Major Gustav Geiler with his dog Aga, 1940.
Polish radio message about begin of II world war.
Hello, it’s Warsaw here, and all the radio stations of Polish Radio. This morning, at 5:40. German troops crossed Polish border, breaking the non-aggression pact. Several cities were bombed. In a moment you will hear a special message.
[Mayor of Warsaw Stefan Starzyński]: And so the war. From now on all matters and issues come down to the background. All our life, public and private is switched to special tracks…
Maria Dolina, Hero of the Soviet Union, Guard Captain, Deputy commander, Squadron of the 125th Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment, 4th Guards Bomber Division.
Maria Dolina (18.12.1922-03.03.2010) carried out 72 sorties in a dive bomber Pe-2, dropped a total of 45 tons of bombs on the enemy. The six aircraft of her group shot down three enemy fighters . August 18, 1945 for her courage and valor shown in combat against the enemy, she was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
"Stuka Ace" Hans-Ulrich Rudel, far left. The most highly decorated German serviceman of the war, Rudel was one of only 27 military men to be awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, and the only person to be awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He was a legendary teetotaler and nonsmoker, and fellow pilots coined the phrase “Hans-Ulrich Rudel, he drinks only sparkling water.”.
Rudel flew 2,530 combat missions claiming a total of 2,000 targets destroyed; including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, nine aircraft, four armored trains, several bridges, a destroyer, two cruisers, and the Soviet battleship “Marat”. After the war, his input was sought in the development of the A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog”.
This post is not fitness related per se, if badassery is a healthy trait, then get inspired by this guy, Joseph Medicine Crow High Bird, the last war chief of the Crow and 2009 Medal of Honor recipient.
He will turn 100 years old this year, God willing.
“War Chief of the Crow Indians” isn’t a title that’s just randomly thrown around to any jackass who happens to own a gigantic, awesome-looking headdress and a really bitchin’ traditional-style wooden bow made out of the bark of dead Treants. You don’t become a War Chief just because you’re the oldest dude in the tribe, or the most badass hunter, or the only guy in your zip code capable of bench-pressing an automobile. It’s an ancient, prestigious honorific bestowed only upon the bravest, the strongest, and the most hardcore asskickers around, and the only way to attain this hallowed title is by proving yourself in combat and unlocking the four achievements the Crow believed to be the most insanely-difficult things a warrior can attempt in battle – leading a successful war party on a raid, capturing an enemy’s weapon, touching an enemy without killing him, and stealing an enemy’s horse. None of this shit is easy, and pretty much all of it requires you put your life on the line by voluntarily bringing yourself face-to-face with at least one warrior who is presumably in the process of actively trying to rip you limb from limb with a bowie knife and then splatter your corpse across the countryside with a well-placed headbutt. It’s like the Crow Indians’ way of making sure they don’t have any suckass weaklings leading their tribe into combat.
At 98 years old, Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird is the last surviving War Chief of the Crow Indians. He is a hardcore, fearless, neck-snapping warrior who has accomplished all of these tremendous feats of bravery in combat and has proven himself a step above the majority of humanity on the badassitude scale.
And he did it in World War II… http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=7193340809