War itself isn’t very bosslike at all, but the heroic acts of soldiers serving their countries certainly are. In this article, we’ll be sharing the five most impressive men of combat. These guys make you wonder if the Rambo movies are based on a true story. This isn’t Call of Duty, this is real life!
1. Simo Häyhä, Nickname: White Death (Given by the Red Army)
Simo Häyhä served in the Finnish Army during the Winter War (1939-1940) against the Soviet Union. In freezing temperatures (as low as -40°F), he defended his country and racked up a confirmed kill count of 505 in less than 100 days. This is the highest number of confirmed sniper kills in any major war.
Each day, he killed at least five Soviet soldiers. Seven days before peace was declared, Simo was shot in the jaw by a Soviet soldier. He managed to recover from the wound in the hospital and regained consciousness on the same day peace was declared.
2. Yogendra Singh Yadav
In 1999, India was facing off against Pakistan in the Kargil War and Yogendra Singh Yadav was in the platoon tasked to capture three strategic bunkers on Tiger Hill. Tiger Hill is actually more of a big freakin’ mountain than a hill, so Yogendra volunteered to climb a 100ft high icy cliff face to fix ropes for the rest of his platoon.
With about 60 feet to go of his climb, one of the enemy bunkers opened machine gun and rocket fire on his platoon, killing three (including the platoon commander) and wounding Yogendra with three bullets (groin and shoulder were hit).
Instead of giving up because he was badly wounded, Yogendra finished his climb and tossed a grenade into the first Pakistani bunker. This neutralized enemy fire and killed four enemy soldiers, but he wasn’t done. Thanks to the ropes he fixed and the first bunker he took out, his platoon was able to climb the cliff face to join him in battle.
With two other Indian soldiers, Yogendra charged the second bunker and took out four more Pakistani soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. The end result was his platoon capturing and securing Tiger Hill.
He was awarded the highest military honor attainable in the Indian army: The Param Vir Chakra
3. Jack Churchill, Nicknames: Fighting Jack Churchill and Mad Jack
In WWII, British Lieutenant Colonel Jack Churchill, a.k.a. Mad Jack, went into battle with a longbow and a Scottish sword. He was famously quoted as having said, “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed.”
Mad Jack got the last recorded bow & arrow kill in action, when he shot a German officer with his longbow in 1940.
And did we mention that he also captured 42 enemy soldiers and a mortar squad in the middle of the night using his freakin’ claymore?! Oh… and he carried his bagpipes as well. More on that in a bit.
In 1944, he was tasked with leading the raid on the German-held island of BraÃ„Â. As Mad Jack stormed forward, everyone in his unit was either killed or injured and only six other men made it to the objective. Mortars killed or wounded everyone except Jack Churchill at that point, who was playing “Will Ye No Come Back Again?” on his bagpipes until grenades knocked him out and he was captured by the Nazis.
After his interrogation in Berlin, he was sent to a concentration camp. He didn’t like it there, so he left. He was later re-captured and then sent to another camp, which he also left. He then walked 93 miles to Verona, Italy to meet up with some Americans and get a ride back to Britain.
He demanded to be sent back into the field, but at that point the war was over. Mad Jack was later quoted as having said (to his friends), “If it wasn’t for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years!”
4. Alvin C. York
Our first American on the list and he’s a Medal of Honor recipient, so you know he went full boss mode.
During World War I, he found himself part of a special unit of 17 men tasked with taking out German machine gunners. They were spotted and nine of them were torn to shreds by machine gun fire instantly, before the seven others with Alvin York ran away. This left Sergeant York by himself to deal with the 32 machine gunners. After he took out 22 of them, six Germans tried to flank him. He took them out with his Colt .45, which held eight bullets total.
After seeing this all go down, the Germans thought Alvin York was some kind of British superhero warrior. Americans were widely considered ‘war rookies’ back in World War I. He made them aware of the fact that he was American and the rest of the 132 Germans surrendered to Sergeant York along with their 32 machine guns. He killed 28 Germans.
5. Audie Murphy
Holy crap, prepare to have your mind blown at what this boss pulled off. We’ll start with the fact that the Navy and the Marine Corps turned him down because he was too young and small at 16 years old, 5’5″ and 110lbs. By falsifying his age with his sister’s help, he was able to make it into the Army.
After barely making it through bootcamp, his terrific marksmanship somehow got him sent to Europe, where he fought in Italy and southern France in 1944. This is when things got real for young Audie. He caught malaria and was often hospitalized due to it.
When he wasn’t busy fighting malaria, he was actively killing Nazi soldiers like a boss. One time, he destroyed a tank with some grenades after him and his platoon killed the tank crew. He killed a few Germans in Italy, but nothing completely insane until he went to France.
After shooting a couple Germans one day (with their own machine gun), Audie’s best friend went to accept the surrender of two Nazi soldiers about 100 yards ahead of their position. It was a trick and they shot Audie’s buddy, so he went into boss mode. Under direct fire and charging by himself, he killed six, wounded two more and took 11 Germans prisoner. Like… a… BOSS.
After this, Audie continued being a complete badass. He racked up several more kills and also took direct fire for an hour one day, while directing his men in battle using a radio to take the hill at L’Omet. His radio session led to 15 dead and 35 wounded Nazis.
At this point, you’re probably thinking Audie couldn’t really top that. Well, you would be wrong. After the Germans hit an M10 tank destroyer one day and forced Audie’s men to retreat, he held the post by himself and used a field telephone to direct artillery fire. The whole time he was taking direct fire from the Germans himself, so he decided it was enough and hopped onto the burning tank destroyer. Using the .50 caliber machine gun of the tank destroyer to rain bullets in the direction of his enemies, Audie took out a squad of crawling Nazi soldiers nearby and spent the next hour shooting at German soldiers and tanks. He killed and wounded 50 Germans before he ran out of ammo. Although he was wounded badly, he rejoined his men and led them back to repel the Germans. For his actions that day, Audie Murphy received the Medal of Honor (among a bucket-load of other medals).
And we have nothing left to say here. We are… speechless.