History HeroicSacrifice / RealLife

24th Jul '17 2:08:27 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* On August 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. One of those killed was Paul Eickstadt, a 51-year-old truck driver. How? Just as the roadway fell out, he swerved his truck to make room for a passing school bus. His truck [[http://media.jrn.com/images/a1bus17a-01_4759671_ver1.0_640_480.jpg formed a support for the collapsing bridge]]. He was killed in the fiery explosion, but everyone on the bus, including 51 children, survived.

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* On August 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. One of those killed was Paul Eickstadt, a 51-year-old truck driver. How? Just as the roadway fell out, he swerved his truck to make room for a passing school bus. His truck [[http://media.jrn.com/images/a1bus17a-01_4759671_ver1.0_640_480.jpg formed a support for the collapsing bridge]]. He was killed in the fiery explosion, but everyone bus, ensuring he wouldn't crash into it. Everyone on the bus, including 51 children, survived.
24th Jul '17 1:56:59 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a grisly fate of being crushed, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.

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* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a grisly fate of being crushed, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.collapsed.
* On August 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. One of those killed was Paul Eickstadt, a 51-year-old truck driver. How? Just as the roadway fell out, he swerved his truck to make room for a passing school bus. His truck [[http://media.jrn.com/images/a1bus17a-01_4759671_ver1.0_640_480.jpg formed a support for the collapsing bridge]]. He was killed in the fiery explosion, but everyone on the bus, including 51 children, survived.
23rd Jul '17 9:36:12 PM noelwym
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietro_Micca Pietro Micca]], a Piedmontese soldier. In 1706, during the Siege of Turin, some French soldiers tried to get into the tunnel network that protected the citadel; Micca and a comrade barred a door in their faces, then Micca sent away his fellow soldier and lit a very short fuse near to a prepared charge to collapse the steps that led towards the citadel, before following him, well knowing that he likely couldn't get far enough to escape the shockwave or the resulting poisonous gases. He died, but the French soldiers were all killed or injured, and the citadel held until the siege was lifted.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietro_Micca Pietro Micca]], a Piedmontese soldier. In 1706, during the Siege of Turin, some French soldiers tried to get into the tunnel network that protected the citadel; Micca and a comrade barred a door in their faces, then Micca sent away his fellow soldier and lit a very short fuse near to a prepared charge to collapse the steps that led towards the citadel, before following him, well knowing that he likely couldn't get far enough to escape the shockwave or the resulting poisonous gases. He died, but the French soldiers were all killed or injured, and the citadel held until the siege was lifted.lifted.
* Despite the knowledge that she was about to be subjected to a grisly fate of being crushed, in her final moments, Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old mother [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33672037]] managed to push her child away to safety as the escalator panel beneath her collapsed.
9th Jul '17 8:44:05 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe]] was a Polish Catholic priest who first was a missionary and thus went WalkingTheEarth for years. During WorldWarII, this BadassPreacher was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp for openly speaking out against the Nazi regime through noth a newspaper and a private radio station, and sheltering (among others) 2,000 Jews. He willingly went into the hunger bunker in place of of another prisoner, a Polish woodworker who had a wife and kids; he continued to calmly celebrate Holy Mass in the cell for the other prisoners, and was finally killed by a fatal injection of phenol after all the other prisoners had already died of starvation. He was made a saint on October 10 1982 by Pope John Paul II, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and the man whose life he saved was there.]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe]] was a Polish Catholic priest who first was a missionary and thus went WalkingTheEarth for years. During WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, this BadassPreacher was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp for openly speaking out against the Nazi regime through noth a newspaper and a private radio station, and sheltering (among others) 2,000 Jews. He willingly went into the hunger bunker in place of of another prisoner, a Polish woodworker who had a wife and kids; he continued to calmly celebrate Holy Mass in the cell for the other prisoners, and was finally killed by a fatal injection of phenol after all the other prisoners had already died of starvation. He was made a saint on October 10 1982 by Pope John Paul II, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and the man whose life he saved was there.]]



* The 9th and 12th Armies of the Wehrmacht during the Battle of Halbe, WorldWarTwo. High turnover during 1944 meant that only the mid-level and senior officers in those armies had actually committed War Crimes against enemy civilians and POW, and so most of the rank-and-file of those armies had actually only killed a small number (if any) of either. Two decimated Armies standing against far superior Soviet forces, these units held the line in the Battle of Halbe to provide a corridor for refugees across the Elbe so they could surrender to the US instead of the Soviets. The Soviets nominally had about 200,000 soldiers arrayed against the roughly 50,000 men of the 9th and 12th Armies, who believed they were keeping the maybe 160,000 civilian refugees from being exterminated (this was not actual policy, though in practice they would almost certainly have been robbed and some may even have been sexually assaulted by some of the Red Army's less-disciplined logistics troops). Specifically, the young General Walther Wencke was said to have eschewed his final orders from (now dead) German high command and instead ordered his men to create a corridor to allow wounded soldiers and civilians to escape. Witnesses said he was nearly the last one to cross the river. In the aftermath, 30 000 German soldiers were dead (and 10,000 civilians), 120,000 soldiers and civilians were captured by the Soviets, and over 30,000 Germans had managed to escape across Elbe with all their valuables to start a new life in The West. Walther Wencke was later taken prisoner and released in 1947 and ultimately died in a car crash in 1987.

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* The 9th and 12th Armies of the Wehrmacht during the Battle of Halbe, WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. High turnover during 1944 meant that only the mid-level and senior officers in those armies had actually committed War Crimes against enemy civilians and POW, and so most of the rank-and-file of those armies had actually only killed a small number (if any) of either. Two decimated Armies standing against far superior Soviet forces, these units held the line in the Battle of Halbe to provide a corridor for refugees across the Elbe so they could surrender to the US instead of the Soviets. The Soviets nominally had about 200,000 soldiers arrayed against the roughly 50,000 men of the 9th and 12th Armies, who believed they were keeping the maybe 160,000 civilian refugees from being exterminated (this was not actual policy, though in practice they would almost certainly have been robbed and some may even have been sexually assaulted by some of the Red Army's less-disciplined logistics troops). Specifically, the young General Walther Wencke was said to have eschewed his final orders from (now dead) German high command and instead ordered his men to create a corridor to allow wounded soldiers and civilians to escape. Witnesses said he was nearly the last one to cross the river. In the aftermath, 30 000 German soldiers were dead (and 10,000 civilians), 120,000 soldiers and civilians were captured by the Soviets, and over 30,000 Germans had managed to escape across Elbe with all their valuables to start a new life in The West. Walther Wencke was later taken prisoner and released in 1947 and ultimately died in a car crash in 1987.
8th Jul '17 9:30:04 AM nombretomado
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* The destroyers and planes of US task force "Taffy 3" in the Battle off Samar definitely count. With the main bulk of Admiral Halsey's fleet off chasing a Japanese decoy fleet, the only things left to protect the six escort carriers of Taffy 3 were three destroyers and four destroyer escorts. As luck would have it, a Japanese center force consisting of ''4 battleships, eight cruisers, and '''eleven''' destroyers'' stumbled across the small group. To protect the vital escort carriers from the Japanese guns, the destroyers and destroyer escorts literally positioned themselves between the carriers and the Japanese, and closed in to point blank range of the massive ships to release torpedoes and rake their sides with cannon fire, since their smaller guns were ineffective for firing at range due to the Japanese armor thickness. In the air, the carriers' planes took off to attack the ships with everything they had, which included, according to TheOtherWiki, strafing, bombing, rocketing, depth-charging, and at least one pilot ''drawing his revolver firing at the ship'' when he ran out of ammunition. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, and losing two of their three destroyers along with two escort carriers, Taffy 3 fought with such ferocity that the Japanese fleet was forced to disengage, but not before one of the Japanese captains [[WorthyOpponent saluted]] the American sailors for their bravery.

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* The destroyers and planes of US task force "Taffy 3" in the Battle off Samar definitely count. With the main bulk of Admiral Halsey's fleet off chasing a Japanese decoy fleet, the only things left to protect the six escort carriers of Taffy 3 were three destroyers and four destroyer escorts. As luck would have it, a Japanese center force consisting of ''4 battleships, eight cruisers, and '''eleven''' destroyers'' stumbled across the small group. To protect the vital escort carriers from the Japanese guns, the destroyers and destroyer escorts literally positioned themselves between the carriers and the Japanese, and closed in to point blank range of the massive ships to release torpedoes and rake their sides with cannon fire, since their smaller guns were ineffective for firing at range due to the Japanese armor thickness. In the air, the carriers' planes took off to attack the ships with everything they had, which included, according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, strafing, bombing, rocketing, depth-charging, and at least one pilot ''drawing his revolver firing at the ship'' when he ran out of ammunition. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, and losing two of their three destroyers along with two escort carriers, Taffy 3 fought with such ferocity that the Japanese fleet was forced to disengage, but not before one of the Japanese captains [[WorthyOpponent saluted]] the American sailors for their bravery.
16th May '17 12:52:15 PM OsaruSensei
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tQ4pHfcNm8]] Sabaton even wrote a song about it.

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* ** Sabaton even wrote [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tQ4pHfcNm8]] Sabaton even wrote com/watch?v=_uk2NeKBG5A a song song]] about it.
15th May '17 7:30:33 AM Jake18
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* [[BadassBookworm Prof. Liviu Librescu.]] During the Virginia Tech massacre, [[YouShallNotPass he held the door of his classroom shut]], allowing most of his students escape. [[MadeOfIron He was shot through the door five times]] before finally succumbing to a shot to the head.

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* [[BadassBookworm Prof. Liviu Librescu.]] During the Virginia Tech massacre, [[YouShallNotPass he held the door of his classroom shut]], allowing most of his students to escape. [[MadeOfIron He was shot through the door five times]] before finally succumbing to a shot to the head.
14th Apr '17 12:20:32 AM karategal
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** John P. O'Neill, the FBI Officer who had led the investigation into Al-Quaeda after the USS ''Cole'' bombing and then got a job at the WTC went back into the building (after helping evacuate the daycare centre) to help anyone still alive. He was never seen again.

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** John P. O'Neill, the FBI Officer who had led the investigation into Al-Quaeda Al-Qaeda after the USS ''Cole'' bombing and then got a job at the WTC went back into the building (after helping evacuate the daycare centre) to help anyone still alive. He was never seen again.



* When the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed and sank in 1915, wealthy businessman Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt gave up his life jacket to a woman with a baby, and was last seen buckling her into it. He did this knowing that he could not swim and would surely die.

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* When the RMS Lusitania ''Lusitania'' was torpedoed and sank in 1915, wealthy businessman Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt gave up his life jacket to a woman with a baby, and was last seen buckling her into it. He did this knowing that he could not swim and would surely die.



* In 1944, [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060704165450/http:/www.house.gov/sherman/press_room/press/pr_020501_medalofhonor.htm Ben L. Salomon]], an American dentist of Jewish background, was working to treat his patients at a field hospital in Saipan when a troop of Japanese soldiers invaded. When they started to kill people inside, Salomon decided to let the Japanese know that they messed with the wrong person and ordered every innocent person, both healthy and wounded, to leave as he stayed to [[TakingYouWithMe take out up to 100 enemy soliders]] before [[DyingMomentOfAwesome dying of the injuries he got in the fight]].

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* In 1944, [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060704165450/http:/www.house.gov/sherman/press_room/press/pr_020501_medalofhonor.htm Ben L. Salomon]], an American dentist of Jewish background, was working to treat his patients at a field hospital in Saipan when a troop of Japanese soldiers invaded. When they started to kill people inside, Salomon decided to let the Japanese know that they messed with the wrong person and ordered every innocent person, both healthy and wounded, to leave as he stayed to [[TakingYouWithMe take out up to 100 enemy soliders]] soldiers]] before [[DyingMomentOfAwesome dying of the injuries he got in the fight]].



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neerja_Bhanot Neerja Bhanot]], an Indian flight attendant, was the senior flight purser on Pan Am [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_73 Flight 73]], a flight that was hijacked by terrorists. The terrorists ordered Neerja to collect all of the passenger's passports of all the passengers so that they could identify the Americans. Neerja and her fellow flight attendants hid all of the American's passports so that they could be spared. After the hijackers opened fire, Neerja helped passengers escaped and lost her life shielding three children from a hail of bullets; not only were these children saved, so were the lives of hundreds of other passengers. For her heroics, Neerja became the youngest person to receive the esteemed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashok_Chakra_Award Ashok Chakra Award]] (India's most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time) and her parents sent up trust that presents two awards a year to worthy applicants.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neerja_Bhanot Neerja Bhanot]], an Indian flight attendant, was the senior flight purser on Pan Am [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_73 Flight 73]], a flight that was hijacked by terrorists. The terrorists ordered Neerja to collect all of the passenger's passengers' passports of all the passengers so that they could identify the Americans. Neerja and her fellow flight attendants hid all of the American's passports so that they could be spared. After the hijackers opened fire, Neerja helped passengers escaped escape and lost her life shielding three children from a hail of bullets; not only were these children saved, so were the lives of hundreds of other passengers. For her heroics, Neerja became the youngest person to receive the esteemed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashok_Chakra_Award Ashok Chakra Award]] (India's most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time) and her parents sent set up a trust that presents two awards a year to worthy applicants.



* The 9th and 12th Armies of the Wehrmacht during the Battle of Halbe, WorldWarTwo. High turnover during 1944 meant that only the mid-level and senior officers in those armies had actually committed War Crimes against enemy civilians and POW, and so most of the rank-and-file of thoese armies had actually only killed a small number (if any) of either. Two decimated Armies standing against far superior Soviet forces, these units held the line in the Battle of Halbe to provide a corridor for refugees across the Elbe so they could surrender to the US instead of the Soviets. The Soviets nominally had about 200,000 soldiers arrayed against the roughly 50,000 men of the 9th and 12th Armies, who believed they were keeping the maybe 160,000 civilian refugees from being exterminated (this was not actual policy, though in practice they would almost certainly have been robbed and some may even have been sexually assaulted by some of the Red Army's less-disciplined logistics troops). Specifically, the young General Walther Wencke was said to have eschewed his final orders from (now dead) German high command and instead ordered his men to create a corridor to allow wounded soldiers and civilians to escape. Witnesses said he was nearly the last one to cross the river. In the aftermath, 30 000 German soldiers were dead (and 10,000 civilians), 120,000 soldiers and civilians were captured by the Soviets, and over 30,000 Germans had managed to escape across Elbe with all their valuables to start a new life in The West. Walther Wencke was later taken prisoner and released in 1947 and ultimately died in a car crash in 1987.

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* The 9th and 12th Armies of the Wehrmacht during the Battle of Halbe, WorldWarTwo. High turnover during 1944 meant that only the mid-level and senior officers in those armies had actually committed War Crimes against enemy civilians and POW, and so most of the rank-and-file of thoese those armies had actually only killed a small number (if any) of either. Two decimated Armies standing against far superior Soviet forces, these units held the line in the Battle of Halbe to provide a corridor for refugees across the Elbe so they could surrender to the US instead of the Soviets. The Soviets nominally had about 200,000 soldiers arrayed against the roughly 50,000 men of the 9th and 12th Armies, who believed they were keeping the maybe 160,000 civilian refugees from being exterminated (this was not actual policy, though in practice they would almost certainly have been robbed and some may even have been sexually assaulted by some of the Red Army's less-disciplined logistics troops). Specifically, the young General Walther Wencke was said to have eschewed his final orders from (now dead) German high command and instead ordered his men to create a corridor to allow wounded soldiers and civilians to escape. Witnesses said he was nearly the last one to cross the river. In the aftermath, 30 000 German soldiers were dead (and 10,000 civilians), 120,000 soldiers and civilians were captured by the Soviets, and over 30,000 Germans had managed to escape across Elbe with all their valuables to start a new life in The West. Walther Wencke was later taken prisoner and released in 1947 and ultimately died in a car crash in 1987.
13th Apr '17 11:59:21 PM karategal
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* A group Heroic Sacrifice - [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome United Flight 93]] on [[TearJerker September 11th]]. After learning that three other planes had been used as weapons against thousands, [[BadAssBystander passengers]] [[YouShallNotPass assaulted their hijackers]], [[TakingYouWithMe knowing it would probably lead to their deaths]]. [[EverybodyDies It did]], but [[BittersweetEnding countless lives were saved]] at wherever the intended target site was (according to captured al-Qaeda members, it was most likely the U.S. Capitol). Various cell phone calls to loved ones indicate that [[DeathIsTheOnlyOption the passengers knew exactly what they were doing and there was no chance of surviving.]]

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* A group Heroic Sacrifice - -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome United Flight 93]] on [[TearJerker September 11th]]. After learning that three other planes had been used as weapons against thousands, [[BadAssBystander passengers]] [[YouShallNotPass assaulted their hijackers]], [[TakingYouWithMe knowing it would probably lead to their deaths]]. [[EverybodyDies It did]], but [[BittersweetEnding countless lives were saved]] at wherever the intended target site was (according to captured al-Qaeda members, it was most likely the U.S. Capitol). Various cell phone calls to loved ones indicate that [[DeathIsTheOnlyOption the passengers knew exactly what they were doing and there was no chance of surviving.]]



** During the disaster, radioactive material fell into the bubbler pools that served as cooling reservoirs for the reactor, resulting in the water becoming hot and leading to fears of another steam explosion. The pools had to be drained, but due to the loss of electrical power, the sluice gates had to be opened manually. Engineers Alexei Ananenko, Boris Baranov, and Valeriy Bezpalov, volunteered to go into the irradiated and near boiling water, wearing diving suits (which could bear the temperature but offered about as much radiation resistance as a mankini) and open the gates. Did we mention - due to the loss of power, the water was ''pitch-black'' and their only light failed. Despite being weighed down by their enormous balls, they managed to open the gate. The returned to the surface and died within hours of radiation poisoning, as they knew they would.

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** During the disaster, radioactive material fell into the bubbler pools that served as cooling reservoirs for the reactor, resulting in the water becoming hot and leading to fears of another steam explosion. The pools had to be drained, but due to the loss of electrical power, the sluice gates had to be opened manually. Engineers Alexei Ananenko, Boris Baranov, and Valeriy Bezpalov, Bezpalov volunteered to go into the irradiated and near boiling water, wearing diving suits (which could bear the temperature but offered about as much radiation resistance as a mankini) and open the gates. Did we mention - -- due to the loss of power, the water was ''pitch-black'' and their only light failed. Despite being weighed down by their enormous balls, they managed to open the gate. The They returned to the surface and died within hours of radiation poisoning, as they knew they would.



** Tô Vĩnh Diện and several other soldiers were in charge of hauling a cannon in the Điện Biên Phủ valley, for the battle of the same name. Due to the terrain, they lost their grip on the cannon and it slipped, careening dangerously out of control. Diện proceeded to let go and fling himself under the wheels of the cannon, slowing it down enough for the others to stop the cannon altogether. His last words were used to ask whether the cannon was alright. (Those cannons were actually crucial in winning the battle - and the wars - because the French were taken by surprise, as they thought the terrain would prove impossible for the Vietnamese to bring the cannons in and pull a BigDamnHeroes moment.)

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** Tô Vĩnh Diện and several other soldiers were in charge of hauling a cannon in the Điện Biên Phủ valley, for the battle of the same name. Due to the terrain, they lost their grip on the cannon and it slipped, careening dangerously out of control. Diện proceeded to let go and fling himself under the wheels of the cannon, slowing it down enough for the others to stop the cannon altogether. His last words were used to ask whether the cannon was alright. (Those cannons were actually crucial in winning the battle - -- and the wars - -- because the French were taken by surprise, as they thought the terrain would prove impossible for the Vietnamese to bring the cannons in and pull a BigDamnHeroes moment.)
5th Mar '17 2:36:43 AM ItalianRailfan
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* After a female Octopus lays her eggs, [[MamaBear she will stand guard over them for their entire 53-month-long incubation period.]] She won't even leave to find food and will instead resort to [[{{Autocannibalism}} eating one or more of her own arms.]] By the time they hatch, she's on the cusp of starvation.

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* After a female Octopus lays her eggs, [[MamaBear she will stand guard over them for their entire 53-month-long incubation period.]] She won't even leave to find food and will instead resort to [[{{Autocannibalism}} eating one or more of her own arms.]] By the time they hatch, she's on the cusp of starvation.starvation.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietro_Micca Pietro Micca]], a Piedmontese soldier. In 1706, during the Siege of Turin, some French soldiers tried to get into the tunnel network that protected the citadel; Micca and a comrade barred a door in their faces, then Micca sent away his fellow soldier and lit a very short fuse near to a prepared charge to collapse the steps that led towards the citadel, before following him, well knowing that he likely couldn't get far enough to escape the shockwave or the resulting poisonous gases. He died, but the French soldiers were all killed or injured, and the citadel held until the siege was lifted.
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