What was the greatest rearguard action in history?

What was the greatest rearguard action in history?

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Me, your mom, yesterday night.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      False. I can personally confirm OPs mom's rear guard was severly lacking last night.

      I can not attest to the state of your rear guard vs OPs mom though. Anon, are you okay?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am divided. On one hand there's the 300 Spartans who sacrificed themselves to give the country time to raise an army. On the other hand there's the French Army forces who died while protecting the Brits while they evacuated from Dunkirk. Then there's the Alamo where American forces held back Santa Anna long enough to give their army a chance to deploy. We also have the wounded Brits at Arnheim who covered for their retreating comrades, and the German gebirgsjagers who provided a screen for lesser units in 1945 and let them escape west to surrender to the western Allies, at the cost of having to surrender themselves to the russians. I dunno, I get kinda queasy at comparing people who decided to sacrifice themselves to save their fellow man. In my eyes they are ALL the greatest.

    John 15:13
    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No love for Roland's rear guard at Roncevaux Pass?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >300 Spartans
      >and 700 others
      fify

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      IMO it has to be the Spartans, just from how historically impactful it was. Even if you don't believe it would have changed the outcome of the war (I personally do) then that last stand has been a legend for thousands of years, and permanently entrenched Sparta as a famous and idealized culture. Plus, with some of your (good) alternatives, they didn't really have the option to retreat and were basically performing desperate measures under siege conditions. The Spartans could have easily left, but instead they had the balls to face down a massive army with death staring them in the face

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Pte Dease singlehandedly holding off the entire German Army with a Vickers gun during the Battle of Mons
    >two unknown Chinese tankers doing a Fury and saving a civilian evacuation jetty in Shanghai from being overrun by holding out in a disabled Panzer 1 all night
    >ANZACs recreating the Battle of Thermopylae in 1941, holding off the Germans in the exact same spot as Leonidas long enough for the BEF to be evacuated to Crete

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dease was an officer, commanding an MG section.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Whoops, thinking of the other guy then.
        Their animosity turned bromance is a story for the ages though

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For me it's the lone viking on Stamford Bridge

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think the battles along the long march deserves recognition here. Certainly some of the most impactful rearguard actions

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Also Horatius at the bridge

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Michel Ney defending the French retreat out of Russia.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This.
      The bravest of the brave.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Only right answer.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Russian Army, Kherson, November 2022

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Stamford Bridge being held by a single beserker against the Saxon army

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not sure if necessarily was a rear guard but there's the alleged case of Fritz Christen where a single guy remaining surviving in an anti-tank battery held off waves of Soviet tanks and infantry in an intense probing action by the Soviets, claiming 13 tanks destroyed and almost a hundred infantrymen killed. Could just be a propaganda story created by the Germans since not sure where the tale originates from but is interesting if true.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      him vs that one KV2 at Raseiniai

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Roland

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Song_of_Roland
    Without a doubt.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gallipoli withdrawal, drip rifles calibrated to fire at regular intervals fooling the enemy as to number of defenders
    www.historicalfirearms.info/post/136973129269/william-scurrys-drip-rifle-the-evacuation-of

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Imjin River was pretty good.

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