German inventor Franz Reichelt was so confident in his 1912 parachute jacket that he jumped off the Eiffel Tower to test it out. His hubris was unfortunately unfounded & he fell to this death in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers.
19th Century Sottish military - Kings Own Scottish Borderers. During the First World War, the Germans used to call the kilted Scottish soldiers like these that they fought against as the 'Ladies from Hell' because of the ferocious way they took them on. Hard men one and all