scottish basket hilted broadsword

Pictured above is Jack Churchill  leading a training exercise, sword in hand, from a Eureka boat in Inveraray.


‘’Lieutenant-Colonel John Malcolm Thorpe FlemingJackChurchill, DSO & Bar, MC & Bar (16 September 1906 – 8 March 1996) was a British Army officer who fought throughout the Second World War armed with a longbow, bagpipes, and a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword.

Nicknamed “Fighting Jack Churchill”…, he is known for the motto: “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed." 

‘’ Churchill gave the signal to attack by cutting down the enemy Feldwebel (staff sergeant) with a barbed arrow, becoming the only British soldier known to have felled an enemy with a longbow in the war. ‘’

Listen up! This here is Churchill. Jack Churchill. Fighting Jack Churchill. Mad Jack. A British Army officer that stormed through WWII with -  bagpipes, a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword and a longbow.

He is known for the motto: “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed.” It is claimed that Churchill also carried out the last recorded longbow and arrow killing in action, shooting a German NCO in 1940 in a French village during the Battle of France. x

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, bagpipes, and a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword (sometimes incorrectly called a Claymore).

He is known for the motto “any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed.” It is claimed that Churchill also carried out the last recorded longbow and arrow killing in action, shooting a German NCO in 1940 in a French village.