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15 Apr 2013 7:23 p.m. PST
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14Bore23 Sep 2011 4:10 p.m. PST

For me Field Marshal Curt v. Schwerin grabbing the flag of his own 2nd battalion to lead them on and gets hit with canister, or Gen Armistead reaching the wall at Gettysburg. What's your suggestions ?
Maybe not quite the poll question yet, or until there is some suggestions on what to vote on

Old Bear23 Sep 2011 4:32 p.m. PST

H. Jones. Falkland Islands.

doc mcb23 Sep 2011 4:40 p.m. PST

Black Douglas' last charge?

von Winkelried?

There was an unknown Hungarian girl in Budapest in 1956 who set her dress on fire and jumped into the turret of a T54, blowing it up.

Really, there must be thousands of acts of sacrifice in battle in all the stories.

Norman D Landings23 Sep 2011 4:42 p.m. PST

GAC at Little Big Horn…

Harold, at Hastings…

Wolfe at Quebec…

Yeah, I think perhaps Nelson.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2011 5:05 p.m. PST

The Victorian picture of Gordon dying at Khartoum.



vojvoda23 Sep 2011 5:06 p.m. PST

Randy Shughart and Gary Gordon during the Battle of Mogadishu, Bar none, the only two soldiers ever given the Medal of Houour for the same action. Both were friends and fellow soldier who to this day can bring a tear to my eyes. They were true heroes.
James Mattes

Pictors Studio23 Sep 2011 5:18 p.m. PST

Leonidas at thermopylae for me.


Admiral Kidd on the bridge of the Arizona at Pear Harbor!

Wizard Whateley23 Sep 2011 6:02 p.m. PST

Lord Nelson at Trafalgar.

Wizard Whateley23 Sep 2011 6:03 p.m. PST

Richard III at Bosworth.

Battle Phlox23 Sep 2011 6:22 p.m. PST

This thread is sounding a little too much like the comic book guy from the Simpsons. "Greatest military death ever."

uruk hai23 Sep 2011 7:17 p.m. PST

'Black' Bob Crauford

skippy000123 Sep 2011 8:00 p.m. PST

hitler, blowing his brains out-just 12 years too late.

Fonthill Hoser23 Sep 2011 8:17 p.m. PST

H Jones? He got himself in a very poor tactical position and paid the ultimate price.

Who was the samurai who cut his own head off to inspire the troops?

fitterpete23 Sep 2011 8:26 p.m. PST

LaSalle, died like a true light cavalryman.

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Sep 2011 8:30 p.m. PST

I'm thinking Nelson too.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2011 8:57 p.m. PST

General Brock at Queenston Heights.

21eRegt23 Sep 2011 9:13 p.m. PST

To add to the list – General Sedgwick in 1864: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dis(thwack!)"

Hard to top Nelson. Went out at the top of his game and winning the most admired naval victory in history.

Fonthill Hoser23 Sep 2011 9:34 p.m. PST

Silurian, Brock was another who was killed as a result of getting himself into a poor position. However, his final order, "Surgite!" is a classic. It's the motto of my alma mater, Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.


Jovian123 Sep 2011 9:43 p.m. PST

El Cid?

The Chevalier du Bayard? Who else gets shot in the back and both sides stop the war to tend to him til he dies?

krieghund24 Sep 2011 3:09 a.m. PST


bruntonboy24 Sep 2011 4:04 a.m. PST

Gustav II Adolf at Lutzen I would say.

or Harold at Hastings, or Nelson, or James IV at Flodden or the unkonwn Viking at Stamford Bridge who held back the Saxons for an age from crossing.

There's no correct answer really is there?

Scorpio24 Sep 2011 4:38 a.m. PST

There's no correct answer really is there?

Welcome to the TMP Suggestions Board!

emckinney26 Sep 2011 10:37 a.m. PST

Charles N. DeGlopper?

"I wonder if he ever thought 'What the heck am I doing this for?'"

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Apr 2013 12:47 p.m. PST

A Gentlemen no longer allowed to post here at TMP called my attention to this poll with his question, "How did Danjou (Camerone), Crockett/Bowie/Travis (Alamo), or Armisted (Gettysburg) not make the cut?"

Excellent questions, Sir!

Or what about Frank Luke's "last stand" against the Huns?

I think the list of nominees should have been allowed to grow a bit, and then probably voted on from several, shorter lists, and then a final cut.

But a legitimate topic of discussion, indeed!


Great War Ace17 Apr 2013 11:53 a.m. PST

Frank Luke took out his pistol, but there was no shootout. He died by a stream with his lungs full of blood.

I never saw the poll….

Sisiutl20 Apr 2013 12:17 p.m. PST

Pierre Terrail de Bayard, without a doubt.

Mortally wounded when covering the retreat of the forces he had just "inherited" from Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet (a fop who survived the battle and lived long enough to cause François I to be captured and some ten thousand French combattants to die at Pavia), he was overtaken by the enemy, who included his former friend, Charles III de Bourbon, the former Constable of France.

When the latter saw him dying, he reportedly said, "Ah! Monsieur de Bayard… it grieves me so to see you in such a state, you who were so virtuous a knight!", to which Bayard responded, "Grieve not for me, Sir, for I die a man of honour. But I grieve for you, who serve against your king and your country."

That ability to deliver a final estocade to a traitor must surely be worth an honourable mention.

John D Salt21 Apr 2013 2:08 a.m. PST

Temporary Lieutenant Thomas Wilkinson and the crew of HMS Li Wo.

All the best,


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