scottish basket hilted broadsword

British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword

A BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF THE ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS, BY HENRY WILKINSON PALL MALL, NO. 27130 FOR 1886 of regulation type, with etched fullered blade decorated with thistle foliage, Regimental title, badge, the owner’s crest and maker’s details, iron hilt of rounded bars carrying alternating rectangular and square panels pierced with hearts, vestigial quillon, a pair of loops, fluted pommel, fishskin-covered grip, doeskin liner in its iron scabbard 84.0 cm; 33 in blade The Wilkinson sword records state that sword no. 27130, a Claymore, was sold February 1886 to Rossbegh of the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

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.