During the bitter struggle came a defining moment for the FSSF
. As the popular legend goes, Captain Bill Rothlin and his troops had trapped a group of Germans in a gun emplacement.
was called the Black Devils Brigade because the men worked at night and covered their faces with black shoe polish.
Although not a special operator or warrior like the men in the FSSF
, Nadler, who has found himself in harm's way, has managed to re-create their blood, sweat, and tears.
had no problems moving into their attack positions.
worked with an assortment of nonstandard semiautomatic and automatic weapons.
Precisely 99 days after entering the line, the FSSF
departed the bridgehead.
On August 18, the very day that the FSSF
received orders to move from Alaska to California, their compatriots stormed ashore on the beaches of Sicily.
There was no 2nd Canadian Parachute Battalion; personnel were actually being selected for the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion of the First Special Service Force (FSSF
THE M29 WEASELS and their crews, the First Special Service Force (FSSF
), were not Geoffrey Pyke's (pictured above) only 'fourth element' folly.
The "Devil's Brigade," formally known as the First Special Service Force (FSSF
), was made famous by the eponymous film.
Besides the Tuskegee Airmen and the Native American code talkers (both the subject of recent movies), the First Special Service Force (FSSF
) was a recipient.
Sergeant Tommy Prince, a FSSF
and PPCLI Korea veteran, who, sadly, passed away some years ago, had the distinction of receiving both the Military Medal and the U.S.