World War 2 was one of the most devastating conflicts throughout the entire human history. Millions upon millions of people died, disease spread without mercy, and the destruction was on a level no country could fathom at the time. The only good thing to come from the war is the heroics of men and women who braved everything and risked it all to stand against tyranny and evil. The following ten soldiers managed to achieve the impossible, and they ended up becoming famous for their triumphs. We definitely couldn’t do anything near what these men and women were able to do.
1.Dirk J. Vlug
Dirk J. Vlug, born way back in 10916, served in the 126th Infantry division in the Philippines. On December 15, 1944, his unit was under attack. Vlug loaded a rocket launcher and took out the first tank, then charged the second and took out the gunner. He finished it off with a second rocket. He then spotted more coming, so he rushed them. In total, Vlug took out five tanks completely alone that day.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Carpenter was once an observation pilot for the United States during the war. While flying a reconnaissance mission during the siege of Lorient in 1944, Carpenter attached rocket launchers to his plane. Six in total. He fired the rockets, destroying at least six tanks and numerous armored cars.
James Hill, a British Army Officer, was part of the 1st Parachute Brigade deployed in North Africa. On November 22, 1942, he successfully took on three Italian tanks alone. He charged them with nothing more than a revolver, dodging enemy fire the entire way. He subdued two of them by poking his revolver through the observation holes. While taking on the third, he was shot three times, but survived. He drew out the crew and won the battle.
Fritz Christen, a soldier in the Waffen-SS, was manned an anti-tank battery on September 24, 1941, when hell broke loose. Christen was completely alone after the rest of his squad was killed off. He manned the 50mm cannon, destroying 13 Soviet tanks and killing 100 soldiers across 3 days.
Ivan Pavlovich, a cook for the 91st Tank Regiment in the Red Army, was preparing dinner one night in August of 1941. He noticed a German tank stalled nearby, so he grabbed a rifle and an axe and charged. The crew, seeing the Russian swinging an axe, began firing their machine gun. He dodged the rounds, bent the machine gun barrel with the axe, then ordered the four man crew to surrender after tricking them with an imaginary grenade.
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