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Blutarski19 Sep 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

Just enjoyed a fascinating but all too brief YouTube video on "Mad Jack" Churchill. Fought the WW2 from 1940 in France to the end while carrying a longbow and claymore (not to mention bagpipes) throughout his service. Was apparently responsible for the only known German battle casualty suffered by longbow.

You just cannot make this stuff up. Clearly a well-deserved nickname!!!

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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

I'm picturing some German medic filling out the inevitable paperwork. "Nature of Injury?"

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2018 2:39 p.m. PST

I hope there's a space for "other".

Ssendam20 Sep 2018 12:09 a.m. PST

Surely 'Mad Englishman' should be a standard response with it's own tickbox?

Red358420 Sep 2018 4:51 a.m. PST

Also appeared in films and was a POW escapee. He transferred to Burma but the war ended before he saw action there and he quoted as saying "If it wasn't for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years!"

Darrell B D Day20 Sep 2018 5:24 a.m. PST

Just refreshed my memory of him on Wikipedia. He doesn't appear to have any Scottish connection so his bagpiping skills are even more remarkable.

A wargamer of sorts as, apparently, he is said to have enjoyed playing with radio-controlled model warships in retirement although that assertion is, sadly, from an unreliable source. I hope it's true.

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andysyk21 Sep 2018 9:22 a.m. PST

Apparently he thought he could play the bagpipes. Listeners disagreed.

Durrati22 Sep 2018 2:23 p.m. PST

'Apparently he thought he could play the bagpipes. Listeners disagreed.'

I thought that this was true of anyone playing the badpipes ever.

Also, after reading a bit about this gentleman,it made me think a bit about how people get nicknames. Could anyone explain how this chap was given the nickname Jack?

Banana Man Inactive Member22 Sep 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

"Surely 'Mad Englishman' should be a standard response with it's own tickbox?"

Probably best to change that to "Mad Scotsman", otherwise all hell will break out and Scotland will invade England soon!

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