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Elite WWII military unit 'Devil's Brigade' awarded Congressional Gold Medal

A 1944 picture showing members of the Devil's Brigade <br /> near Venafro, Italy. (CP PHOTO/National <br />Archives of Canada)

A 1944 picture showing members of the Devil's Brigade
near Venafro, Italy. (CP PHOTO/National
Archives of Canada)

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The Devil's Brigade was the official First Special Service Force -- an elite joint American-Canadian military unit during the Second World War. Between 1942 and 1944, the powerful, top secret unit fought in some key European battles. They were also the subject of a 1968 Hollywood movie starring William Holden.

And now, almost 70 years after they were disbanded, the veterans of that unit are to be awarded a United States Congressional Gold Medal. 91-year-old Charles Mann, of Kincardine, Ontario, was one of members of the Devil's Brigade. Have a listen to him relive some of those history defining battles.

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