Against the odds - Heroic last stands
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I've always been particularly interested in battles where one side held out (at least for a while...) against great odds. In many cases, they are noted for heroic last stands.
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Ok, so Matt did the deed and added an Alamo game...

I will stop gripping and add this...
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OK, OK, of course the Alamo belongs here. Any others that are more obscure?
 
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In honour of the few...
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One of the most famous last stands of true bravery and heroics. 300 Spartans hold off King Xerxes Persian Army of 100,000+, including the reknowned Immortals.
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Thermopylae, again.
 
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Who doesn't remember the infamous Battle of Koom Valley, where 8 trolls make their last valliant stand against an overpowering force of 32 dwarfs.
Or as the dwarfs would say, how a heroic dwarven taskforce was able to vanquish those huge, towering brutes.
 
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This one turned into a last-stand situation when the boats were gone. Of about 600 raiders, only 200 made it back, 200 died and 200 became POWs. One of the latter was Stuart Chant-Sempill who wrote a moving account of it in his book "St. Nazaire Commando".
 
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