posted on Dec, 12 2002 @ 08:33 PM
This is a tough one: so much depends upon support, intelligence, the nature of the terrain: operating in Europe in WWII with a friendly resistance
movement will not be the same as operating with a largely hostile indigenous population.
And, there is the sort of mission: the Poor Bloody Infantry wins wars -always did, always will; but special forces can have great tactical
Even "special" is a bit of puzzler: how "special" do you need to be? Are marines or paratroopers/airborne special: they're selective and
tough. I would imagine military fighter-pilots are about as "special" as you can get; but I guess they wouldn't count.
And it depends upon the opposition: fighting Argentinian conscripts in the Falklands is arguably not as hard as fighting Afghan taliban in Afghan
Purely on history, I'd guess the laurels go to the UK SAS/SBS or the Aussies; but I'm sure that -as individuals-Delta', Spetsnaz are as tough.
And none are immortal: the helicopter's hit or the boat's hit (SAS in Falklands) and they're just as dead as Army clerks and cooks would be.
I would however correct one apparent misapprehension here: do not dismiss the Gurkhas -if there is one breed of soldier you do not want to be
fighting against -it is the Gurkhas: they put the fear of God into the Imperial Japanese (no mean feat) and just about anyone else they've fought