How about Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck. German commander in southern africa (I think it was) in World War 1. Led much larger British and South African forces a merry dance throughout the war with only a small contingent of native troops. There was even an attempt tp resupply him late in the war (1918 ) by zepplin , which unfortunately didn't reach him before the end of the war.
Larger Than Life! Real people who could be pulp heroes.
Posted 18 June 2017 - 05:25 PM
Perhaps more Victorian than Pulp Age, as Michael Surbrook put it, Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (March 19, 1821 - October 20, 1890) was a British explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer, and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke twenty-nine European, Asian, and African languages. One account lists him as being one of the ten best swordsmen of all times. Here is his character sheet and more http://surbrook.deve...cis_burton.html
Also famous for translating "The Karma Sutra" into english.
Posted 25 June 2017 - 07:34 PM
Frank Cannonball Richards a strong man who made a career of being shot by a cannon twice a day.