I stumbled across this shirt at Ranger Up the other day, and it struck me that the men we are most likely to associate with modern day knights, SEALs, SAS, etc. are distinctively unchivalrous. That is to say that the military aspect of chivalry (separate from the kneeling and picking up women’s underwear aspect of chivalry) no longer describes our concept of an elite warrior. From the description:
A lot of people forget that there was a time when archaic codes of warfare lived on modern battlefields. It’s hard to believe, in our time, when unconventional warfare has become a very conventional concept, that soldiers used to operate with this mentality. Many WWII leaders, both allies and axis, fought with overly-romantic notions of frontline chivalry. It can be tough to win when you’ve created rules that work against you. Enter the Special Operations Executive AKA The Baker Street Irregulars, AKA The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.