Meet the Devil's Brigade, WWII's original special ops team

CBC's Paul Hunter meets with some of the 14 surviving Canadian members of the WWII Devil's Brigade who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington on Tuesday.

CBC's Paul Hunter speaks with some of the 14 surviving Canadian members of the brigade

Devil's Brigade Veterans in Washington 3:04

Forty-two surviving members of a joint American-Canadian special forces military unit called the Devil's Brigade were honoured with the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday — the highest civilian honour the United States Congress can bestow.

The brigade was an elite special service force during the Second World War. It is so revered that it served as the model for the U.S. Navy SEALS. It also inspired a film in the late 1960s.

The award ceremony took place at Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and was attended by dignitaries from Canada, the U.S. and the military.

CBC's Paul Hunter met with some of the 14 surviving Canadian members of the Devil's Brigade before and after the ceremony.

Watch excerpts of the interviews at the top of this page, or stream the video here.

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