You probably don’t know his name, but Birger Stromsheim is one of history’s biggest badasses. Just last month he passed away at the vivacious age of 101, but he certainly left behind some epic stories.
In 1943, during WWII, Stromsheim worked as a spy for the Special Operations Executive a precursor to what we have come to know as the CIA. Basically, the guy was part of a group of 6 men who were responsible for infiltrating and blowing up a huge Nazi facility where a crucial component to a nuclear weapon was being built.
It seemed like a suicide mission, since another team had already made an attempt and failed, but Stromsheim and company, who were equipped with explosives and skis, managed to succeed in honor of their fallen brethren. Without so much as a shot being fired, the men made it in and then escaped before the Nazis could even figure out that it happened.
So, no matter how hard you try, your obituary will be nowhere near as cool as Birger Stromsheim’s. Keep reading for even more historical badasses…