Born: September 16, 1906
Birthplace: Surrey, England or Hong Kong
Occupation: Lieutenant Colonel British Army
Nickname: Mad Jack and Fighting Jack Churchill
Dead Or Alive: Died March 8, 1996, age 89
Jack Churchill is what legends are made of: during World War II, ol' Jack came ready for battle armed with a longbow and Scottish broadsword. The above picture shows Churchill going into combat with his sword in hand, while other soldiers carried more traditional weapons. Look at that picture and rethink your entire life. He is known to be the only British solider to have killed an enemy using a longbow during WWII. Churchill ended up being sent to a concentration camp when he was captured by Germans after one of his squads were killed, and when he was found, he was playing his bagpipes. Like a boss.
" In May 1940 Churchill and his unit, the Manchester Regiment, ambushed a German patrol near L'Epinette, France. Churchill gave the signal to attack by cutting down the enemy Feldwebel (sergeant) with a barbed arrow, becoming the only British soldier known to have felled an enemy with a longbow in WWII. After fighting at Dunkirk, he volunteered for the Commandos."
"Churchill was second in command of No. 3 Commando in Operation Archery, a raid on the German garrison atVågsøy, Norway on 27 December 1941. As the ramps fell on the first landing craft, Churchill leapt forward from his position playing 'March of the Cameron Men' on his bagpipes, before throwing a grenade and running into battle in the bay."
"He is known for the motto 'any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed.'"
"In July 1943, as commanding officer, he led 2 Commando from their landing site at Catania in Sicily with his trademark Scottish broadsword slung around his waist, a longbow and arrows around his neck and his bagpipes under his arm, which he also did in the landings at Salerno. Leading 2 Commando, Churchill was ordered to capture a German observation post outside of the town of La Molina, controlling a pass leading down to theSalerno beach-head. He led the attack by 2 and 41 Commandos, infiltrated the town and captured the post, taking 42 prisoners including a mortar squad. Churchill led the men and prisoners back down the pass, with the wounded being carried on carts pushed by German prisoners. He commented that it was 'an image from the Napoleonic Wars.' He received the Distinguished Service Order for leading this action at Salerno."
"In May he was ordered to raid the German held island of Brač. He organized a 'motley army' of 1,500 Partisans, 43 Commando and one troop from 40 Commando for the raid. The landing was unopposed but on seeing the eyries from which they later encountered German fire, the Partisans decided to defer the attack until the following day. Churchill's bagpipes signalled the remaining Commandos to battle. After being strafed by an RAF Spitfire, Churchill decided to withdraw for the night and to re-launch the attack the following morning. The following morning, one flanking attack was launched by 43 Commando with Churchill leading the elements from 40 Commando. The Partisans remained at the landing area; 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 pipes as the Germans advanced. He was knocked unconscious by grenades and captured. He was later flown to Berlin for interrogation and then transferred to Sachsenhausen concentration camp."