Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to be a Badass. Badass Profile #2

Nickname - Mad Jack
Born - 16 September 1906 Hong Kong
Died - 8 March 1996 (aged 89) Surrey
Allegiance - United Kingdom
Service/branch - British Army
Years of service - 1926–1936 1939–1959
Rank - Lieutenant Colonel
Awards - Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross

So who was this guy? Captain Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill aka "Mad Jack" that's who. And he was one of the craziest badasses in WWII. Step your game up.

He resumed his military duty after Poland got invaded. In 1940 Churchill and his Manchester Regiment ambushed a German patrol near L'Epinette, France after Churchill gave the attack signal by shooting down the German Sergeant with one of his arrows. See above picture. It earned him the boasting rights of becoming the only known British soldier to have fell an enemy with a longbow in all of WWII.


It gets better.

Later he volunteered for the Commandos, unsure of what Commando duty entailed, but he was interested because it sounded dangerous and probably fun. 

In Operation Archery, a raid on the German garrison at Vagsoy, Norway on December 27, 1941, Churchill leapt forward from his landing craft into the gun fire playing his bag pipes before throwing a grenade and advancing.

One of his more impressive military exploits came in early 1942. It is claimed that he and five other Commandos took down a whole German outpost of around 300 men.

In July 1943 he led commandos from their landing site at Catania in Sicily with his trademark Claymore around his waist and a longbow and arrows around his neck and bagpipes under his arm. You read that right. A damn CLAYMORE, BOW, AND A BAG PIPE. And did it again at the landings at Salerno.

That's 55" of Cutting Steel Badassery

In May, he was ordered to raid the German held island of Brac. Churchill's bagpipes signaled the men to battle. Churchill decided to withdraw for the night and to re-launch the attack the next morning. The following morning Churchill and his commandos attacked. Only Churchill and six others managed to reach the objective. A mortar shell killed or wounded everyone but Churchill, who was playing "Will Ye No Come Back Again?" on his bag pipes as the Germans advanced knocking him unconscious with grenades allowing him to be captured.

He was later flown to Berlin for interrogation and then transferred to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

After being sent to a concentration camp, he got bored and walked out. They caught him again, and sent him to a new camp. He left again. After walking 150 miles with only a can of food, he got picked up by the Americans and got sent back to Britain where he demanded to be sent back into the war, only to find out with anger, the war had ended on his way there. As he later "If it wasn't for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years!"

Crazy son of a bitch. We salute you.

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