It's amazing the difference one determined person can make, even against the most impossible odds.
On this day in 1945, a lone Private in the Canadian Army, Leo Major, made military history by becoming the only Allied soldier to liberate, by himself, a city from the Nazis. He had been sent, along with his friend, Willie Arsenault, to scout the city of Zwolle, in the Netherlands, to identify artillery targets and enemy numbers. The pair decided to attempt to take the city themselves, so as to avoid substantial civilian casualties and minimize damage to the city.
Arsenault was spotted and shot dead by the Germans. Major killed a few of them, gathered some extra weapons, grenades and ammunition, and went on a rampage. Capturing and killing enemy troops, as well as causing others to flee his terrible wrath, he tore through the city like a hurricane. He burned down the Gestapo headquarters, raided the SS office and got in a gunfight with 8 SS officers. Half of them died, half of them fled.
Major continued his against-all-odds assault, creating so much noise and gunfire, and creating so many dead bodies and explosions, that the Germans thought that the city was being overrun by vastly superior forces. Panicked, with their forces decimated and scattered, the few remaining Nazis fled the city.
By dawn of April 14, Leo Major had freed 50,000 Dutch citizens from the terror of the Third Reich, having single-handedly overthrown a garrison of hundreds in a matter of hours and capturing several dozen enemy soldiers. Thousands of innocent people as well as historical buildings and the city's infrastructure were saved from the artillery barrage and invasion planned for that morning, as well as from further injury by the Nazis, particularly the SS.
He did this with just one eye, and only two months after being blown up, in the process breaking both ankles, 4 ribs and his spine in 3 places, and then leaving the military hospital to avoid being transferred home. He would later go on in the Korean War to lead 19 Canadians to victory over tens of thousands of Chinese, re-capturing a position from them and withstanding their counter assault for three days, until additional Allied Forces could assist them. Leo Major: slayer of Nazis, savior of Zwolle, god of war, and a genuine hero.
Tim Tebow? Yeah, he just plays football and talks to imaginary friends in front of millions of credulous people.
Edit:Deleted an extra word in the first sentence.