Reading post 295812 in main thread: Greatest military units of all time
February 25th, 2007  
One book lists the following as being outstanding in their field at their point in history (I cannot remember the source. I may also be missing one group in ancient history.

English Longbowmen
Sarotoga Sharpshooters
U boat crews of WW1 (not WW2)
SS Panzer units WW2

The U boats of WW1 were far nearer at bringing Britain to its knees than in WW2, if these were given priority earlier on they may well have been successful

A few of my own suggestions, which mainly refer to entire races, or a section of the military structure rather than a unit

Spartans (society and training)
Roman Infantry (command and discipline)
Mongolian horsemen (tactics, horsemenship combined with archery skills, simple logistics)
Royal Navy during Napoleonic wars (experience, seamanship)

I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. Frank Lloyd Wright

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