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From my aunt...

A large group of Taliban soldiers are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand-dune say, "One Marine is better than ten Taliban."

The Taliban commander quickly sends 10 of his best soldiers over the dune where upon a gun-battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.

The voice then calls out, "One Marine is better than a hundred Taliban."

Furious, the Taliban commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gun fight commences.. After 10 minutes of battle, again silence.

The Marine voice calls out, "One Marine is better than one thousand Taliban."

The enraged Taliban commander musters a thousand fighters and sends them over the dune. Cannon, rocket, and machine gun fire rings out as a huge battle is fought.

Then silence. Finally one wounded Taliban fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander:

"Don't send any more men. It's a trap. There are two of them!”
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Heard that joke years ago, only it's a member of the British SAS - which being a special forces unit would perhaps be more comparable to saying "One member of Delta Force ..."
Oh, and I think it was something about the Iraqi Army, so it was probably set during the original invasion. As you said, I'm sure it is completely interchangeable depending on where you want to set it - there probably was a version with Green Beret's and Vietcong! ;-)
Well, maybe. It wouldn't work terribly well with muskets though, especially as you could only get off a couple of shots a minute and they were wildly inaccurate anyway. I could maybe see Rebels and Yankees.
Yeah, but 10 v 1 with a bayonet is pretty long odds. It's one thing when you have a repeating rifle or machine gun, and another when you just have a rather large knife - all one guy has to do is keep you tied up for a second and you're a pincushion.