Arminius was a Roman officer and later the chief of the Germanic Cherusci tribe who in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD was best-known for leading an alliance of Germanic tribes where three Roman legions were destroyed.
The success of Arminius in destroying three whole legions, and driving the Romans out of Germany was one of Rome’s most devastating defeats.
In retaliation, there was more fighting and there were some more victories for Arminius. His wife was captured and his son forced to grow up in Roman custody
Killed by rival Germanic chiefs, but Arminius’ short-lived battle prowess lives on.
During the occupation of Vietnam in the 3rd century, Lady Triệu was a female warrior who for a time succeeded in resisting the Chinese state of Eastern Wu.
Her extraordinary struggle accomplishments have proven to be so inspirational to Vietnamese people over the centuries that she has grown bigger than life.
Known as Vietnamese Joan of Arc, her extraordinary struggle accomplishments have proven to be so inspirational to Vietnamese people over the centuries that she has grown bigger than life.
A native warrior who not only overcame a brutal injury but actually made it into the enemy’s worst nightmare.
After winning the war, The Spanish captured and marched 150 Mapuche prisoners, including a young chief named Galvarino back to the Spanish camp.
Following the unfair trial, Spanish leader García Hurtado de Mendoza ordered a group to cut off every warrior’s right hand and nose and both hands of leaders such as Galvarino.
The horrendous act was a message to the Mapuche: Submit or be murdered.
He was a soldier, like his dad, and a King of Maratha who dared to oppose the rule of Mughal.
Such was courage, strength, and intelligence, which made him not just an invincible warrior, but also an embodiment of military and academic intelligence. One such event was when he fought bare-handedly with the Asiatic Lion in the dense jungles of the Western Ghats earning him a nickname ‘Chava’ for a reason!
Choice of Gruesome death
In the outset of 1689, Mukarrab Khan (accompanied with mughal army) Attacked and Captured Weaponless Sambhaji and advisor. In confinement the Mughal king offered Sambhaji for his life only when he gave up all the fortresses and returned all of his hidden treasures and revealed the names of all the Mughal officers who had helped him. Instead, Sambhaji refused and sang Lord Shiva’s praises. After an heated arguement He(and hisdvisor) was commanded to be tortured to death by Aurangzeb. For more than 40 days, they both have been brutally tortured. The torture involved the removal of eyes and tongue and the removal of nails. The later part was about the skinning alive.
Aurangzeb once again asked after all the torture if he had enough and wanted to be converted, but the brave king refused. Sambhaji was finally killed on March 11, 1689, supposedly tearing him with ‘Wagh Nakhe’ (‘Tiger Claws’) and beheaded by an axe and his body parts were thrown at Vadhu, on the banks of the Bhima, near Pune.
Fengxian was a warlord and military general who lived in Imperial China’s late Eastern Han Dynasty.
When he first came onto the scene, he was noted to be great in the martial arts, with exceptional talent on the horse and with the bow, nicknamed the ‘flying general’ for his martial prowess.
He was recognized for his specialization in horseback riding and archery and his physical strength. He had also a strong steed called the “Red Hare”
Tough Lü Bu is described as an extraordinarily strong warrior in historical and fictional sources, he was also notorious for temperamental behavior.
He erratically changed his allegiances and betrayed his allies easily; his poor planning and management abilities were significantly noted. He always suspected other people and couldn’t control his subordinates.
Few soldiers are as famous as Simo Häyhä from Finland. Häyhä served only less than one hundred days during the winter war 1939-1940 between Finland and the Soviet Union. with at least 505 confirmed killings known as the most deadly sniper in history.
Häyhä was deadly in a long-range; his M28/30 sniper rifles were half his estimated 500-542 kills. (the Finnish version of the legendary Russian Mosin-Nagant). With his Suomi KP-31 machine gun, which had about 250 Soviets, he was equally deadly in the close surroundings. Not surprisingly, soon Soviet troops assigned a suitable nickname of Häyhä: White Death. Häyhä was without while most of the snipers were using telescopic views.
What’s more, he didn’t like to use rifle Telescopic sight, Using a scope, a sniper was forced to raise their head a few centimeters, which was easily visible to the enemy snipers. Also vulnerable to extreme cold were the telescopic sights. Even in the poor light of a Finnish winter, he was dependent on iron sights and the naked eye. The Soviets were keen to get rid of that seemingly undefeatable soldier who had so much fear, injury and death spread among their rows. Häyhä was the primary goal of the Red Army; The Red Army almost succeeded on 6 March 1940. Häyhä was spotted by a Soviet sniper and shot at with a bullet in his lower left jaw.
He was supposed to be killed by the shot. Häyhä survived somehow, although severely injured. Rescued by Finnish soldiers, he was taken to a field hospital. He hadn’t been a beautiful sight. The near-fatal injury made half his face was missing. But Häyhä had once again beaten the odds: disfigured permanently, but lived a long life.
Miyamoto Musashi was a Japanese swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer, and rōnin. The fact that Musashi was not confined to just one discipline or practice makes him so special. He was like a Japanese Renaissance Man, with no boundaries in his abilities.
Although he won at least sixty duels by the age of 30 he was really great with his latest duel against Swordmaster Sasaki Kojiro. Bennosuke, the boy who would kill his first opponent at age 13, was believed to be born in 1584, in the village of Miyamoto of Japan’s Harima province in western Honshu.
But outside Japan, he is known as the master of the Swords, Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest of the samurai. In 1612, Musashi’s most famous meeting took place against his arch-rival Sasaki Kojirō, who was a swordsman of equal skill. The contest was held on a small island along the Japanese coast. Musashi fashioned a wooden sword out of an oar while being rowed into the dueling site. In the duel, Musashi quickly dispatched Kojirō with a well-placed blow to the head using his wooden sword.
Following the duel, Musashi felt that he reached his peak as a swordsman retiring from dueling life.
Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt with tens of thousands of soldiers with Cryxus, Gannicus, Castus, and Oenomaus. He defeated the Roman forces more than half a dozen times and marched up and down the Italian peninsula until his death in April 71 B.C.
Spartacus and his small group of escapees acquired gladiator weapons in a passing cart and went to the Vesuvius Mount. Along the way,
recruited Slaves in the countryside raided for supplies and more recruits. Rome did not react seriously to the growing strength of Spartacus. The military of the Republic fought in Spain, South-East Europe, and Crete at the time of its breakout.
An escaped group of slaves was not seen to present Roman soldiers with a serious challenge.
Spartacus continued to trap and defeat Roman units while slaves were freeing other slaves and collecting supplies. Back in Rome, a large army headed by Lucius Gellius Publicola and Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus was sent by the impatient Senate.
In the spring of 72 B.C. Spartacus may have had 40,000 soldiers, some of whom stayed in Southern Italy with their co-leader Crixus while the rest progressed towards the Alps.
Gellius’ roman forces captured Crixus and murdered the leader together with many of his rebels. Then Gellius went from the south to Spartacus while Lentulus, apparently ahead of Spartacus, walked from the north. Between two armies, Spartacus was certainly fitted with better arms and armor than Romans.
But neither commander appears to have reckoned with it that Spartacus had established an enormous cavalry force that destroyed Romans offguard.
Leonidas I was King of the Greek City state Sparta and the seventeenth King of Agiad dynasty, which claimed to have descended from Heracles and Cadmus, the mythological half-god.
Leonidas is one of Sparta’s greatest military leaders, one of the most well-known and remembered. It was his courage and cunning, the leader of the famous 300 battle, who ultimately propelled the Greeks into a victory over the Persians.
Alexander the Great
As king of Macedonia and Persia, Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedonian ruler, one of the greatest military minds of history to have ever established the greatest empire of the ancient world.
Philip called the great philosopher Aristotle to guide his son when Alexander was 13. Aristotle sparked and encouraged The interest of Alexander in literature, science, medicine, and philosophy.
When Philip went to battle and left his son responsible for Macedonia, Alexander was only 16. The army was supposedly immeasurable and composed entirely of male lovers in the battle of Chaeronea. Alexander saw the opportunity to show his military worth and carried a cavalry against the sacred band of Thebes.
Alexander showcased his strength and courage and the Sacred Band of Thebes was decimated by his cavalry.
Alexander’s father Philip was assassinated by his bodyguard Pausanias in 336 BC. At the age of 20, Alexander took the Macedonian throne and murdered his competitors before they could challenge his sovereignty.
In northern Greece, he also quashed the independence rebellions. Once he had cleaned his house, Alexander left for Macedonia’s world domination in his father’s footsteps. Alexander introduced many conquered countries, which are still important cultural centers, and several cities he founded still remain.
The history period of his death in 31 B.C., when his empire fell, was known as “the Hellenistic period,” that is, “to speak Greek or to identify with the Greeks culture.” Alexander the Great is revered as one of the greatest and most influential leaders ever produced in the ancient world.