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Old 30 July 2015, 10:18
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Elite units of World War Two

The other thread has done so well that I figured why stop there.
Name any elite units that performed with distinction in any theatre and from any nation. They can be of any size.

1.101st Airborne-USA
2.FSSF-Devil's Brigade-USA/Canada
3.OSS-USA
4.Leibstandarte-Nazi Germany
5.British SAS-Great Britain
6.13th Guards Rifle Division-Soviet Union
7.Fallschirmjager-Nazi Germany
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Old 30 July 2015, 10:20
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Old 30 July 2015, 10:35
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The entire Marine Corps?
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Old 30 July 2015, 11:17
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Royal Navy SBS
British Commando's
2nd,5th and 6th Ranger Battalions
British SOE
Carlson's Raiders
NCDU/UDT's both theaters
Italian Decima Flottiglia MAS
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Old 30 July 2015, 11:28
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The other thread has done so well that I figured why stop there.
Name any elite units that performed with distinction in any theatre and from any nation. They can be of any size.

1.101st Airborne-USA
2.FSSF-Devil's Brigade-USA/Canada
3.OSS-USA
4.Leibstandarte-Nazi Germany
5.British SAS-Great Britain
6.13th Guards Rifle Division-Soviet Union
7.Fallschirmjager-Nazi Germany
I think the term "elite" is a misnomer for some of the units you've listed.

Without a doubt the Ranger battalions were not only elite but served with incredible distinction and were instrumental during WW2.
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Old 30 July 2015, 11:32
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I think Wikipedia already has a page for this...
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Old 30 July 2015, 13:11
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UDT guys that did Recon and cleared the beaches prior to invasions. I don't know the actual unit.
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Japan's unit 731 was pretty special.
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Old 30 July 2015, 15:40
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I think the term "elite" is a misnomer for some of the units you've listed.

Without a doubt the Ranger battalions were not only elite but served with incredible distinction and were instrumental during WW2.
The Ranger Battalions were outstanding. I actually meant to mention them but got sidetracked. What units do you have issues with that I have listed?
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Old 30 July 2015, 16:00
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I think Wikipedia already has a page for this...
They listed Iraq's Republican Guard and United States Air Force Special Operations Weather Technician. I have trouble buying into either one of those. I brought home some Republican Guard gear, and had some personal encounters with them. I was not impressed.
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Old 30 July 2015, 20:27
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Alamo Scouts.

Long-Range Desert Group.

Marine Raiders, while they lasted;

Otto Skorzeny's Commandos;

Italian Incursori;

5307th Composite Unit (Merill's Marauders);

Ord Wingate's Chindits.
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Old 30 July 2015, 21:33
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How about the Code Talkers?
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The Brandenburger are a very interesting unit. They were involved in many operations wearing US uniforms, especially towards the end of the war.
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They listed Iraq's Republican Guard and United States Air Force Special Operations Weather Technician. I have trouble buying into either one of those. I brought home some Republican Guard gear, and had some personal encounters with them. I was not impressed.
Spec Ops Weather personnel are assigned to AFSTS with CCT and PJ's.
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The entire Marine Corps?
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The Brandenburger are a very interesting unit. They were involved in many operations wearing US uniforms, especially towards the end of the war.
They did a lot of damage on the eastern front. There were a lot of Slavs in their ranks. The 101st captured quite a few of them at the Battle of the Bulge.

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Almost as good as Soviet Naval Infantry.
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Old 30 July 2015, 21:41
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Spec Ops Weather personnel are assigned to AFSTS with CCT and PJ's.
Thanks. I do not know shit about them. I have a lot of respect for the PJs.
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