Humpday History Highlight

Lt Col John Mad Jack ChurchillThe UK Daily Mail is always good for stories about hot, scantily-clad babes. Once in a while, however, they come through with a damned fine history story.

This is one of those stories. Meet Lt. Col. John Churchill; a highly-decorated World War II officer who killed Nazis with a bow and arrow.

Yeah, compared to “Mad Jack” Churchill, Patton was a piker.

He was nicknamed Mad Jack by his men during the Second World War. After coming face to face with Lieutenant Colonel John Churchill, the Germans probably had a similar, if less affectionate, moniker for the eccentric officer.

Rather than wield a sub-machine gun in battle, the commando leader inspired his comrades by storming beaches armed with a bow and arrow and two-handed sword, dressed in a kilt and playing a set of bagpipes.

He enhanced his reputation by capturing 42 German prisoners with only his broadsword and later escaping from one of the most daunting Nazi jails before the end of the war.

The man earned two Distinguished Service Orders and a Military Cross . . . with a bow and a broadsword. Amazing.

14 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. JT

    Jeepers.

    Rather than wield a sub-machine gun in battle, the commando leader inspired his comrades by storming beaches armed with a bow and arrow and two-handed sword, dressed in a kilt and playing a set of bagpipes.

    Inspired ?

    Really ?

    I bet some of the nazis surrendered after he started playing the bagpipes

  2. formwiz

    He captured one German soldier solely by waving his claymore above his while whispering, “Commando”.

  3. piperfromtn

    Love the history, Wyatt! Germans referred to Scots as the ladies from hell.
    Some piping can be quite good. My teacher was from the 10th Highland Light Infantry and was Lord Mountbattens’ s personal piper.
    I’d bet this guy could play.

    1. JT

      Uhhhhh……is that a bagpipe in your avatar, or are you just glad to see me ?

      Ok, I was only half-kidding about the bagpipes.

      Now I feel like Seinfeld when he made the pony remark.

      1. piperfromtn

        Ha! It’s no problem. Telling people that you’re a trained piper is like telling people you’re a trained caged fighter.
        And yes, that is a bagpipe in my avatar but I’m only glad to see me wee wifey.

  4. Dr. Evil

    Are suspected relatives Hawkeye from Avengers and Daryl Dixon?

    I may have to rethink the members of my Zombie Survival team. Ghost Rider(scout) and Deadpool (brawler), you are officially on notice. Joker (braIns), Dr. House, MD (Healer), and Godzilla (mascot) are safe for now.

  5. Jon Brooks

    Hardcore. Hardcore.

    Wasn’t that his pet rabbit outside the Cave of the Beast with a 1000 eyes?

  6. Jim Scrummy

    Even his picture displayed says BADASS. Seriously, a bow and arrow…damn. I’ve heard of guys deploying to various sandboxes with tomahawks (the Gurkha’s bring their Khukuris), but a long bow and a sword as your only weapons is flat out crazy and BADASS. I need to go buy a long bow and a cross bow, more weapons for my “Hunger Games” bugout bag wish list.

  7. Jim Scrummy

    I just read the Wikipedia blurb about Mad Jack. What a life! He and Lewis Millet are the definition of BADASS.

    Thanks Wyatt for this piece of history!

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