Forty-two surviving members of a joint American-Canadian special forces military unit called the Devils Brigade were honoured with the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday — the highest civilian honour the United States Congress can bestow.
Did the Devils Brigade exist?
Properly designated as the 1st Special Service Force, the Devils Brigade was a joint World War II American-Canadian commando unit trained at Fort Harrison near Helena, Montana in the United States. Many modern American and Canadian Special Forces units trace their heritage to this unit.
Are any of the Black Devils still alive?
Two veterans, who survived in one of the deadliest commando units of World War Two, have died in their nineties within hours of each other. The commandos were nicknamed the Black Devils by the Nazis because of their formidable force.
What happened to the Devils Brigade?
The Special Force brigade was withdrawn from the mountains in January and on 1 February was landed at the beachhead created by Operation Shingle at Anzio, south of Rome, replacing the 1st and 3rd Ranger Battalions, which had suffered heavy losses at the Battle of Cisterna.
Is the movie Devils Brigade based on a true story?
The 1968 film “The Devils Brigade” is even more true to life. Its based on the 1st Special Service Force, which became known during World War II variously as the Devils Brigade, the Black Devils and Freddies Freighters.
Where did they film the Devils Brigade?
Utah Veterans of the Devils Brigade have been meeting each year since 1945, in Montana, at the former training facility depicted in the movie, although in the movie, filming took place in Utah, as a stand-in for Montana.