Victory or death

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"Victory or death" and its equivalents, is used as a motto or battle cry.

  • The Bedford Flag, possibly the oldest extant battle flag of the American Revolution, bears the motto Vincere nel mori ("To conquer or die")
  • Before Washington's crossing of the Delaware River at the Battle of Trenton in 1776, "Victory" was the password and "Or Death" was the response.
  • The Maniots used "Victory or Death" as their motto when they joined the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.
  • The letter written "To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World" during the Battle of the Alamo (1836), ends with "Victory or Death!".
  • Adolf Hitler gave the order "Victory or Death" twice:
  • The 32nd Armor Regiment of the United States Army has the motto "Victory or Death" .
    • The 1960 film G.I. Blues features the regimental emblem as Elvis Presley had served with them in 1958–60.
    • The 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off features a black beret bearing the regiment's emblem.
    • Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses has the regiment's emblem and motto tattooed on his left arm.
  • The 442 Field Artillery Battalion of the US Army have the motto Victoria laeta aut mors ("Glorious victory or death")
  • The Chilean Navy has the motto Vencer o Morir ("Conquer or Die").
  • It was used as a battle cry in medieval Muslim battles and conquests.

Heraldic motto[edit]

It is given as the translation of the heraldic motto of several Irish clans and Scottish clans :

The Irish clan Murphy of Wexford and Cork uses Vincere nel mori ("To conquer or die")

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