Military forces worldwide serve as inspirations for tons of video games. Although many units and forces are not implemented into actual gameplay, the influence from multiple military groups worldwide is very apparent. We’re going to mix things up a bit today and show you some of the world’s most recognizable and dangerous military organizations.
The Polish GROM
A little FYI: The Polish GROM, Poland’s elite counter-terrorism unit, stands for Group (for) Operational Maneuvering Response (Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego). It’s one of the five special operation units that make up the Polish Armed Forces. The unit has been around since 1990.
French Commandos Marine
A little FYI: The French Navy’s special operation forces consist of the Commandos Marine. They were formed in 1942 during WWII, inspired by the British Commandos. The unit is made up of about 600 members. Their training is known for being one of the toughest in the NATO Special Operation Forces.
A little FYI: Kampfschwimmer means “combat swimmer.” They were created once Germany joined NATO back in 1955. They are a part of the German Navy, and they are their only special-purpose force. Alfred von Wurzian, an Austrian Olympic swimmer, helped form the unit, despite his previous experience as an artilleryman.
Taiwanese Special Forces
A little FYI: The masks shown below are made of Kevlar, and they’re rated at Threat level II, which can stop up to a .357 magnum slug.
US Navy SEALs
A little FYI: SEAL stands for sea, air, and land teams. This unit is the United States Navy’s main special operations force. Navy SEALs are often recruited to complete missions for the CIA’s Special Operations Group. The Navy SEALs were originally formed during WWII.
Danish Frogman Corps
A little FYI: This unit falls under the Royal Danish Navy. The Danish Frogman Corps was created back in 1957, modeled after the British SBS (Special Boat Service). Reconnaissance is the main task of the unit, at times they are used for maritime anti-terrorism attacks, sabotaging installations, and attacking enemy ships.
Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command
A little FYI: This unit works closely with the US Army Green Berets. The command also consists of seven special warfare brigades. Primary tasks include counter-terrorism, guerrilla warfare, reconnaissance missions, and unconventional warfare.
Irish Army Ranger Wing
A little FYI: This unit is the elite special forces group of the Irish Defence Forces and was originally formed in 1980. The Army Ranger Wing has served in a number of international peacekeeping missions in various countries such as Kosovo, Somalia, Bosnia, and Liberia. They specialize in hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, and gathering intelligence.
US Delta Force
A little FYI: Counter-terrorism and hostage rescue are a couple of specialties provided by the US Army’s Delta Force. This group of badass soldiers are often used for highly secretive missions given by the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Delta Force also frequents Hollywood films. The unforgettable film Black Hawk Down is centered around Delta Force, and 2004’s The Punisher portrays Frank Castle as an ex Delta Force soldier.
British Special Air Service (SAS)
A little FYI: The SAS was formed back in 1941as a regiment, then later as a corps in 1950. The unit specializes in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, intelligence gathering, and covert reconnaissance. It serves as a special forces unit of the British Army.
A little FYI: The FSK (Armed Forces Special Command) was created in 1982 and is a special operations unit of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. The FSK was formed due to the increased risk of terrorism against Norwegian interests, such as oil platforms in the Red Sea.
Indian Black Cat Commandos
A little FYI: The Black Cat Commandos’ official name is the National Security Guard, but they are called the Black Cats due to their black uniforms and black cat insignia that appears on it. The Commandos operate under the Ministry of Home Affairs in India. They handle tasks such as VIP security.
US Army Green Berets
A little FYI: The US Army Special Forces is often call the Green Berets due to their recognizable headgear. They have five primary missions, which include foreign internal defense, direct action, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, and counter-terrorism. One of John Wayne’s most recognizable films is The Green Berets, which required him to ask President Lyndon Johnson to assist him in obtaining the Pentagon’s cooperation in filming the movie.
Tanzanian Special Forces
A little FYI: Tanzania People’s Defence Force was established in 1964 when their former military force, the Tanganyika Rifles, created mutiny. The main mission of the Force is to defend Tanzania and anything Tanzanian.
Special Forces of Iran (Quds Force)
A little FYI: The Quds Force serves directly under the Supreme Leader of Iran and was created during the Iran-Iraq War. The Quds Force has been named as supporting terrorism by the United States since 2007.
A little FYI: This armed police force under Serbia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and created in 2001. The Gendarmery has both civilian and military duties. They also secure the “Ground Safety Zone” with Kosovo. From 1860 to 1920 a previous unit was in existence.