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The 7 Most Badass Last Stands in the History of Battle

  1. Sep 5, 2011 #1
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  4. Sep 5, 2011 #3
    What? No Alamo?
     
  5. Sep 5, 2011 #4

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  6. Sep 5, 2011 #5
    It is a spoof/humour site, but I believe the events described are all legitimate, despite the colourful language.

    I just watched "To Hell And Back" last night, the story of Audie Murphy, he kicked an inordinate amount of posterior. Great movie! <3
     
  7. Sep 6, 2011 #6
    Some of the stories here seemed quite unbelievble to me as well...., but i searched all of these on the internet and all of them seem legitimate but if you think some or all of it is not accurate i would love to get your skeptical opinion
     
  8. Sep 6, 2011 #7

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    I assumed you knew it was a comic site, but not everyone might know. While I'm sure they are writing about real events, their "twist" on things is too funny. I like reading cracked and The Onion.
     
  9. Sep 6, 2011 #8
    I guessed the top one would be an example of the valour of the US. I wasn't disappointed. Turns out the top 2 are... thousands of years of military history and the top two happen to be the US...
     
  10. Sep 7, 2011 #9

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    Don't get too worked up, its not some official list, just an amateur.
     
  11. Sep 27, 2011 #10
    I did some studies on #4 and now i am a little skeptical about it can anybody confirm whether its true or not?
     
  12. Sep 27, 2011 #11
    The authors on cracked just poke around the internet a little bit to make these top 5/10 lists. I would take it all with a grain of salt.
     
  13. Sep 27, 2011 #12
    well wiki calls the viking on the bridge a folk tale, and they cite the anglo-saxon chronicle, which is unreliable or one-sided in parts. the page doesn't say anything about that viking though.
     
  14. Sep 27, 2011 #13
    Good fun read. Boosted the mood a little :)
     
  15. Sep 28, 2011 #14
    So Thermopylae is not in?
     
  16. Sep 28, 2011 #15

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    I don't think anything qualifies as a great last stand unless it's a siege and involves the attacking forces hurling diseased, bloated, dead animals into the city/fortress with a catapault. Having to worry about being splashed by the rotting remains of dead cows would just make for an incredibly depressing life.

    Or in the attacking forces mercifully allowing the residents to bury their dead outside the city/fortress only to dig them back up and hurl them back into the city a few days later after they've ripened a little.
     
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  17. Sep 28, 2011 #16
    MAN!!! now that is a nasty way to force your enemy to surrender......:eek: by the way is that your own diabolical thinking or are you making a refrence to an event in history?
     
  18. Sep 28, 2011 #17
    This list pertains to individuals only thermopylae however involved 7000 greek men(not 300 like shown in the movie) any ways does any body else have information about some historical events such as these?
     
  19. Sep 28, 2011 #18

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    It was a common tactic in sieges back in the midieval times. Supposedly, at least one outbreak of Bubonic plague in Europe was started by a successful siege against Caffa in the Crimea where Europeans evacuated their city/fort and fled back to Europe when Mongol hordes began hurling dead bodies infected by the plague into the city. The infected evacuees then spread the plague through Italy. Whether that's really true or not is hard to verify (especially if that was really the source of the outbreak), but at least dates to back to the time in question.
     
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  20. Sep 28, 2011 #19
    Just as i thought even i have read about such tactics being used in medivel europe in medival britain particularly it seems that biological warfare has been a part of history sicne medival times.
     
  21. Sep 28, 2011 #20

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    If it is true that the siege was the source of the outbreak, then it would have to be the most successful siege in history. It not only enabled the Mongols to capture the city, but wiped out nearly half the population of Europe within 4 years.

    But fleeing back home and spreading the disease to your homeland probably wouldn't qualify as badass. Badass would be to fling your hopelessly dying residents back out while still alive. That might freak the attackers out a little - and might even be a merciful end for those suffering in the last throes of a horrible illness.
     
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