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Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.
He was the commander of Oscarsborg Fortress when Nazi Germany attacked Norway in the early hours of 9 April 1940. He gained lasting recognition for ordering the fortress under his command to open fire on the vanguard forces of Operation Weserübung and sinking the 14,000 ton heavy cruiser Blücher.
he had in fact opened fire against the German invaders contrary to standing Norwegian military orders to first fire warning shots at intruders.
At 04.21 hours, (Norwegian time) the fortress' guns opened fire on the Blücher. The three German-made Krupp 280 mm (11 in) guns (only two were manned due to a lack of trained gunners) of the fortress, installed in 1893 (aptly named Moses, Aaron and Josva), were obsolete, so the defenders held fire until the warships were at point-blank range (most sources state that fire was opened at a range of 1,600 to 1,800 metres (about 1 mile). The first 28 cm shell hit the Blücher right in front of the aft mast, and created an inferno of flames and smoke in the midship area up to the fore mast.
At 7.22 hours, the Blücher capsized and sank. Of the 2,202 crew and troops on board, some 830 died (at least 320 of them crewmen).
The delay caused to the landings in Oslo allowed the Norwegian royal family, parliament and cabinet to escape. Norway's gold reserves were also moved out of reach of the invaders and ultimately shipped abroad for Norway's use during the war.
Originally posted by ShatteredSkies
The most heroic action I've read about that was undertaken in battle was done by two SFOD-D sniper operatives.
Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart and Master Sergeant Gary Gordon volunteered to set up a perimeter around Super Six-Four and protect the 160th crew members(the ones that were still alive) until the convoy could arrive.
Both were killed in action defending the crash site.
Hear your fate, O dwellers in Sparta of the wide spaces;
Either your famed, great town must be sacked by Perseus' sons,
Or, if that be not, the whole land of Lacedaemon
Shall mourn the death of a king of the house of Heracles,
For not the strength of lions or of bulls shall hold him,
Strength against strength; for he has the power of Zeus,
And will not be checked till one of these two he has consumed.
was a unit of several hundred immigrants and expatriates of European descent that fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Many of the battalion's members deserted or defected from the U.S. Army. Primarily made up of Irish and German immigrants, the battalion also included Canadians, English, French, Italians, Poles, Scots, Spaniards, native Mexicans and Swiss, mainly Roman Catholics. Disfranchised Americans were also in the ranks, including African Americans who had been slaves in the American South. Coming from many different national and ethnic backgrounds, all members of the battalion were granted Mexican citizenship upon entering Mexican service — none of the members, except for the few Americans, had ever been U.S. citizens.
Defense Harald Sunde presented the medal to Austlid children Bjørnar Austlid, Gunnhild Oppi Gard Austlid and Hallvard Austlid during a ceremony at Akershus fortress today
The government decided in Council 2 October assigning War Cross with sword postmortem captain Eiliv Austlid. The medal ranks ahead of all other Norwegian orders and medals
Originally posted by bravo40
before you become a hero you have to DIE, so with that being said anybody who has died in battle for his/her country is a hero