On 08-Jul-2017 In History & Culture
World War II began in 1939 and ended in 1945; it has often been regarded as the deadliest conflict in the world, till now. After this war, the body of United Nations was set up to bring back peace in the world. Amongst the pistols, rifles, machine guns, hand grenades, it's hard to imagine someone fighting with a sword and bows. When we hear of swords and bows, we are reminded of the medieval era, surely not the World War II. But, this brave soldier, John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming "Jack" Churchill, nicknamed “Mad Jack", was a trailblazer and equipped himself with nothing except a bow and some swords. This looked like a child's play, looking at the technical equipment of the era.He was born in Hong Kong and both his father and grandfather served in the Ceylon Civil Service. He has defined what it means to believe in oneself, despite all adversities.
He was born in an old Oxfordshire family, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in the year 1926. Before his courageousness in the battlefield, he worked as an editor of a Nairobi newspaper, a model, and a movie extra. But his skills of using the sword, in archery, won him a lot of accolades.
He armed himself only with a longbow, bagpipes, and a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword. A memorable tale came to known the world over when he was a commanding officer in Salerno and lead his troops by wielding his sword, ahead of them. That night, he took nearly 42 prisoners, with the help of a companion.
While he was always there to prove his mettle, he never underestimated the power that his sword carried. He would often be heard saying, “In my opinion…any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed.”
Here we can see Jack speaking during a landing exercise. He was a multi-talented, multi-disciplined warrior, who believed in following his instincts and most of all, had faith in his abilities. He did not rely on any of the modern weapons to fight the war.
This is a click of Mad Jack staring down the barrel of a captured Belgian 75 mm field gun.In 1944, his soldiers were to attack the Germans from a hilltop but only six could reach the spot. When he found himself surrounded by the troops, he did something queer. He took out his bagpipes and started playing the track, "Will Ye No Come Back Again", only to be knocked down by a German soldier!
Also, even after a marriage and kids, he trained himself to be a parachutist.
Later in his life, he became a land-air warfare instructor in Australia.Jack retired from the army in 1959. This trailblazer died in 1996 in Surrey but is an inspiration even today.