Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Not taking anything away from the SEAL’s and Navy, but since when has the lineage of SEAL’s had anything to do with the First Special Service Force?

'We Never Lost a Battle': Devil's Brigade honoured

. . . they lost many many men, they never lost a battle.

But it's how they got their name that is the stuff of legend. The brigade would go on nighttime raids. They would blacken their faces using burnt cork from wine bottles.

Bill Storey of Winnipeg, one of the first to join this special unit, says they captured a diary from a German captain who wrote "the Black Devils are all around us, we never know where they're going to hit or strike next."

"We were pretty damn deadly to be quite frank," says Storey.

The name, the Black Devils, stuck. Their commander, a well respected man called Col. Frederick, came up with the idea of leaving calling cards with the unit's logo -- a red spearhead with the name USA CANADA and in German beside it, the words "the worst is yet to come." It was a form of psychological warfare and it worked. The "Devils" became a feared fighting force and in just two years captured 30,000 prisoners of war.

The 1st Special Service Force 60th reunion in Helena 18 August 2006

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