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Posted: 10/28/2010 9:46:57 AM EDT

I saw this today, and I thought that you lot might appreciate this.

The notorious Das Reich panzer division was on its way from southern France to Normandy to help repel the Allied armies that had landed there on D-Day. If they made the 450-mile journey in time, they could well be the difference between victory and defeat — which is why scores of Resistance units like this had been mobilised to slow their progress by whatever means they could...and at whatever cost.

One of the funniest bits:

He was at times able to turn the tables. Returning from a night raid on a railway, he was warned that the road he was on was used regularly by the Germans. Indeed, the local commandant’s staff car was expected shortly.
‘We were at an unmanned level crossing with a heavy wooden pole that lowered itself across the road when a train was coming. It was a perfect opportunity. I fixed some plastic explosive to the wire holding up the pole and rigged it with a fuse.’
When the open staff car sped into view, he blew the fuse, the pole came down and the car hit it at 50mph, decapitating the commandant and his driver. Then Macpherson’s men mowed down the cavalcade’s motorcycle escort with Sten guns. All in all, he recalls phlegmatically, ‘a satisfactory morning’.

Pic related, the man himself:

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:51:45 AM EDT
Truth is always stranger/cooler than fiction.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:58:43 AM EDT
Epic Kilt Man
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:15:32 AM EDT
And he looks like such a nice young man.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:22:49 AM EDT
I would like to read his forthcoming biography.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:25:39 AM EDT
Is that the guy Brick Heck went as for Halloween?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:25:41 AM EDT

From a time when Men were able to use whatever means necessary to kill the enemy....great story.

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