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. ‘’

thesegoddamnpancakes  asked:

What is your opinion of the Scottish basket hilt broadsword?

Never been a fan of swords, and never had cause to use them. I carried one only when in a situation in which it would look odd not to have one, but did most killing with my bare hands. That is not to say I haven’t used one and haven’t talent for it. I have and do, but to be honest, I never understood basket-hilts. Much of the flexibility of handling is lost and since I prefer to turn the blade down and use it for butchering, I never could much find use for them. I wore a clayberg during the Civil War (of England) and afterward, but that was because it was simply common dress for men of estate who saw fit to be in the places I liked to go. To me, it was a sharp accessory and nothing more.

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

see this man?

his name to Jack Churchill also known as mad jack

hes known for serving during WW2 from the beginning to charging on the beaches of Normandy with nothing but a longbow, bagpipes, and a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword and was the only man in history to kill a nazi with a bow and the last man to use a bow in war

 why didnt he use any standard issue weapons?

because he thought it would be too easy and wanted a challenge 

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.