During times of conflict, countries would produce and send disciplined men chained to the rhythm of military rules, principles, and disciplines. That is not a bad thing at all, as this is one key to ensuring the optimal success of whatever missions these soldiers would be sent to do along the way. However, at times, it was those eccentric ones who could save the day with their rather amusing and unusual ways. If anything, Britain had produced quite a fair share of those characters, like Mad Jack, who dove into the battlefield of WWII with his sword, bow, and bagpipes (read his full, exciting story here.) Another man who stood out with his unconventional ways was Major Digby. His weapon of choice? His trusty umbrella.

Following His Dad’s Footsteps and More

Allison Digby Tatham-Warter was born in Atcham, Shropshire, England, during World War I. The second son of Henry de Grey Tathan-Warter, who owned several estates in the southeast part of England. His father was called to fight in the trenches, where he was severely gassed while serving with Artists Rifles. Regardless, he managed to survive and went back home to his family. However, the damage to his body caused his early death when Digby was just 11 years old.

Major Digby Tatham-Warter. (Image from pegasusarchive.org)

When Digby grew up, he followed in his father’s footsteps by obtaining his education from Wellington College in Berkshire before getting accepted into the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in 1935. After graduating as an officer, he was deployed to India and commissioned into the Unattached List for the Indian Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. Due to his family connections, he was viewed to join the Indian Army.

Unparalleled Innovativeness

In late 1942, Digby’s brother, John, died at the Second Battle of El Alamein. Upon hearing of this news, he volunteered for the airborne forces. He was transferred and became the company commander of the A Company of the 2nd Battalion of the newly formed Parachute Regiment.