Against the odds

#1
What feats of arms by any force of any nation do you think would qualify for being in say the top twenty, of absolute ******* bloody minded defiance against a massively superior force. I get the uncomfortable feeling that maybe the days of empire might throw up the odd example, and it would have been us that were the massively superior force.
 
#4
I think the Isreali hostage rescue at Entebbe has to be up there.
About 100 Isreali commandos taking on the Ugandan army (with 17 Ugandan Mig 17s at the airport too) is pretty impressive.
 
#5
The Wehrmacht against the Russian winter.
 
#7
Bannockburn.

Blood River; less than 500 Boers vs Zulus. Thousands of them...

The Finnish Army giving the Soviet Union a masterclass in winter warfare.
 
#8
French Foreign Legion, under command of Captain Danjou at Camaron.

Overwhelmed by 2000 Mexicans they fought until only two Legionaires were left.

After a final bayonet charge, "when the last two survivors were asked to surrender, they insisted that Mexican soldiers allow them safe passage home, to keep their arms, and to escort the body of Captain Danjou. To that, the Mexican commander commented, "What can I refuse to such men? No, these are not men, they are devils", and, out of respect, agreed to these terms"

Battle of Camarón - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maybe those more knowledgable than me can correct, but I think this is where the annual dinner comes from where the officers serve the men, and everyone has a final glass of red wine that the men at Camaron never had.
 
#9
The Glosters in Korea.... I think they stand at the top.
 
#15
Obvious British bias here but The Paras at Arnhem Bridge, The Glosters at Gloster Hill, The Dunkirk rearguards, the 66th Regiments last stand at the Battle of Maiwand and the Battle of Kohima, all impressive stuff.
 
#17
... I get the uncomfortable feeling that maybe the days of empire might throw up the odd example, and it would have been us that were the massively superior force.
Ah but you forgot about the "Thin Red Line" of Empire.

Obviously Rorkes Drift, but the Battle of Plassey, Battle of Omduran, and the Siege of Gibraltar to name but a few.

What the Redcoats of Empire lacked in numbers they more than made up in technology.

The Battle of Thermopylae ( 300 Spartans etc) against tens of thousands of Persians has to be number one though.
 
#18
Ha. Ask anyone in the Rifles who was there, you might get a different tale when he calms down.
Skid I've read about the Royal Ulster Rifles and the Battle for Imjin River.
 
#20
I note that the Septics are distinctly missing.... any suggestions? As for the French, how about... uhh.... mmm... hold on... I'll be right there... err... wait a sec... uhhmm.

Di's Guys at "Last orders, gentlemen, please!" in the Traf.
 

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