15 of History’s Most Badass People

by Johnny Webber

1. Cincinnatus – An invasion caused him to be called to serve as Rome’s dicatator. Two weeks later, after defeating the rival tribes, he resigned the office to return to his farm.

2. Jack Churchill – He fought in WWII using a longbow and broadsword.

3. Adrian Carton de Wiart – Served in three wars. He was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a POW camp; and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Describing his experiences in World War I, he wrote, “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

4. William E. Fairbairn – The inspiration for the Q branch in James Bond and the creator of Defendu.

5. Sara Ganim – A Pulitzer Prize winner for breaking the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at the age of 24.

6. Lyudmila Pavlichenko – The most successful female sniper in history with 309 kills.

7. Doris Miller – A Navy cook who took up arms during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

8. Joseph D. Pistone – An FBI agent who worked undercover for six years infiltrating the Bonanno crime family.

9. John Muir – The father of the national parks and an inspiration to all explorers.

10. Galvarino – A Mapuche warrior who fought against his former captors with knives attached to his mutilated wrists.

11. Audie Murphy – An American soldier who single-handedly held off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour, then lead a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.

12. Witold Pilecki – The founder of the Secret Polish Army, he volunteered to get imprisoned in Auschwitz to gather intelligence then escaped after three years of imprisonment.

13. Jonathan R. Davis – He single-handedly killed eleven outlaws using two Colt revolvers and a Bowie knife.

14. Matthew Gaines – Former slave turned Texas State Senator and advocate for free education.

15. Aitzaz Hasan – A Pakistani schoolboy who sacrificed his life stopping a suicide bomber from entering his school.

15 of History’s Most Badass People