Born: May 5, 1880
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Occupation: Lieutenant-General in the British Army
Dead Or Alive: June 5, 1963, age 83

"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."

The master of badassery, Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart probably has the best Wikipedia page of any person dead or alive. The man had a thirst for battle, and wasn't afraid to talk shit to one of the world's most frightening leaders. After numerous injuries that left him disfigured, he was pleased with his experiences during both World Wars. After his first wife died, he married a woman who was about 20 years younger than him, and was one of the most famous women in the world at the time. Live life to the fullest.

Highlights:

"Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VCKBECB,CMGDSO (5 May 1880 - 5 June 1963), was a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn't amputate them. He later said 'frankly I had enjoyed the war.'"

"The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography described him thus: 'With his black eyepatch and empty sleeve, Carton de Wiart looked like an elegant pirate, and became a figure of legend.'"

"In February 1915, he embarked on a steamer for France. Carton de Wiart took part in the fighting on the Western Front, commanding successively three infantry battalions and a brigade. He was wounded seven more times in the war, losing his left hand in 1915 and pulling off his fingers when a doctor declined to remove them. He was shot through the skull and ankle at the Battle of the Somme, through the hip at the Battle of Passchendaele, through the leg at Cambrai, and through the ear at Arras."

"In an attack upon an enemy fort at Shimber Berris, Carton de Wiart was shot twice in the face, losing his eye and also a portion of his ear. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in May 1915"

"Carton de Wiart's serious wound in the Boer War instilled in him a strong desire for physical fitness and he ran, jogged, walked, and played sports on a regular basis. In male company he was 'a delightful character and must hold the world record for bad language.'"

"Once Carton de Wiart evaded capture for eight days disguised as an Italian peasant (which is surprising considering that he was in northern Italy, couldn't speak Italian, and was 61 years old, with an eye patch, one empty sleeve and multiple injuries and scars). Ironically, Carton de Wiart had been approved for repatriation due to his disablement, but notification arrived after his escape. As the repatriation would have required that he promise not to take any further part in the war, it is probable that he would have declined anyway."

"He met Mao Zedong at dinner and had a memorable exchange with him, interrupting his propaganda speech to criticise him for holding back from fighting the Japanese for domestic political reasons. Mao was briefly stunned, and then laughed."

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