The Zande are a tribe that was feared throughout central Africa for their brutality on the battlefield. They would even file their teeth to take on frightening appearances and use a chant of “nyam-nyam”, which was a name given to them by neighboring tribes meaning “great eaters.”
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Tasked with defending one of the smallest nations on Earth from almost every military within a thousand miles the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) has no choice, it has to be good. Naturally, from among the ranks of the best emerge the best of the best. Known as the Sayaret, or Commandos for short, this elite group of fighters sees no rest as they take the battle to the enemy.
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The Aztecs had two objectives when they attacked you. First, they wanted land in order to exact tribute. Second, they wanted captives in order to sacrifice them during religious ceremonies. War was such an integral part of their culture in fact that when a new leader was elected he was expected to stage a military campaign immediately in order to prove his worth.
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Having a reputation for eating their enemies in order to capture their “Mana”, that is their respect, the Maori were fierce warriors who would engage in a Peruperu, or war dance, prior to attacking their enemies in order to intimidate them and even give them a preview of the ensuing slaughter.
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These Japanese swordsmen led their lives according to the code of Bushido, meaning “way of the warrior”. Although they have been romanticized in recent years, the Samurai were heavily bound by honor. One notable result of this was Seppuku. This was a form of ritualistic suicide where the warrior would disembowel himself to regain his honor.
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A member of the US Army Special Forces, Green Berets are specialists in unconventional warfare. As dangerous as they are on the battlefield though they are also required to be highly intelligent. Due to the nature of their job assignments they must be fluent in an assigned foreign language which they will learn over the span of a few months while in training.
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These covert agents of feudal Japan specialized in unorthodox arts of war. Often the “whatever it takes” mentality of these warriors is contrasted against the Samurai who upheld a strict code of honor and combat. Essentially spies, ninjas specialized in espionage, sabotage, and assassination.
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America’s amphibious special force, the Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land) are so good at unconventional warfare that it doesn’t even matter what they’re holding – it’s a weapon. Trained for one purpose, to neutralize the enemy, they have been known to operate outside of international law and military protocol (SEAL Team 6) in order to maintain plausible deniability in case of capture.
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Similar to SEAL Team 6, there is not a whole lot of information concerning Delta Force available to the public. Their operations are generally considered high profile and extremely classified. Moreover, most Delta Force operators are pulled from other special forces divisions like the Army Rangers.
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Originally from Nepal, these reckless warriors caught the eye of the British Empire during the East India Company’s invasion of Nepal in 1814. Impressed with their skill and courage, the British offered them the chance to fight for them. Gurkhas have since fought for numerous countries (including the United States) in multiple conflicts (including both World Wars).
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