mikeland wrote:Hmmm... Great thread BD and an interesting one. I like all the suggestions so far... and if you are looking for the noble warrior then these are all hard to beat, though perhaps the legions of Rome at various points could be real contenders....
But if you are talking about best soldiers ever, morality aside I would probably go for the Waffen SS. I admit i have been reading up on them so they are fresh in my mind. Okay I know they were not all crack troops but nany were, they were dedicated, highly trained, motivated and exceptional fighters. They often fought to the last man with units being totally wiped out, and in appalling conditions. There were soldiers that were barely out of the line, barely out of combat, for years at a time without cracking or giving up. Fanatics, yes, but also stunning soldiers.
Sadly their reputation is tarnished with the twisted political system they followed and the many war crimes they committed.
carvel2 wrote:Lt. Terence Edward Waters (463718)(deceased), The West Yorkshire Regt (Prince of Wale's Own) attached The Gloucestershire Rgt.
Nobility, service, compassion. Not ashamed to say it makes me shed a tear every time I read it.
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