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Top 10 Special Forces of all time

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posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 03:20 PM
Here is a list of some famous special forces. Just which one is the worlds greatest?

French Foreign Legion: MARCH OR DIE!!!!!!!!!!!! The legion has a reputation as the hardest army in the world, I also heard it was the only army who ever beat guerilla forces. Ive always liked the legion since i was a lad.

Spanish Legion: Wannabes to the French, The training is only four months but BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!, Still admire them though.

S.A.S.: A Crack hand-picked regiment of Britains Best of the Best, They were famous for the 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy but i have always seen the SAS too overated.

GSG9: Experts of counter terrorisim skills and raiding buildings. Basically they are just like SWAT teams.

US Navy SEALS: My favourite out of the US lot, Established in the early 1960s, They have been to Vietnam n back and have also served to the gulf.
Also specialise in Underwater Demolition.

Spetznaz: Big overgrown Bulldog steg-heads, These guys jump through fire, butt through bricks, concrete and glass jars and bottles. They even learn foreign languages, speak clear english and can sniper you half way down from a parachute descent!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just who the hell are these guys?.

S.B.S: A Royal Marine version of the S.A.S. They are just wannabes of the real thing, The S.A.S!.

Marine Force Recon: The Elite of the USMC, Always thier first to go behind enemy lines. Semper Fi!.

Mercenary Units: I like these, a group of any picked trained soldier fighting for money rather than politics. These units operated in the congo back in the mid 1960s under the command of Major Mike Hoare.

Sealous Scouts: Who are these? I believe they were South African, they were eventually disbanded. Shouldnt really list these down but they are quite interesting though.

[edit on 17-12-2005 by Browno]

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 03:31 PM

S.B.S: A Royal Marine version of the S.A.S. They are just wannabes of the real thing!.

oh , how little you know , since the weekend warriors let anyone in the real pro`s don`t.

they don`t write books , star in tv shows or generally flount what they do

oh and the weekend warriors can`t actually keep up with them on a yomp.

edit: and wheres delta in your list?? or the rangers
or PJ`s??

[edit on 17-12-2005 by Harlequin]

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 03:34 PM
No offence but I smell bait...
RM version of the SAS? heh if that wasnt bait enough for people who believe or know about the SBS then I dont know what is...

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 03:50 PM
Where are the PJ's on this list? I guess alot of people dont know who they are or what they do but look on the net, their training is no joke and neither is their job. Definately not number one but surely in the top 10. also what about Compat Control? I only know of these becaue I was in the USAF.

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 03:58 PM
Am I missing something here?


1.5 mile run - within 10:30 (9:00) swim 1000m - within 26:00 (CSS, sidestroke or freestyle) (20:00) Swim 25m underwater Pullups - 8 (20) Situps - 50 in 2:00 (100) Pushups - 50 in 2:00 (100) Flutterkicks - 50 in 2:00 (100)

For special forces?

this is not far off the requirments for a regular squaddie in the british army... perhaps I am missing something here..

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 04:13 PM
That is the pre-selection school. Those numbers just guarantee a spot in the formal PJ school.

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 04:30 PM

go there and read, it says the two toughest military swim courses in the US are SEALS and Air Force PJ school, like I said those numbers you put up are numbers that only allow you to attend the indoctrination school which is 8-10 wks with a 60% fail rate. the final numbers are much higher, way higher than a squattie

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 05:31 PM
ah, sorry bout that.. did know.

a video about PJ's if anyone is interested.


posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 05:38 PM

Originally posted by Browno
French Foreign Legion:
[edit on 17-12-2005 by Browno]

Ah the best French fighters and they aren't even French
Sorry I couldnt resist.

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 10:38 PM
You cant really place special forces in a top 10 ranking its almost as bad as stating who has the best special forces currently. You cant compare special forces from differnt ages because of changes in tech ,tactics and politics.
Given that America was a late comer to the special forces party and that the delta force was orginaly based on the SAS you could argue that US special forces dont rate a mention.

What is your measuring stick?
Everyone judges special forces with a differnt measuring stick which leads to petty debate.

posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 11:56 PM
I totally agree everyone will be country specific (patriotic) or my dad can kick your dads butt and even furthermore service specific, such as I will tend to be biased towards the Air Force whereas someone else may be favorable towards the USMC or Rangers and such.

posted on Dec, 18 2005 @ 12:23 AM
I thought that these "who has the best special forces" type posts were now prohibited under the posting guidelines detailed by DJDOHBOY - see the posting sticky.

Don't the Moderators read these boards any more

[edit on 18-12-2005 by Winchester Ranger T]

posted on Dec, 18 2005 @ 01:24 AM
They DO read, and regularly there is a remainder of the "masterthread"

Expect the lock to come soon

posted on Dec, 18 2005 @ 05:24 AM

Originally posted by Browno
Sealous Scouts: Who are these? I believe they were South African, they were eventually disbanded. Shouldnt really list these down but they are quite interesting though.

The Selous Scouts came from Rhodesia or what is current day Zimbabwe. They were fighting Mugabe and his crowd back in the days of white rule. As far as counter-insurgency goes, these guys wrote a large part of the book.
Their motto was ' Pamwe Chete ', which means ' all together '.
They pulled off some spectacular operations, one cross boarder raid resulted in over 1500 insurgent deaths.

If we're talking about any units, even those which have been disbanded, I'd have to say that MACV-SOG is right up there. These men were incredible and there operations even more extraordinary. This unit consisited of no more than 300 men and were responsible for intteligence and interdiction if the Ho Chi Minh trail in Loas and Cambodia.

SOG stands for Studies and Observation Group. They were the most highly decorated unit in Vietnam with 10 MOH winners and countless other awards.
What makes them unique is that they were always outnumbered, often as much as 100-1. SOG teams normally consisted of 3 Americans and 5 indigenous soldiers such as the montanyards. The NVA's only special forces group was used specifically to hunt down SOG teams on the trail.
Duting their operation SOG had 10 teams completely disappear and another 14 completely annihilated.

[edit on 18-12-2005 by mad scientist]

posted on Dec, 18 2005 @ 08:50 AM

Originally posted by Browno
Here is a list of some famous special forces. Just which one is the worlds greatest?

Read the forum rules people:

Please could members refrain from starting threads that are based around:

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This forum is for information about Military weapons technology past, present, and future.

Please could we get back to threads with genuine interest.

The above list is subject to change and additions and is not set in stone.

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