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16th Jul '17 10:26:23 AM nombretomado
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*** One WW2 history I read said that troops of General Luttwitz had even less ammo than the 101st so not needing rescues might be true.

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*** One WW2 [=WW2=] history I read said that troops of General Luttwitz had even less ammo than the 101st so not needing rescues might be true.



* An example that got included in ''Call Of Duty 3'', the Polish defense of Hill 262, Mont Ormel. A combination of YouShallNotPass and LastStand. In the final three days of the WW2 event known as the Falaise Pocket, the Polish armored divisions pushed to take a section of the mountain that would allow them to rain fire down on escaping German troops. As the United States took Chambois, this left Hill 262 as one of the few pathways to escape the pocket. From 19 August 1944 to 21 August, the Germans pushed against the Polish with reckless abandon, and by the night of the 20th, the Polish were exhausted and dangerously low on supplies. The quote below is from their CO, Stefanowicz, as he broke the news to his men. Averted in the end, as [[BigDamnHeroes the Canadians managed to arrive to save the Poles]] by midday on the 21st.

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* An example that got included in ''Call Of Duty 3'', the Polish defense of Hill 262, Mont Ormel. A combination of YouShallNotPass and LastStand. In the final three days of the WW2 [=WW2=] event known as the Falaise Pocket, the Polish armored divisions pushed to take a section of the mountain that would allow them to rain fire down on escaping German troops. As the United States took Chambois, this left Hill 262 as one of the few pathways to escape the pocket. From 19 August 1944 to 21 August, the Germans pushed against the Polish with reckless abandon, and by the night of the 20th, the Polish were exhausted and dangerously low on supplies. The quote below is from their CO, Stefanowicz, as he broke the news to his men. Averted in the end, as [[BigDamnHeroes the Canadians managed to arrive to save the Poles]] by midday on the 21st.
14th Jul '17 10:09:26 PM TheShatterer
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* Then there's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Wizna Battle of Wizna]]. Outnumbered over 58:1, with no tanks or air support, and horribly outgunned, the Polish commander "swore that he would not leave his post alive". And the Polish forces proceeded to inflict remarkably severe casualties upon the Nazis - before, of course, ultimately being annihilated.

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* Then there's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Wizna Battle of Wizna]]. Outnumbered over 58:1, with no tanks or air support, in only half-completed fortifications and horribly outgunned, the Polish commander "swore that he would not leave his post alive". And the Polish forces proceeded to inflict remarkably severe casualties upon the Nazis - before, of course, ultimately being annihilated.


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** The Polish held the Germans for three days, September 7-10. Yes, outnumbered that much, they brought Blitzkrieg to a halt for nearly half a week. And they would have held longer, finally surrendering their last bunkers ''only when they ran out of ammunition.''
7th Jul '17 10:26:18 AM Soran
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**Upped to insanity in a later fanfiction, in it it turns out that Terranis did held out until warpstorms ended, but due to the fact that the legend about it was demoralising other regiments it was intentionally put into the warp by an inquisitor, so it would only stay as a sort-of paradise to Kriegers. It seems that the world is dead and overrun with demons? No. Why? Because orks were so terrified by the legend that Kriegers reincarnate until they earn the honour to join others in Terranis, that this actually starts happening. And because of this Terranis is locked in an eternal last stand in the warp, constantly reinforced by new Kriegers who earned their right to go there.
-->Terranis will hold. Always.
3rd Jul '17 1:46:43 PM Theriocephalus
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* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], Princess Luna does this with her remaining Nightmare forces in the Battle of the Everfree forces. Knowing the war is lost, she personally sits this one out as she orders her armies to take out as many of Celestia's forces as possible. It ends with most of her forces dead or fleeing to be captured later.

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* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', Princess Luna does this with her remaining Nightmare forces in the Battle of the Everfree forces. Knowing the war is lost, she personally sits this one out as she orders her armies to take out as many of Celestia's forces as possible. It ends with most of her forces dead or fleeing to be captured later.



* In the titular future of HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast, when Voldemort is taking over and everything is going to hell, Voldemort's forces mass against Azkaban. Mad-Eye Moody breaks past the sentries and rallies the vastly-outnumbered guards against Voldemort. They held the fortress for twenty-two days, and killed so many of Voldemort's followers that afterwards a captive of the Death Eaters could earn a quick death by shouting "Constant vigilance!" at their captors.

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* In the titular future of HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast, ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast'', when Voldemort is taking over and everything is going to hell, Voldemort's forces mass against Azkaban. Mad-Eye Moody breaks past the sentries and rallies the vastly-outnumbered guards against Voldemort. They held the fortress for twenty-two days, and killed so many of Voldemort's followers that afterwards a captive of the Death Eaters could earn a quick death by shouting "Constant vigilance!" at their captors.



* [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Love_and_Krieg_Spinoffs TERRANIS HOLDS]]. In typical 40K [[UpToEleven fashion]], this story has gone '''far''' beyond a LastStand, with many Krieg insisting Terranis still "holds" after more than a century surrounded by Warp storms ''and'' being engulfed by a Tyranid splinter fleet, and the planet has taken on a religious reverence not just to them, to the extent that it's regarded as part of the afterlife.

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* [[https://1d4chan.''[[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Love_and_Krieg_Spinoffs TERRANIS HOLDS]]. HOLDS]]''. In typical 40K ''40K'' [[UpToEleven fashion]], this story has gone '''far''' beyond a LastStand, with many Krieg insisting Terranis still "holds" after more than a century surrounded by Warp storms ''and'' being engulfed by a Tyranid splinter fleet, and the planet has taken on a religious reverence not just to them, to the extent that it's regarded as part of the afterlife.


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* ''Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony'': In ''The Lunar Rebellion'', the pegasi are noted to have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to be dying.
1st Jul '17 5:09:59 PM nombretomado
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*** According to TheOtherWiki, the last surviving 40 of the 720 Polish soldiers surrendered after being directly ordered by their commanding officer to do so. The commander chose to kill himself rather than surrender his position.

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*** According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the last surviving 40 of the 720 Polish soldiers surrendered after being directly ordered by their commanding officer to do so. The commander chose to kill himself rather than surrender his position.
24th Jun '17 6:06:21 AM Piterpicher
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* A semi-aversion: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rorke%27s_Drift battle of Rorke's drift,]] where 150 ''British'' [[note]] The 2nd/24th didn't become the South Wales Borderers until two years later, and in 1879 mainly recruited from rural England and Ireland regardless of what {{Zulu}} may say.[[/note]] soldiers held off a force of 4,000 Zulus through proper use of fortifications and sheer tenacity. The soldiers inflicted enough casualties on the Zulu warriors to convince them that taking the outpost was unnecessarily costly, and most of the defenders escaped with their lives.

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* A semi-aversion: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rorke%27s_Drift battle of Rorke's drift,]] where 150 ''British'' [[note]] The 2nd/24th didn't become the South Wales Borderers until two years later, and in 1879 mainly recruited from rural England and Ireland regardless of what {{Zulu}} Film/{{Zulu}} may say.[[/note]] soldiers held off a force of 4,000 Zulus through proper use of fortifications and sheer tenacity. The soldiers inflicted enough casualties on the Zulu warriors to convince them that taking the outpost was unnecessarily costly, and most of the defenders escaped with their lives.
11th Jun '17 2:31:37 PM nombretomado
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* The entire ''{{X-Com}}'' series is pretty much about this. The original ''UFO Defence'' game even gave you a terrifying cutscene to show the final fate of Earth, if you get a Game Over.

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* The entire ''{{X-Com}}'' ''VideoGame/XCom'' series is pretty much about this. The original ''UFO Defence'' game even gave you a terrifying cutscene to show the final fate of Earth, if you get a Game Over.
3rd Jun '17 8:21:28 AM Phillibe
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** Basically the entire setting represents a massive, galaxy spanning last stand by the forces of good against the forces of evil, that has been going on for the last ten thousand years.
31st May '17 9:53:22 AM brianify
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** France has its own last stand from the Zulu War, in the form of Louis-Napoléon, only son and heir to then-Emperor Napoleon III. Louis-Napoléon, eager for action, tagged along with the British army and was ambushed while out on patrol by some 40 Zulus. After his horse ran off (trampling his right arm in the process), Louis-Napoléon was cornered and went down fighting with first his pistol, and then with a spear he pulled from his own leg.
21st May '17 2:53:02 PM IsadorLevi
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** The Akkala Citadel, location of the Akkala region's tower, also featured one, that you can find about from a nearby NPC; when Castle Town was destroyed, what was left of the royal army fell back to the citadel to make their last stand against the [[MechaMook Guardians]]. It's evident that they were all killed, but the number of wrecked Guardians strewn all over suggests that they made their killers pay for it.
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