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  • Japanese Samurai

    11 13.58%
  • European Knights

    8 9.88%
  • Mongols

    11 13.58%
  • Huns

    2 2.47%
  • Janissaries

    2 2.47%
  • Roman Gladiators

    7 8.64%
  • Scottish Highlanders

    3 3.70%
  • Vikings

    6 7.41%
  • Musketeers

    0 0%
  • other group of warriors

    31 38.27%
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    My personal favourites, the guys I'd want to have my back if I was fighting hand to hand and blade to blade, are, in no particular order:

    Norsemen, especially Wolfshirts or Bersekers.

    Poor Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon.

    The Scottish Knights and Infantry of the Wars of Independance.

    Spartans.

    Scottish Border Reivers.


    And if the Bad Guys had archers, I'd want either English and Welsh Longbow men or Mongol/Hun horse archers on my side as well!

    Has anyone been watching Deadliest Warrior on Spike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason View Post
    just a reaction to the statement above:
    winston churchill said that the filipino warrior is the greatest warrior. For with their fierce resistance it saved australia from the japanese and gave the allies enough time to prepare against the japanese. That all done with few modern weapons and with their bolos and sticks. There are documented skirmishes where a single eskrimador disarmed and killed several japanese soldiers and faced a katana weilding samurai officer, which he disarmed and killed with his kali stick, and many other war stories. It is also said that ( i havent seen the actual document/article) that Miyamoto Mushashi the greatest samurai was outclassed by a kali warrior. Being a warrior i think is different from being a soldier. warriors strive for individual glory or the glory of their warrior society, soldiers are DIFFERENT. For individual merit and prowess in combat, few if any can match a real master of Kali, and its practitioner the Filipino warrior.
    Since I currently train in Kali(among other Arts)I have to agree with you as tot he fighting ability of the Filopeno warrior. The term "running amok" comes from the Filopeno warrior's battle-fury.

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    I would say Greeks under Alexander the Great, as warriors/leader combo. They only stopped winning because they got home sick. They also won a battle against elephants in India. If they didn't return home they possibly would have tested the Samurai's skills, as Alexander was on a quest looking for the end of the earth.

    Lots of awesome warriors, leaders and armies through the history. We know who was great but will never know who was the best.

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    I wouldn`t call Roman Gladiators "warriors". They were just slaves. They didn`t fight for the idea.
    My vote is Vikings or Mongols.

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    Vikings or Mongols did'nt "fight for the idea" either. They fought for loot and personal glory.

    This discussion is about fighting ability, not morality. By those standards, the Roman Gladiators were Warriors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnabuff View Post
    They hold on to Spain for 900 years
    LOL. Arabs hold on to Spain for 900 years?? Please, get a clue.

    Muslims (not arabs) ruled the Kingdom of Granada for 800 years...



    ...Until they were expelled by the Catholic Kings (without putting a fight btw)




    In the rest of the Iberian Peninsula (not Spain) they ruled for a very shorter period:


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    ...and they never conquered the whole Peninsula as you can see in the last pic.

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    Yeah,id have to say The Templars,nothing beats religious fervor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnabuff View Post
    I am Italian and was a student at SOAS, I think the Arabs of the meditereanea were underated. They actually expand from Bedoins Arab peninsula towards the north to sacked the Persians and Byzantines and settled in Spain and move towards India and steps of china less than 120 years, I think thats amazing Warriors .

    After further readings the earlier arabs were not taught to surrender and can invade a large Army even tho they had smaller troops

    Arabic speaking people invaded Spain, South Portugan, Sicily Mid East, Persia up to India and steps of China, I think its remakable! And they fought and even brought science to Spain and beyond, and thats a Bonus!

    Muscles and Brauns

    But like all, they went down, everything that goes up has to come down

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    Actually, most of the muslim invaders in Iberia were not Arab but Bereber.

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    You are talking exclusively about the Iberian Peninsula invasion Wilhelm.

    But dnabuff was talking about the muslims invasions in Persia, India and China too... and there the arabs didn't take berbers from Magreb for their army.

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    I don’t know about the best, that would probably go to The Samurai who combined being warriors with so much more, but the prize for being hardest bastards would probably go to a Scottish lot.

    I recall that there was a Scottish ‘lowland’ regiment made up mostly from people from Glasgow and surroundings who had the informal regimental slogan “Guns an’ weapons we don’ need, jus’ a razor … wheeest, ye’re deed”

    This being based on the antics that the Glasgow street gangs got up to, and in some areas still do.

    The Gurkhas would probably come a close second.
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    I know this is a long dead poll, but I felt a need to mention the Cantabrians. Their resistance towards the Romans seems like something that no modern historian could adequately summarize.

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    jesus! was

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    There were many, obviously. I would like to add the Lusitanians to the list. They resisted the Romans (for hundreds of years) and dealt them considerable military blows in Western Iberia.

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    A well seasoned, modern day US Navy Seal would give any warrior from any time period a run for his money, on land, under water, or freefalling out of an airplane. With or without just about any weapon, at any range from zero to 2000 meters.

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    A neat post. After much consideration, I went with Samurai.
    I don't know if it would have caused a different answer from me, but I would have put in Roman Legionaries as opposed to gladiators.

    If I were to add my own from the past, I would take the Greek hoplite.

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    xanthos-the capital city of likia (south anatolia)- warriors. they killed almost all of their women and children before their last war against persians (some says they commit suicide after killing their own families).

    http://www.fethiyeyachting.com/jpg_files%5Cxanthos.jpg
    http://lexicorient.com/turkey/xanthos06.htm
    http://www.antalyaburada.com/images/...by/xanthos.jpg
    http://www.pataraotel.com/FileUpload...e/xanthos5.jpg
    http://images.travelpod.com/users/le...de-xanthos.jpg

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    spartans and montenegrin warriors

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    Србски ратници-Serbian warriors


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    The choice Czar Lazar and his brave Serbian warriors made in the fateful battle of 1389 still help their descendants today make the right choices.


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    This battle the Serbs lost physically, but because of the great heroism and extreme sacrifice for Serbian Heritage and Serbian Orthodox Faith, it is still one of Serbian History’s “greatest moments.” It was when the brave Serbian Christian warriors went into battle against overwhelming odds, choosing “eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven” over life in the early kingdom.

    Most of the persons named in this song were from old Serbian History, and more particularly, around the Battle of Kosovo Polje (Battle of the Field of Blackbirds). Against the Turkish army

    We celebrate that day—with honor, pride and dignity-each year on June 28, Vidovdan.
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    Milos Obilic was a great Serbian hero, who at Kosovo Polje went into the Turk’s own camp and killed the Turkish Czar Murat. He was an inspiration to Serbian warriors. Some of our mot beautiful songs are written about Milos Obilic and his heroic deeds. He is often cited as an example of fidelity and dedication based on his devotion to his ruler, the Serbian Czar Lazar. Our greatest Serbian poet, Petar II Petrovic-Njegos, Bishop of Crna Gora, placed Milos Obilic above all Kosovo warriors because of his heroic feats. Milos Obilic perished on the Kosovo Polje Battlefield.

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    Draza Mihajlovic (Mihailovich) was our beloved Serbian hero of World War II. Although given the opportunity to flee the country, he stayed and fought together with his brave followers against overwhelming enemies of the Serbs in the worst days in Serbian history. General Draza fought in the name of freedom and for a nation founded on democratic principles. He was praied by all democratic leaders and fighters of our times until he was deserted by those he helped. His followers, among many other brave deeds, save the lives of almost 600 American aviators, downed over Yugoslav territory. The communists deceitfully captured Draza in 1946 and without a proper trail, sentenced him to death. Be he lives and will live on in the hearts of the Serbian Chetniks and all freedom-loving Serbian people everywhere.

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    Karadjordjevic was another famous Serbian dynasty headed by Karadjordje. The head of the dynasty, Djordje Petrovic (Karadjordje), was a Serbian villager from Topola near Belgrade. He organized the first Serbian uprising against the Turks in 1804 and caused the Turks much trouble for almost ten years. Even Napoleon was amazed at this great feats against the Turks.

    The upsrising was continued under the leadership of Prince Milos Obrenovich in 1815. Karadjordje was acclaimed in many Serbian songs as a great hero. His grandson was King Peter I, the Great Liberator, and his great grandson was King Alexander I, the Unifier, who was assassianted in Marseilles in 1934.

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    Serbian Emperor Dusan the Mighty



    Stefan Uroš IV Dušan (Serbian Cyrillic: Стефан Урош IV Душан) (c. 1308 – 20 December 1355), called "the Mighty" (Serbian: Силни, Silni), was the King of Serbia (from 8 September 1331) and Emperor (Tsar) of the Serbs and Romans (from 16 April 1346). He enacted the constitution of the Serbian Empire in Dušan's Code, and under his rule Serbia reached its territorial, political and economic peak.
    He is also the only ruler from the house of Nemanjić who has not been canonised as a saint. Dušan was also noted as a man of gigantic proportions. According to Papal ambassadors, he was the tallest man of his time, estimated at close to seven feet tall. His death in 1355 was a "catastrophe" for the Eastern Orthodox Church in the Balkans, since he ruled in the only Balkan state which was capable to stop the advance of the Ottoman Empire.[1] His Crown is presently kept at the Cetinje Monastery, in Montenegro.

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    The greatest warriors in history

    The Spartans and Alexander the Great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperium Romanorum View Post
    Serbian Emperor Dusan the Mighty



    Stefan Uroš IV Dušan (Serbian Cyrillic: Стефан Урош IV Душан) (c. 1308 – 20 December 1355), called "the Mighty" (Serbian: Силни, Silni), was the King of Serbia (from 8 September 1331) and Emperor (Tsar) of the Serbs and Romans (from 16 April 1346). He enacted the constitution of the Serbian Empire in Dušan's Code, and under his rule Serbia reached its territorial, political and economic peak.
    He is also the only ruler from the house of Nemanjić who has not been canonised as a saint. Dušan was also noted as a man of gigantic proportions. According to Papal ambassadors, he was the tallest man of his time, estimated at close to seven feet tall. His death in 1355 was a "catastrophe" for the Eastern Orthodox Church in the Balkans, since he ruled in the only Balkan state which was capable to stop the advance of the Ottoman Empire.[1] His Crown is presently kept at the Cetinje Monastery, in Montenegro.
    We find common ground here. I hold that Dushan untimely death was a major event that has been almost forgotten by time. Had he lived for a while longer, the Slavs of the Balkans would probably have either taken or married into the dynasty that ruled Constantinople.
    Without going into a long explanation about the 'new life' being breathed into the otherwise dying empire or the likely result of greater resources resulting from the ensuing unification of the Balkans, I hold that the Ottomans would probably never taken the city if Dushan had lived.
    I can think of very few 'what if' scenarios that would have had a greater change of resulting history than this.


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