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"Guardeh Javidan" or the Immortal Guards shown here in impeccable ceremonial uniform were the elite soldiers of the Imperial Army of the Pahlavi Dynasty. Their name was derived from the Achaemenid Immortal Guards of King Darius the Great which composed a constant unit of 10,000 Soldiers. They were called Immortals because when one was killed in combat he was immediately replaced. The fate of the Immortal Guards after the 1979 revolution was much more dramatic. Most having sworn loyalty to their Shah and the Imperial Flag, refused to give in to the new masters of the country and were either killed in combat with the revolutionaries or executed after the fall of the Imperial regime.
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Photo by Roloff Beny, "Elements of Destiny"
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