Victory or death
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Victory or death and its equivalents, is used as a motto or battle cry :
- It is given as the translation of the heraldic motto of several Scottish clans :
- And also the Irish clan :
- Clan Murphy of Wexford and Cork - Vincere nel mori ("To conquer or die")
- 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 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.
- In Mass Effect the Krogan word "korbal" is roughly translated to "Victory or Death".
- In the 1984 film The Last Starfighter, the phrase is chanted by the starfighters.
- In the Warcraft universe, "Lok'tar ogar!" (Victory or Death!) is the battlecry of the Horde.
- In Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It is said by the warrior in beginning of games.
- In Guild Wars, "Victory or Death" was the name of a skill in Guild versus Guild battles. In Guild Wars 2, it is the title of the final story quest.
- In Warhammer 40,000, "Victorus aut Mortis" is the war cry of the Raven Guard chapter of Space Marines.
- In the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates and 2003 video game Call of Duty, "Victory or Death" is a common slogan for Red Army Political Commissars.