WWII 'Devil's Brigade' to receive medal

A World War II Special Forces unit will be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., next month.

House Speaker John Boehner announced that the U.S.-Canadian 1st Special Service Force, known as the “Devil’s Brigade,” will be honored Feb. 3 in a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

via WWII ‘Devil’s Brigade’ to receive medal.

The 1st Special Service Force was one of the most remarkable units in World War II. As an aside, they generally preferred the moniker The Braves.

We enjoyed the Cliff Robertson movie as much as the next guy, but the real story of 1SSF is so much more interesting, and deserves a fuller account than the movie could give.

2 thoughts on “WWII 'Devil's Brigade' to receive medal”

  1. A good documentary on the FSSF is “Daring to Die: The Story of the Black Devils”. I had a copy that the director gave me at the GI Film Festival a couple of years ago, but I loaned it out….

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2282751/

    One of the Canadian FSSF vets was a regular attendee at our Operation Dragoon reunions.

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