->''"The Germans call them...the Bastards."''
-->-- '''General Fenech''', ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''

Soldiers in a large army may feel rather unimportant being identified as a member of the 103rd [[FunWithAcronyms Orbital Magic Fighter Group]] or the 486th [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Combined Rapid Assault Platoon]] or whatever. To make themselves feel more distinct, they or their commanders come up with a more colourful nickname for TheSquad. This might just remain a private joke, or it may eventually come into use among the higher-ups. In some cases, the name may be officially attached to the squad.

Standard issue for any regiment with a [[MemeticBadass particularly fearsome reputation]].

This has been TruthInTelevision since at least the days of the TheRomanEmpire.

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!!Examples:

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** The Black Tri-Stars from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' may count, though they are a bit small for a squad.
** UC Gundam tended to arrange Mobile Suits in squads of three. See also the White Dingo team in ''Rise from the Ashes".
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'''s Gundam Team of three Gundams, the golden Hyaku Shiki and a giant hoverbike.
** F91 has Zabine Chareux's Black Vanguard squadron.
** Crossbone had the Jupiter Empire's Death Gale squadron, and later the [=ThouCus=] ("Thousand Custom") team.
** Victory has the ill-fated, all-female Shrike Team.
* [[Anime/TurnAGundam Turn A]] has the militia's Jalopy Team, lead by Joseph, and Gavan Gooney's "Suicide Squad" (which is not actually a MeaningfulName).
** Also maybe, Phantom Pain from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' (their official designation is "81st Autonomous Mobile Group").
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'', the ''Diva's'' [=MS=] squad is named after the leader--Woolf and Seric, respectively. On the enemy side we have the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Magicians 8]] in Gen 2 and the Phantom Three in Kio's time.
* All major military units in ''{{Berserk}}'' have nicknames of varying coolness. The Band of the Hawk is the one Guts joins.
* ''PumpkinScissors'': Imperial Army State Section III, aka "Pumpkin Scissors". Rather subversive, seeing as they're a war relief unit, rather than a combat force.
* ''StrikeWitches'': The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. The Blu-ray booklet also elaborates on other joint fighter wings, each with their own nicknames. The 502nd is known as the "Brave Witches," and goes ''further'' with "Break Witches" as an extension of the original nickname due to their penchant for destroying Striker Units. The 503rd is called the "Typhoon Witches"; the 504th "Ardor Witches"; the 505th "Mirage Witches"; the 506th "Noble Witches"; the 507th "Silent Witches"; the 508th "Mighty Witches"...plus "Glorious Witches" for HMW, "Storm Witches" for the Afrikacorps, and "{{Shinigami}}" for Fuso's 42nd Joint Fighter Corps.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' has several:
** First and foremost, the famous Skull Squadron, the most elite Valkyrie pilots of the UN Wars and the Zentraedi War.
** ''Macross M3'' has Max's and Miria's personal squad, the Dancing Skulls.
** ''Macross 7'' had Sound Force, the rather unique squadron made up of members of the band Fire Bomber.
** ''7'' also had the Jamming Birds, an almost [[ButtMonkey completely unsuccessful attempt]] to replicate Sound Force.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The HowlingCommandos in the MarvelUniverse.
* From Marvel's ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' comics, The Wreckers for Autobots and the Mayhem Attack Squad for Decepticons.
* The title team of ''SuicideSquad'' is officially called Task Force X.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' used the Team suffix from ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' to name a three-man team of heroes. Beyond Team Dark (which is the only Sega-canon group formed), there was Team Rose (Amy Rose, Cream and Cheese, and Blaze the Cat), Team Hooligan (Nack the Weasel, Bean the Dynamite Duck and Bark the Polar Bear), Team Fighters (Sonic, Tails and Amy) and Team Freedom (Rotor, Cream and Cheese, Big, Heavy and Bomb)

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The eponymous ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. The 'lesser races' were referred to (even in official documents) as "bastards" by Nazi eugenicists.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The [[CharacterTitle title character]] of ''{{Sharpe}}'' commands the Chosen Men.
** According to the novels, Chosen Man was actually a rank replaced by Corporal in more modern eras.
* The warriors under Tsubodai's command in the ''{{Conqueror}}'' books are referred to as the Young Wolves. Following this lead, Jochi names his tuman the Iron Horse, and decides to refer to Jebe's tuman as the Bearskins, much to the latter's annoyance.
* ''TheWheelOfTime'' has banners such as Edorion's Hammers, Carlomin's Leopards, and Reimon's Eagles among the Band of the Red Hand.
** And there's the Fists of Heaven too
* ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'': '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roughnecks_Starship_Troopers Roughnecks]]'.
** The book and board game mention other units as well, such as "Anton's Apaches" and "Smith's Centaurs". After [[spoiler: Rasczak is KIA]] in the book, a suggestion to rename [[spoiler: Rasczak's Roughnecks]] "Jelly's Jaguars" is shot down by the commander. [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Alliteration is restored]] later on, when it becomes [[spoiler:Rico's Roughnecks]].
* In JimButcher 's ''Literature/CodexAlera'', we have Rufus Scipio's Battlecrows Cohort and the [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Knights Pisces]], which come from an InsultBackfire.
* The ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a bunch of these, like the Bridgeburners and the Bonehunters.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''
** ''Star Wars'' gives us squadron names such as [[XWingSeries Rogue Squadron, Wraith Squadron]], Twin Suns Squadron, the Tierfon Yellow Aces, or the Screaming Wookiee Squadron. The Rebel Alliance seems to eschew numerical designations altogether, and the most generic they get are color-based names (Red Group, Gold Squadron) for ad-hoc starfighter organizations. TheEmpire usually avoids this, or at least we don't hear about it very often, but the 501st Legion Division is commonly known as Vader's Fist. The One-Eighty-First squadron was called the One-Eighty-Worst until Fel shaped it up, at which point it was usually called "One-Eighty-First" in respectful tones, by Imperial and Rebel pilots alike.
** In ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'', the five defecting-but-still-Imperial stormtroopers liberate a spaceport from [[CorruptCop corrupt officials]]. The grateful natives want to know who they are, and the leader of the stormtroopers, who hadn't intended to call attention to them, panics and says "Mostly, we're known as the [[BodyMotifs Hand of Judgment]]" and instantly regrets picking the name. As soon as they're alone, the other four stormtroopers mock him vigorously.
--->'''Quiller:''' You could have just picked a unit number at random. It's not like he could have checked before we got offplanet.\\
'''[=LaRone=]:''' Fine. Next time ''you'' can be the officer and group spokesman.\\
'''Quiller:''' Great. Does that mean you're promoting me from finger to thumb?\\
'''Grave:''' No fair. ''I'' want to be the thumb.
** Speaking of the 501st, it's a ShoutOut from Lucasfilm to one of their most devoted groups of fans: an entire regiment (literally) of {{Cosplay}}ers who show up in Imperial armor or uniform. As for the in-canon 501st, they're the ones Anakin leads in the [[RevengeOfTheSith Jedi Temple massacre]], the [[ANewHope attack on the '''Tantive IV''']], and the [[TheEmpireStrikesBack assault on Hoth]].
* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' gives us the "Ins and Outs" or the "Cheesemongers", named after a story about cheese, a soldier, and a young lady. ''Jingo'' gives us Colon reminiscing on his time in the "[[StealthPun Pheasant Pluckers]]" regiment. Apparently, their official song was a little tough to sing right.
* In the ''AnitaBlake'' book series, the police squad the titular character works with is the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT), nicknamed "Rip It" or simply "The Spook Squad".
* Each of the Wasp Armies in ''ShadowsOfTheApt''- so far we have (in no particular order) the Hive, the Gears, the Barbs and a couple of others I can't remember right now.
* Although not a professional squad, the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' group was nicknamed by Marco. It's short for "Animal Morphers". Or "Idiot teenagers with a death wish." Whichever.
* In the Literature/TortallUniverse, once the Queen's Riders have become established, most Rider Groups have nicknames- for example, the Seventeenth is "Group Askew" and the Sixth is "Thayet's Dogs". The exception is the First Rider Group, which is just called the First.
* From ''{{Literature/Grunts}}'':
--> ''"Sir! Permission to call this squad Black Squad, sir!"''
--> ''"Denied. We already have fifteen Black Squads, twelve Dark Squads, four Raven Squads, three Midnight Squads, one Sable Squad, one Ebony Squad and one," she glanced at a sheet of paper, "Pink Squad. Yes... we're all a little worried about '''Pink''' Squad."''
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lusthog_Squad Lusthog Squad]] from the Vietnam War novels The Short-Timers and The Phantom Blooper by Gustav Hasford. Nickname of the squad was not mentioned in the [[Film/FullMetalJacket film of the first novel]].

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has the Black Omega Squadron of Psi-Corps fighter pilots.
* The ''Wild Cards'' squadron from ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond''
** In the final episode of the series, TheCaptain, at first, orders a different squadron to launch at the incoming Chig fighters. Then belays his first order and instead orders to "deal out the Wild Cards", despite the squadron being on suspension at the time.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' [[TheVerse 'verse]] has groups such as Literature/GauntsGhosts and the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Last_Chancers Last Chancers]] in the Imperial Guard, among others. There's also the numerous chapters of {{Space Marine}}s and legions of Chaos Marines.
** The Ghosts have a double-whammy, as their ''official'' designation is the just-as-badass "Tanith First-And-Only", due to the [[LastOfHisKind wiping out of the rest of their planet]].
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'''s mercenary units (hirable as auxiliaries by any army, unless the unit in question really doesn't like them), known as "Regiments of Renown", all have these, ranging from the descriptive ("the Marksmen of Miragliano") to the poetic ("The Cursed Company", "Menghil's Manflayers").
* ''TechInfantry'' has several, including the Raptors led by Colonel Arthur Clarke, the Red Scorpions, and Alastair Dimiye's Dead Boys Battallion.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Marine squads in ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'' are named after various animals: Badger, Bison, Cobra, Cougar, Eagle, Fox, Grizzly, Kodiak, Raven, Rhino, Scorpion, Viper, Warthog and the Wolf Squads.
* ''StarControl'' has the Black Spathi Squadron who painted their ships black and performed "Acts of daring and near-suicidal heroism." This is from the race whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is DirtyCoward.
* ''AdvanceWars Days of Ruin'': "Brenner's Wolves" for the Rubinelle 12th Batallion.
* The "[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Aggressors]]" and "[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX Cry Wolves]]" in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. Also arguably the ATX and [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha SRX team]] (those were named after projects, however), and the Octo Squad.
* ''{{FreeSpace}} 2'': The "Suicide Kings" (flying [[FragileSpeedster light fighters]] down the barrel of {{Wave Motion Gun}}s), among others. In fact, all squadrons in ''Freespace'' seem to have a name attached to them, some more memorable than others.
** Fan-mod ''Fanfic/{{Derelict}}'' has the player's squad, the 212th Silver Scythes.
** And ''VideoGame/BluePlanet: War in Heaven'' has the protagonist's squad, who get the nickname "the Wargods" among both allies and enemies. There's also the top-secret black ops group known only as "the Fedayeen".
* In ''[[FrontlinesFuelOfWar Frontlines: Fuel of War]]'', the player is part of the 125th Strike Division, known as the "Stray Dogs".
* [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Welkin Gunther]] of Squad 7 tends to call his own squad ''[=7s=]''
* A staple in the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series. Practically every PlayerCharacter will be part of a named squadron with a distinct name, and the enemy squadrons often get a nickname or two:
** The Mercenary Scarface Force (officially: 92nd Special Tactical Fighter Squadron) in ''VideoGame/AirCombat'', ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'', and ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy''.
** The Mobius Squadron, alias "the Ribbons" (officially: 118th Tactical Fighter Wing), and their arch-nemesis the Yellow Squadron, alias Aquila Squadron (officially: 156th Tactical Fighter Wing), in ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies''.
** The Wardog Squadron, alias the Demons/Ghosts of Razgriz (officially: 108th Tactical Fighter Squadron), in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'').
** The Galm Team (officially: 66th Air Force Unit of the 6th Air Division) in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar''. ''Zero'' also takes the cake for featuring ''eleven'' named enemy ace squadrons.
** The Gryphus Squadron (officially: 207th Tactical Fighter Squadron) in ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception''.
** The Garuda Team (officially: 28th Fighter Squadron) in ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation''.
* One trailer for ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' refers to Shepard's team as [[ShoutOut the Dirty Dozen]], although no one in-story ever invokes this. They probably don't have a squad nickname because saying "Shepard's Team" is scarier than anything else you can make up.
* According to some of ''{{Starcraft}}'''s fluff, Jim Raynor once belonged to the 321 Colonial Ranger Battalion, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Heaven's Devils]] (probably a sort of reversal on the Hells Angels' name). The back cover of the art book is the fancy version of their unit emblem, and features TheGrimReaper holding a [[GatlingGood a machine gun]] in one hand, and a [[DropTheHammer hammer]] in the other.
** Their name came from a POW saying "[[ItsRainingMen They fell from the heavens]], and fought like hell to free the Confederate [=POWs=] held deep inside KM territory. No one else could have done it. No one else did. That's how the Heaven's Devils earned their name.
** According to the book ''Heaven's Devils'', young Raynor had his PoweredArmor painted black with a skull on the visor.
* Most of the action in ''Madou Souhei Kleinhasa'' centers around the 502nd Independent Company, aka the Tiger Lilies.
* ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' has plenty of these, especially in its video games. ''FM Alternative'' has the IMAC (Independent Mobile Assault Company), Bamia, Sinsemilla, and the Cerberus Garde; ''FM 2089'' and ''FM 2089-II'' have the Storm Unit, Chariots, and the Vampires; ''FM 1st'' has the Canyon Crows, Hell's Wall, Black Hounds, and the Silver Lynxes; ''[=FM2=]'' has the Muddy Otters, Dull Stags, and the Dark Geese; ''FM Online'' has the Chasm Owls, Iron Hearts, and the Proud Eagles; ''[=FM3=]'' has the Purple Haze and the Wulong; ''[=FM4=]'' has the Durandal and the Blauer Nebel; ''5'' has the Strike Wyverns and the Barghest. ''FM Evolved'' has the Apollo's Chariot; and lastly, ''FM Gun Hazard'' has the Crimson Blow. In the other media, there's the Akatsuki (The Drive), Smile Dogs (Dog Life & Dog Style), and the Strike Eagles (Dog Life & Dog Style).
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' used to have randomly generated squad names, resulting in such classics as "The Washed Bodices" and "The Frilly Corridors".

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The Dragonslayers of the ''WhateleyUniverse''.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Happens from time to time when a group forms, starting with The Intrepid Six in Version 1, The Bloody Fists in V2, SADD in V3, and The Insane Commie Posse, Team Campbell and Team Ego in Version 4.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has a [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/task-forces whole page]] of them.
* Creator/AchievementHunter has a number of nicknames for pairings of the six main guys within their team. The most common is Team Lads, comprised of Ray Narvaez, Jr., Gavin Free and Michael Jones, and Team Gents, comprised of Jack Pattillo, Ryan Haywood and Geoff Ramsey. Other common teams include [[ShipTease Team Nice Dynamite]] (Gavin and Michael), [[SuperpoweredAlterEgo X-Ray and Vav]] (Ray and Gavin), [[LikeASonToMe Plan G]] (Geoff and Gavin), [[MayDecemberRomance the R&R Connection]] (Ryan and Ray), and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Team Same Voice]] (Jack and Ryan).

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''TheSimpsons'': Grandpa Simpson was the commander of the "Fightin' Hellfish" (Or the "Flying Hellfish", depending on the scene.)
* The Joes in ''GIJoe'' don't have an official unit. They are just "G.I. Joes".
-->[[OpeningNarration "G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring, highly trained special mission force."]] That said, I'd say this more or less counts.
* The group of Autobots left on earth in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' are known as Team Prime

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* 617 Squadron of the RoyalAirForce are known as the "Dambusters" for, well, that WorldWarTwo mission. Today they fly Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft.
* The Easy Company of the United States' 101st Airborne Division counts to some degree: the name "Easy" comes from "E Company" spelled in a pre-NATO radio alphabet (it would be nowadays "Echo Company"), but after its major role in the WorldWarTwo and the fame brought by ''BandOfBrothers'', "Easy Company" eventually became their moniker.
** The 101st Airborne as a whole calls itself the "Screaming Eagles" after the eagle on its unit patch.
*** {{Interservice Rivalry}} being what it is, they're also called the [[ADateWithRosiePalms "Chokin' Chickens"]] and "Puking Buzzards"...
** The rival 82nd Airborne Division were known as the "All-Americans," as when the division was originally raised, it was made up of soldiers from each of the then-48 states in the Union (hence the "AA" division patch).
** Another unit patch related nickname is the 1st Infantry Division. It's called "The Big Red One", because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_1st_Infantry_Division_SSI.svg well...]].
* The 332nd Fighter Group of the US Air Force, aka "Tuskegee Airmen", named after its initial home at Tuskegee, Alabama, and famous for being the first African-American fighter squadron.
* "The Flying Circus". [[WeirdAlEffect Monty who?]] I meant the RedBaron's fighter squadron in WorldWarOne...
* "The Rats of Tobruk". During WorldWarTwo, [[AussiesWithArtillery Australian troops]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome managed to halt a blitzkrieg launched by Rommel's Afrika Corps (the first Allied force to do so)]] and [[TheSiege subsequently spent over six months besieged in the city of Tobruk]] in eastern UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}. They survived first by hiding out in their intricate tunnel system and then by going on highly-cooridinated offensives against their besiegers. Nazi radio broadcaster [[PropagandaMachine Lord Haw-Haw]] tried to discourage the defenders by refering to them as "poor desert rats of Tobruk". [[AppropriatedAppellation The Aussies took the name]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rats_of_Tobruk and ran with it.]]
** A similar thing happened with the Scrap Iron Flotilla.
* The British Parachute Regiment are occasionally referred to as the 'Red Devils', in reference to their distinctive scarlet berets, but this seems to have fallen out of use in favour of simply referring to them as 'Paras'.
** It's more usually used now to refer to their display team instead.
* The Royal Marines are sometimes referred to as 'Bootnecks', presumably a reference to a close-fitting leather collar issued to infantry at the turn of the 19th century.
* The U.S. Marines are called 'Leathernecks' for the same reason.[[note]]If you're curious, the purpose of the collar was to protect the neck, particularly from cavalry soldiers.[[/note]] They are also referred to as 'Devil Dogs', Corps legend states this is because during an attack on a German position in WW1 the gas mask wearing Marines began to foam at the mouth from the heat and gas, while the steep hill they had to climb made them clambor up on all fours. Seeing these rabid, four legged figures charging them, the Germans dubbed them 'Teufel Hunden'[[note]]Although it is worth noting, [[ShroudedInMyth there are no German records of this]], [[YouMakeMeSic and they likely would have used 'Teufelshunde' instead.]][[/note]]
* VMF-214 in World War II was known as the 'Black Sheep,' because the squad had essentially been cobbled together by replacements and volunteers and had never trained as a squad before their first combat missions.
** This is pretty much the norm for US Navy and Marine Corps air squadrons. Nicknames exist for practically all squadrons ranging from cool (VF-1 Wolfpack, VFA-154 Black Knights) to absurd (VF-114 Aardvarks).
* 1st Special Service Force: a WW II joint American and Canadian commando force known as The Devil's Brigade.
* The Kaiser, upon hearing that German forces were being held up in France while on their way to Paris, is said to have exclaimed his exasperation of "Sir John French's contemptible little army". This became the name adopted by a good chunk of the british regular army in WWI, "The Old Contemptibles"
* From WorldWarII onwards, the [[YanksWithTanks Eighth Air Force]], which earned the nickname "The Mighty Eighth" for their daylight precision bombing raids over Western Europe throughout the war.
* The [[YanksWithTanks United States]] 42nd Infantry Division, also known as the ''[[FluffyTheTerrible Rainbow Division]]'', so named because when the National Guard was first Federalized for WorldWarOne, they formed the first such division with regiments from twenty-six different states to avoid problems with regional and state politics.
* The US 32nd Infantry Division was named ''Les Terribles'' by their French comrades during WWI.
* The American Volunteer Group, a fighter group assisting China against Japan in the early days of WWII [[BlatantLies with no official support or recognition by the United States Government]] was named "The Flying Tigers" by the Chinese for their ferocity in combat.
* Thanks to downsizing and regiments being merged, the [[BritsWithBattleships British Army]] may actually have more squad nicknames than units. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nicknames_of_British_Army_regiments Most of them]] either have a long history (such as the Diehards, or the Ever-Sworded), or are very bad jokes (the Agile and Bolton Wanderers, or Hell's Last Issue).
* The Soviet WWII 46th and 588th Guard Night Bombers, [[AmazonBrigade all-female regiments]], were known as "The Night Witches". If you don't know, a night bomber is an old WWI-esque wooden bomber that is light enough to glide unpowered for a relatively long time; the pilots used this tactic to stealthily fly above enemy lines after dark. Yes, they were BadAss {{Action Girl}}s that made the Germans actually be afraid of those old pieces of junk.
** After all, the Germans actually gave them that name, ''Nachthexen''.
* The US Second Armored Division was known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Hell On Wheels"]]. Alas, it was deactivated in 1995.
* During WorldWarTwo, one of the most legendary units was the 7th Panzer Division, commanded by ErwinRommel. While the Battle of France was raging, the group earned the nickname "Ghost Division" because of its speed and the fact that nobody seemed to know where it was, not even the German High Command.

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