In 1866, only a year after the Civil War, a group of over 700 Irish Civil War Veterans launched an attack on British held Canada. Had it not been for the quick arrival of 700 British regulars, they might have taken the Canadian Fort at Campobello Island just north of Maine. The Fenian Brotherhood, as the Irish soldiers were known, launched at least 6 more raids into Canada over the next five years, but why would the Irish attack Canada?
Back in the early 1900s, newspapers, parents, and universities were calling for the sport to be banned altogether. A German newspaper even reported that in one game players died and lost eyes in the midst of the violence. Others compared players to Roman Gladiators. All the reports of violence almost killed football.
On November 2, 1932, Australian troops were deployed to West Australia to assist the farmers against the enemy emus. They brought with them two Lewis machine guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition. Surely the emus were no match for the latest and greatest warfare technology. Spoiler: the emus won.
The Iroquois men would gear up and would ambush a neighboring tribe, capturing as many individuals as they could and then bring the captives back home. The captives would be stripped, often tortured or burned to test their will, and then the tribe would determine if they would be adopted into the tribe or ritually killed. In some cases, captives might be made to run a gauntlet. Tribe members would line up across from each other brandishing sticks or clubs and would strike blows to the captives as they ran through the line.
These sudden decimations of men from the same school, village, or region left entire communities back in Britain devastated. The psychological trauma would live on for some time. Due to the terrible effects of the Pals Battalions, they were all but disbanded by 1917.
During the crossing of the Delaware, the password for any landing Americans was "Victory or Death." Washington may have realized that this was his one real chance to turn the tide of the war.