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    Lieutenant Colonel John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming "Jack" Churchill, DSO & Bar, MC & Bar (16 September 1906 – 8 March 1996), nicknamed Fighting Jack Churchill and Mad Jack, was a British soldier who fought throughout the Second World War armed with a longbow, and a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword, (sometimes incorrectly called a Claymore).[citation needed]

    He is known for the motto "any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed." Churchill also carried out the last recorded bow and arrow killing in action, shooting a German NCO in 1940 in a French village.[1]

    According to his son Malcolm, "He and his section were in a tower and as the Germans approached he said 'I will shoot that first German with an arrow,' and that's exactly what he did."[1] 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 at Vågsøy, Norway on 27 December 1941.[15] As the ramps fell on the first landing craft, Churchill leapt forward from his position playing "March of the Cameron Men"[16] on his bagpipes, before throwing a grenade and running into battle in the bay. For his actions at Dunkirk and Vågsøy, Churchill received the Military Cross and Bar.

    In later years, Churchill served as an instructor at the land-air warfare school in Australia, where he became a passionate devotee of the surfboard. Back in England, he was the first man to ride the River Severn's five-foot tidal bore and designed his own board.[14] During this time back in England he worked at a desk job in the military.[30]

    In retirement his eccentricity continued. He startled train conductors and passengers by throwing his briefcase out of the train window each day on the ride home. He later explained that he was tossing his case into his own back garden so he wouldn't have to carry it from the station.[14] He also enjoyed sailing coal-fired ships on the Thames and playing with radio-controlled model warships


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    Was he fucking mad?
    He was called Mad Jack

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