The Vietnam War is traditionally viewed as an American War, and while US forces made up the bulk of foreign personnel in Vietnam, the Vietnam War was actually a coalition effort, with troops from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and The Philippines. Interestingly, few people know that South Korea not only participated in the war, but provided the most troops of any other nation next to the US. From 1964 to 1973, South Korean continually maintained a force of 50,000 soldiers, marines, and sailors in South Vietnam. During the war, South Korean soldiers gained a reputation as being the best of the war, feared by both the Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army alike. Only volunteers were used for service in Vietnam, and only the best troops the South Vietnamese military had to offer were accepted for service. Throughout the war the South Korean military claimed 41,000 kills.
An example of the South Korean’s balls of steel is best exemplified by the action of Feb 14th - 15th, 1967
near the village of Trah Bin Dong in Quang Ngai province. Their a company of the 2nd South Korean Marine Division prepared a trap for the Vietcong using themselves as bait. After setting up an oval shaped camp, the South Koreans came under attack by two Vietcong regiments. The South Korean’s fought fiercely, then fell back, tricking the Vietcong into believing they were in retreat. In reality the retreat was a faint as the Korean marines reformed their lines and platoons hidden in reserve attacked from the rear, completely encircling the Vietcong. The marines then fixed bayonets and finished the Vietcong in close quarter combat, killing 100 and forcing the rest to surrender.
The South Koreans were also noted as generally being better insurgency fighters than the Americans or other western forces, mostly because Korean culture had more in common with Vietnamese culture than say western culture. Thus South Korean soldiers tended to work better with South Vietnamese and native forces. However, South Korean conduct during the war was far from perfect, and the South Koreans gained a reputation for committing some of the cruelest atrocities during the war. Some of that reputation is hype created by the South Koreans themselves, but some of it is true, and South Korean records show that the military was responsible for at least 8,000 civilian deaths.
During the Vietnam War around 320,000 South Koreans would serve, with 5,099 being killed and around 11,000 wounded.
“run, hide, plead for mercy, scatter your forces. you give way to an enemy this evil, with this much power and you condemn the galaxy to an eternity of submission. the time to fight is now. every moment you waste is another step closer to the ashes of jedha. send your best troops to scarif. send the rebel fleet if you have to. we need to capture the death star plans if there’s any hope of destroying it.”
“you’re asking us to invade an imperial installation based on nothing but hope.”
Summary: Y/N and her team are sent to Scarif in the place of
Cassian, her boyfriend, and his team to retrieve the Death Star plans. The
plans are successfully transmitted, but things go awry in the end and Y/N ends
up with a lost memory. Will she make it back to Cassian?
Warnings: Curse words
A/N: Thank you to @ly–canthrope for requesting this fic! Love this girl! This will also be maybe a four
part story. Please enjoy!
who would you say are the best troops of the ig? karskin, stormtroopers, catchatan or others i dont know of. i know they each excel in their own specialized areas but on avarage?
It is (or should be) well known that my favorite regiment is the Elysian Drop Troops. Better than the *shudders* Harakonis…
Elysians are regarded as highly trained elite space-paratroopers. I’ve always loved paratroops in world history warfare and 40K does a spectacular job of bringing them to the universe.
On every level but physical, I’m an Elysian.
“In other news, Luis Enrique is probably not going to extend his Barca contract and after watching certain Barca fans’ reactions to this particular piece of news - I would be immensely glad for him to not renew. The club will suffer (it will, make no mistake there) but yeah it’s what we deserve for being such a faux-elitist fanbase full of illusion-doused backhanded "opinions” about our current coach.
I mean seriously this guy is a legit Barca legend, was a club captain, was one of the few consistent performers in our darkest days in recent history, has won more than Pep did in his first two years as a coach, assembled the best ever frontline in club football history (I kick on the opinion of those who say Charlton-Best-Law was better because frankly feck your uninformed Wikipedia-totting bullshit) and broke almost every record in the club’’s history. Yet, he’s inadequate.
I get why other team’s fans will think lowly of him (they think CR and Messi are on the same level so anything is possible) and frankly he’’s not as good as Pep was/is overall (Pep is one of a kind), but he doesn’t need to be as good. In a war, being a great general doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be the greatest of tacticians. It means you have to be better than anyone else in bringing the best out of your troops. Pep brought the best out of Messi/Xavi/Iniesta/Keita/Pedro/Busquets. Lucho has brought the best out of Pique/Messi (again, like seriously), Suarez, Roberto, Busquets, Iniesta, and heck - even Bravo.
At the end of the day, all a general is concerned about is how his troops do in a war, and by that it means all he’s concerned about is winning. Now, that win might come via guerilla tactics (bus-parking), hidden traps (like those lethal MSN counter attacks) or by plain and simple all-out end-to-end clash (also add freakish luck in case of a certain other coach).
Fact of the matter is - Lucho knows he’s made history, and no matter what the clingy-cantankerous #LuchoOut brandishing Barca fans say - that simple fact won’t change. Lucho is one of the best/most successful coaches in the history of the club, heck, in the history of football, so yeah the joke’s on you.
We’re saluting the centennial celebration of Beverly Hills in style with a look at costume design drawings for Troop Beverly Hills (1989).
Shelley Long stars as Phyllis Nefler, a soon-to-be divorced mom living in fabulous Beverly Hills style. As leader of the local Wilderness Girls troop, Phyllis has her tailor customize basic uniform staples with some serious 1980s style. To quote two of the troop members, “Uniforms are sick. They blur an individual’s sense of self.” Working within the language of capes, jodhpurs, culottes, utility jackets and camp shirts, legendary costume design Theadora Van Runkle makes us think otherwise.
Her creative variations on camper’s uniforms rendered in a neutral color palette contrast starkly with Phyllis’s personal wardrobe, which is an outrageous take on ‘80s extravagance. Van Runkle’s work even gets called out in one scene. Arriving in divorce court and believing that her estranged husband has inquired about the design of her dress, Phyllis responds, “It’s a Van Runkle. Isn’t it fabulous?”
Although Van Runkle doesn’t say so explicitly, the outfit seems to reflect the importance of scouting in Phyllis’ growing self-confidence. But the comic potential of the decade’s excesses is perhaps best realized in this costume, worn by Long’s character when she falls into a swimming pool. The costume with its structured bodice has a high/low asymmetrical ruffled skirt which billows out behind her like a pastel ink stain.
Van Runkle’s exuberant costume design is certainly part of the movie’s appeal and she manages to slyly work in references to several of the city’s landmarks. When the troop ends up at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Long, standing in front of a wall clad with the hotel’s famous green floral wallpaper, appears in a pink dressing gown completing the hotel’s iconic color scheme. With a knowing wink to the Giorgio fragrance store, Van Runkle reimagines its memorable yellow striped awnings as backpacks for the troop members. As troop leader Nefler asserts, “Just because you’re out in the woods it’s no excuse not to look your best.
Imagine krell!padawan!Obi-Wan being dragged in front of the High Council after the entire Umbra cock-up. And being subject to a long, thorough interrogation/question-and-answer session about his time as Krell's padawan (Qui-Gon and Anakin are in the background somewhere, listening). And everyone's progressively more and more horrified as it all comes out - the mental, physical, and emotional abuse, and Obi-Wan just blinks at them, confused, and it's the worst part - it was normal, to him. (cont)
The Jedi would be so very, very aware of how much they had FAILED this child. How they let him be abused for YEARS at the hand(s) of a ‘jedi’ who was more a Sith then anything else. And how he’s turned into one of the best Jedi imaginable in spite of it, not because of it. And imagine Anakin - Anakin finally learning the painful backstory between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, Anakin feeling - a curious mixture of guilt and betrayal and heartache.
I think that Krell!padawan!Obi-Wan is probably bitter regarding Qui-Gon, yes. But - it’s more like he’s tired. Anger won’t change the past. Anger won’t do anything. Qui-Gon’s apologies don’t really mean anything to him - he doesn’t believe in Qui-Gon. He can’t. The man’s a peerless warrior, a skilled Jedi, a negotiator almost without peer, but - Obi-Wan can’t trust him with anything personal. Not anymore. He doesn’t believe in Qui-Gon.
Imagine Obi-Wan demanding that what’s left of Krell’s troops get folded into the 212th. Like hell is he going to let these men suffer anymore. (The newly expanded 212th promptly plot how best to keep their General safe and get him all the help and support he needs.)
Request: Uhh is this how you send in a request sorry first time uhh yeah idk but I just wanted to know if you could do one where the reader is like really good at modern dance and she’s in her room dancing and dean is just there watching and after she’s done he just applauds and fluff and such cx yeah uhh idk if you can’t do it I understand but yeah lahhv chu <:
Request: Can you do one where reader is on a dance troop or whatever it’s called and is really good, but the boys don’t know and then there is a big dance competition that she sneaks out to go to but the boys find out and show up? Thanks!
Gwenllian ferch Gruffyydd was an eleventh century Welsh princess who holds the honour of having been nicknamed BOTH “the female Braveheart” and “the female Robin Hood”. Not too shabby! The daughter of the reigning Prince of Gwynnedd, Gwenllian fell in love with and eloped with the Prince of the neighbouring Kingdom of Deheubarth as a teenager. Not long afterwards, Norman invasions and attempted colonisation of South Wales began. Gwenllian and her husband retreated to the mountains as rebels, carrying out lightning raids on Norman troops and stealing from the rich to give to the poor like a pair of royal Robin Hoods. In 1136, Gwenllian’s husband Rhys left to meet with her father and to plan a full-scale revolt against Norman Invasions, leaving Gwenllian in charge of the Kingdom. While he was away, the Normans carried out a full-scale invasion of Deheubarth, and Gwenllian raised and directed armies against them in war. After a prolonged siege of Kidwelly Castle, Gwenllian was defeated, captured and beheaded by the Normans. Her death provoked multiple other anti-Norman rebellions throught Wales in the 1130’s. The best part?
Welsh troops used “Revenge for Gwenllian” as their rally and battle cry for the next 300 years.
Once the writer has determined whether they are dealing with a band of warriors or a trained army of soldiers, the next thing to do is decide how the units are laid out hierarchically, as well as what they’re called.
Let’s talk about: army hierarchies. Troops can be arranged in any manner of ways from the type of weapons they are trained in, length of service, level of training, or any number of other ways. The most frequently used method is that of training level. The more training (generally corresponding with how long they’ve been in service) a soldier has, the higher rank they are, the more power they wield. This may or may not have any link to how many weapons they are trained in. A veteran may be exceptionally skilled with a lance from years of being part of the lancer’s cavalry, but may not have any training with, say, crossbows, long bows, compound bows, daggers, halberds, battle scythes, etc. Green troops refers to soldiers who have little or no training, or sometimes well-trained soldiers with no field experience. They may (or may not) have good skill with their weapon and are able to march, but they have not been exposed to real action. Without strong leadership and steady units on their flanks, green troop units are likely to break under any sort of duress. (Take the Maryland militia during the Battle of Bladensburg in the War of 1812 who broke and ran when rockets were fired over their heads.) Regular troops will make up the bulk of a professional army. They have arms and maneuver training, with some limited action experience such as border skirmishes or putting down riots. They are likely to stand their ground during normal battlefield threats with proficient leadership, and they can be very reliable. Veteran troops boast extensive training with considerable experience. They almost invariably have a history accompanying them and are likely to reenact their past glories via storytelling, rituals, or pageants. They may have special privileges, wear special devices on their uniforms, carry extra well-made weapons, or have extra pay. Veteran troops often function as officers for units of regular troops. (For example, the legionnaires of the Roman Empire were veteran troops with their legion’s history displayed on standards that were carried into battle.) Elite troops are the best of the best, and they form their own units. They are not always found in armies, but are a prized commodity when they are present. Elite soldiers may be leaders of veteran troops. (A great example is the Sacred Band of Thebes, the two-hundred man unit that died defending their city against the armies of Alexander the Great, who later wept for their valor.) Heroes, while more warrior than soldier, have extensive training, experience, and frequently come accompanied by magical abilities. These may take the form of supernatural strength, magically enhanced weaponry, magical companions, etc. They are known to lead veteran or elite troops—sometimes even entire armies—or to function independently. Superheroes, demigods, demons, deities…all of these and more come after the above, if the writer so chooses or the world calls for them. Anything is possible, there just needs to be a plan.
Let’s talk about: things for writers to take note of. These are not rules. They’re more of guidelines, anyway. Historically, even elite troops have broken inexplicably while green troops have stood their ground under harrowing circumstances. Considering these things, truly dramatic scenes can be crafted.
Let’s talk about: naming troops. Units and troops can be broken up in a variety of ways and named according to all kinds of conventions. They may be named for the type of armor they use (Greek hoplites were named after their hoplon, a large, round shield.), a particularly esteemed commander (Sharpe’s Rifles or Arikon’s Winged Lightning), a town the soldiers are from (the Mill Village Militia), a weapon they specialize in (Lance Corp), a guardian (“White Wolves”), etc. Literally the possibilities are endless.
Let’s talk about: types of troops. Given that all of this is subject to the whim of the world the writer is using, the following information is simply basic historical examples. From these, writers can glean inspiration and a feel for how they might like to section up their armies.
Infantry: The most versatile arm of a military force are foot soldiers. They can operate under the greatest variety of conditions and with the least expense and equipment. Such troops also tend to be the least glamorous or rewarded of any sorts of soldiers.
Heavy Infantry: As heavily armored as possible (which, depending on the culture, may be very heavy indeed) with close-combat weapons and sometimes secondary hurling weapons. They are trained to fight toe-to-toe with the enemy in close formations. (The Roman legionary would be one example. They were armed with javelins, short-swords, and daggers; the Greek hoplite, armed with armor-crushing weapons like battle axes, maces, and flails also counted.)
Light Infantry: Wore light or no armor, or perhaps only shields and helmets. Typically, they served as skirmishers, launching missiles at the front ranks of an enemy force before close combat, dispatching wounded soldiers on the battlefield, or chasing down retreating foes. (Examples include the velites of Rome who were armed with javelins; the pletasts of Greece who were also armed with javelins; and the pindaris of India who sported pikes and other miscellaneous weapons.)
Missile Troops: Typically wore no armor and could not engage the enemy in close combat. Such troops were often among the most highly trained in the army. (The Balearic slingers of the ancient world and the English longbow-men of the Middle Ages were a few.)
Cavalry:Chariotry was the first effective form of cavalry. Forces of chariot troops conquered much of Asia and India in the second millennium BC. Chariots are even more limited than horses in the kinds of terrain they can operate on, however, and once horses were bred strong enough to carry an armored man, more maneuverable individual cavalrymen eclipsed chariotry around 500 BC.
Heavy Cavalry: Used swords, spears, and axes; wore heavy armor; and fought in close formation, often stirrup to stirrup. The horses of such units were often as heavily armored as the men, equipped with bard of quilted cloth, scales, mail, or plate. (Examples include the Byzantine cataphractoi; the armored knights of the Middle Ages; and the Mamluk slave soldier of medieval Egypt.)
Light Cavalry: Wore little armor and were used to skirmish against, harry, or pursue the enemy, usually using missile weapons such as javelins or bows. Prior to the introduction of the stirrup, most cavalry were this sort. (The Mongolian mounted archers, who could fire accurately from the saddle while moving at a full gallop, are the best example of such troops.)
Tomorrow we’ll talk about some common terms to refer to more specific types of soldiers.
We had enough clone troops and arms on Kamino to revolt and wipe out every Kaminoan. Hard men. Best troops the galaxy’s ever seen. And yet we stuck to the rules, pretty much. If I’d been half a man, I’d have organised them, led them, overthrown the regime. Force knows I had the years to do it, but I didn’t.
Kal, Republic Commando: Order 66
Now I really want the AU where the Cuy’val Dar instigate a revolt of the clone troops while they’re in production. I thrive on every instance/AU/possibility of clones realizing they’re slaves and rising up and taking back their agency, and this one would throw a real spanner in the works for Sidious (plus kicking Kaminoan butt).
davekat au where dirk wants to join the girl scouts and dave signs him up and helps him sell cookies. karkat becomes a well known thin mints junkie so he tries to hit on him whenever he comes by for a box. karkat is just like “um?? your kid is standing right there??” and dave is just like “yeah i know. he’s takin notes. tryin to earn his how to pick up hotties badge.” dirk just gives karkat a firm but slow head shake no, trying to convey his bro is full of shit but would still be happy if he chose to indulge dave’s weird flirtations anyway and karkat laughs so hard he chokes. they start dating and become the BEST troop dads.
In the 1930s, the armed forces of the Republic of China purchased a great amount of military hardware from Germany in order to compete with the Empire of Japan, from bayonets to artillery, from hand grenades to aircraft. Some of those were license-built in China (e.g. MG 34), some were directly purchased from Germany (e.g. Pzkpfw I). Even though the most intense cooperation was terminated in 1937 when the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out, the German equipment were used by the Chinese army throughout the whole war. In addition, a lot of Chinese military officers as well as research personnel received training in Germany, including Chiang Kai-shek’s own adopted son. Some of the best troops in the Republic of China Army were trained in Germany, and were considered to be the elites.
The Republic of China was fighting the Empire of Japan using weapons provided by Japan’s allies.