The early twentieth century was no battlefield for fools. As it stood, only the strongest, brightest, most strategic could prevail, or even more profound, walk away alive. It was within this era that two distinct men carved a name for themselves: Theodore Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia. Both men of esteemed stature and courage, they led their fellow comrades through difficult circumstances. With resumes including victors of the Spanish American War and World War I, simulation experts at Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior found it fitting to pair the two against each other in what will now be known as the ultimate twentieth century battle. It’s time to find out who will be named “The Deadliest.”
First, I should preface that this title isn’t an easy task to earn. It is through several recreation scenarios that these two foes will face off. With battle merits in weaponry, bladed combat and military strategy, Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia will be allotted numerical values for the successes in the aforementioned fields. The one with the greatest accumulated score will then be crowned the victor. Thus, the Deadliest Warrior team of engineers called upon the expertise of FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. to aid in the test-measurement evaluation process throughout several simulations.
The duel began with Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia taking to the battlefield to exercise their ammunitions. From rapid-fire weapons to action rifles, the two rivals swept the scoreboards with high marks, but it seemed that Roosevelt and his Rough Riders held onto the leading edge. But there still lied another simulation. It was in the depths of the trenches that FUTEK found themselves rather useful in the overall evaluation process.
Bladed combat offered itself as on of the most courageous forms of confrontation of the battlefield; and thus, a strong and trusted knife was needed. For the Rough Riders, the blade of choice was the Bowie Hunter, while Lawrence of Arabia preferred his Jambiya Dagger. Though both menacing in their own right, the true test came from the force each knife exuded on its victim (in this case, a pig carcass on a zip line). With FUTEK’s load button and a velocity sensor (non-FUTEK) attached to the blade’s shaft, weapons experts attacked the oncoming pig to measure the “kill strike.” Overall, this simulation didn’t win high marks for Teddy. But then again, I’m not alluding to the fact that this may have cost it for the Rough Riders.
So, will it be Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders galloping through the San Juan Hills with the prized title just in time to celebrate their nation’s independence day or will Lawrence of Arabia and his armada succeed in earning the beloved title of Deadliest Warrior? You’ll have to watch the episode for yourself to find out the answer.