"Mad" Jack Churchill

Born September 16th, 1906 , Jack Churchill was known as "Fighting Jack Churchill", "Captain Jack", and "Mad Jack". "Mad Jack" was a British soldier who fought throughout World War II armed with a longbow, arrows,

bagpipes, and a Scottish broadsword. Churchill, though an Englishman by ancestry, had a fascination for all things Celtic. He was known for saying "any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed." 

Churchill was known for his eclectic style. As a trainee he was known to play his bagpipes at 3:00 AM, he was a difficult trainee but he would prove to be a legendary leader.  In May of 1940 during WWII, Churchill and his unit (Manchester Regiment) ambushed a German patrol in France. Churchill gave the signal to attack by shooting the enemy Sergent in the head with barbed arrows from his longbow.  This is the only confirmed enemy kill using a longbow in the war.  As his regiment proceeded in 1940, some of the German commanders who were overseeing the push into France began to receive random reports of soldiers having been killed with broad-head arrows or hacked with a Broadsword, .

Churchill volunteered for Commando duty not knowing what is was but enlisted because it "Sounded Dangerous".  In a battle in Norway, Churchill stormed into battle playing his bagpipes and weilding grenades before charging into battle wielding his trademark Scottish broadsword. Various occasions he forced prisoners to throw down their arms down at the point of a his broadsword.  

One night Mad Jack and one of his regiment men sneaked up on a pair of German sentries making rounds. He leaped at them, sword in hand and shouted, “Haende Hoch” The Germans obeyed by dropping weapons and surrendering. One sentry was taken back to camp, Jack wrapped his belt around the others' throat, and together they continued deeper. At each guard post his prisoner would say something to distract the German guards, then the mustached lunatic with a sword would jump out and order them to drop their arms. The two collected forty-two prisoners that night.

He was later captured after being injured (and knocked unconscious) by a grenade in a battle in Yugoslavia by the Germans and was brought to Berlin for interrogation. He escaped, was recaptured and was transferred to Tyrol, where he escaped again. Churchill walked 8 Days and 150 miles to Verona, Italy where he met an American army squad.

Churchill quickly volunteered to be sent to Burma where the largest battles in the war were raging but just before he reached India, the Americans  bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the war had ended immediately. Churchill famously said "If it wasn't for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years."

Churchill continued to fight after the war, becoming involved with the 1st Batallion Highland Light Infantry and assisted the Hadassah medical convoy that came under attack by hundreds of Arabs. He retired from the army in 1959 and In all Mad Jack received the Military Cross and Bar for his actions on the battlefield in Dunkirk and Vagsoy as well as two Distinguished Service Orders for his later battles. Mad Jack died on March 8th, 1996, but his legend will live forever.

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