After the disastrous Battle of Hastings, many Anglo-Saxon nobles went to Byzantium with their retinue and joined the Varangian Guard (an elite personal bodyguard of the Greek emperor comprised of northerners). Left is an early Varangian dressed in his native arms (as a huscarl); at right is a later Varangian in Greek armor - however retaining the signature longaxe and round shield. -DK
The Apache were born warriors - the fiercest and most feared of all American Indian tribes. The Apache defied the odds and fought so ferociously that expansion by Mexico and later the United States slowed to a standstill. More than a century later, Apache tactics were adopted as a combat model for special forces. Apaches used speed, stealth, surprise, distraction, deception and even the land itself as weapons.