Antonyms for die hards

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I sometimes think his whole life was symbolized by his struggle in the dwindling ranks of the "Die Hards."

At 1.30 began the withdrawal of the "die hards" from the points they were holding with such a terrible peril hanging over them.

I am glad to know this work belongs to the old 57th, the Die Hards, who won that title at Albuera.