How America Learned to Fight Dirty

How America Learned to Fight Dirty

Get your SPECIAL OFFER for MagellanTV here: It’s an exclusive opportunity for our viewers! Start your free trial today. MagellanTV is a new kind of streaming service run by filmmakers with 3,000+ documentaries! Check out more videos from MagellanTV’s War and Military playlists:


While fighting the Japanese during World War II, the Americans believed that their enemies had skillful martial arts expertise and guarded cultural secrets in their fighting style.

The military then sought help from several martial artists such as boxers, wrestlers, and even knife-fighters, to teach hand-to-hand combat to American soldiers.

Still, there was one eccentric personality that stood out among them: François D’Eliscu. Both a piercing intellectual and a fierce warrior, D’Eliscu’s mentality changed the way soldiers trained in the US.

He once wrote: “Our enemies have been toughened, seasoned, and experienced to jungle fighting for a long time. They have been preparing for war – we have been enjoying a Utopian peace of mind. […] The French learned this too late.”

– As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. –


Like it? Share with your friends!


What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
confused confused
fail fail
fun fun
geeky geeky
love love
lol lol
omg omg
win win
Dark Docs

Dark Docs


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. The turkey narrating this is constantly out of breath , what the hell is he doing at the same time as he is talking.? Wonder if he finds this stuff sexually arousing ?

  2. We were taught some of his garotte methods while serving in the army in 1983. Some were so simplistic that even a soldier with basic fitness and working at half capacity could get results.

  3. In most close quarter combat scenarios one US Marine trained in such vicious hand to hand tactics would be the equal of 2 or even 3 elite & seasoned Waffen SS troops who fought along the Eastern Front!

  4. And now we have crt, endless sensitivity classes on women’s rights gay rights and zero training on killing the enemy. We are fucked in the next major war we get into with an army worth a shit.

  5. Is the historynet and MHQ article of Patrick J. Kiger connected to you, since you read it word for word with a few infos left out making 1600 injuries on record into 'in the thousands'.

  6. "Fighting dirty" lets see here revolutionary war lets put a 12yo in a tree with a long range squirrel gun and have him shoot the highest ranking officer he can find. Do you really think we would have become a country if we would have played by 1770s battle rules? They out numbered us 100 to 1…

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
The Classic Internet Listicles
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Youtube and Vimeo Embeds
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Photo or GIF
GIF format