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".
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
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.