In 1942, they were lumberjacks, miners, hunters and farmers from the United States and Canada, who came together at a U.S. Army base in Montana. Within a few months, they were well-trained warriors nicknamed "The Devil's Brigade".

In 1942, they were lumberjacks, miners, hunters and farmers from the United States and Canada, who came together at a U.S. Army base in Montana. Within a few months, they were well-trained warriors nicknamed "The Devil's Brigade".

American soldiers sleep in a dugout during a lull in the fighting, Anzio, Italy, 1944.

American soldiers sleep in a dugout during a lull in the fighting, Anzio, Italy, 1944.

Lieutenant J. Kostelec (Calgary, AB), who is wearing the “U.S.-Canada” shoulder title worn by all members of the First Special Service Force, Noci, Italy, 2 January 1944.

Lieutenant J. Kostelec (Calgary, AB), who is wearing the “U.S.-Canada” shoulder title worn by all members of the First Special Service Force, Noci, Italy, 2 January 1944.

December 26, 1944: James R. Hendrix, nineteen, single-handedly captures 13 German soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

December 26, 1944: James R. Hendrix, nineteen, single-handedly captures 13 German soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Devil’s Brigade arose in July of 1942. Underneath the official title, 1st Special Service Force, American and Canadian soldiers had been combined collectively to form a special task force skilled for battle behind enemy lines. The origin of numerous special units can be traced back to this special force. Check out the shirt at www.ddaywear.com

Devil’s Brigade arose in July of 1942. Underneath the official title, 1st Special Service Force, American and Canadian soldiers had been combined collectively to form a special task force skilled for battle behind enemy lines. The origin of numerous special units can be traced back to this special force. Check out the shirt at www.ddaywear.com

A 6-2 Section of the First Special Service Force Staff-Sergeant K.S. Chapman, carrying a Thompson submachine gun; Sergeant T.C. Potenza, carrying a Johnson light machine gun; Sergeant N.J. Overall, carrying a Bazooka; Sergeant T.F. Olynyk, carrying an SCR-536 radio; Sergeant H.W. McCarthy, carrying a Thompson submachine gun (R-L) during a battle drill at Anzio beachhead, Italy, in late April, 1944. REUTERS/Lieut. C.E. Nye/Canada Department of Defence Archives

A 6-2 Section of the First Special Service Force Staff-Sergeant K.S. Chapman, carrying a Thompson submachine gun; Sergeant T.C. Potenza, carrying a Johnson light machine gun; Sergeant N.J. Overall, carrying a Bazooka; Sergeant T.F. Olynyk, carrying an SCR-536 radio; Sergeant H.W. McCarthy, carrying a Thompson submachine gun (R-L) during a battle drill at Anzio beachhead, Italy, in late April, 1944. REUTERS/Lieut. C.E. Nye/Canada Department of Defence Archives

1944- Still haggard and worn from a pre-dawn joint American-Canadian mission against enemy on the Anzio beachhead, these soldiers take advantage of the lull and share some rations.

1944- Still haggard and worn from a pre-dawn joint American-Canadian mission against enemy on the Anzio beachhead, these soldiers take advantage of the lull and share some rations.

Forty-two surviving members of a joint American-Canadian Special Forces military unit called The Devil’s Brigade were honoured with the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday — the highest civilian honour the United States Congress can bestow.

Canadian Devil's Brigade members get Congressional Gold Medal in Washington

Forty-two surviving members of a joint American-Canadian Special Forces military unit called The Devil’s Brigade were honoured with the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday — the highest civilian honour the United States Congress can bestow.

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