to notoriety.
Hiroshi Miyamura looked like he might pass his time in obscurity until North Korea charged across the 38th Parallel on June 25, 1950. Heroics ensued.
At the turn of the 20th Century, Cpl. Calvin Pearl Titus, a bugler from Company E famously said, “I’ll try, sir,” when asked to scale an enemy wall.