Wednesday 12 July 2023


"If soldiers go to war they should conquer or die." The motto of the documented all-female official front-line combat arms military unit in modern history. Feared throughout Western Africa for over 250 years, ( 1645-1894) not only for their fanatical devotion to battle, but for their utter refusal to back down or retreat from any fight unless expressly ordered to do so by their King.

The Dahomey King's body guards, known as the Warrior Women Of Dahomey, went through intense physical training that far exceeded anything the male soldiers were willing to undertake. They wrestled, fought, and underwent grueling calisthenics and brutally-long runs on a daily basis. They climbed a thirty-foot wall lined with thorny brambles without showing pain.

Recruits were sent into the woods with just a machete and told to survive for nine days. They trained for live-fire exercises by arming enemy prisoners of war with clubs, positioning them behind a stockade, and then assaulting it and killing everyone they could catch.

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