Imagine you’re a German soldier during WWII, just for a moment. It’s nearing the end of December, and you’re in a coastal town in far west Norway — England is somewhere across the icy waters. It’s freezing cold, and British boats are closing in. Troops are about to charge the garrison, and the first landing craft hits the ground. The ramp lowers, and out jumps a man toting several bagpipes. He’s playing “The March of the Cameron Men,” while the other men charge forward toward you with their rifles. Once he is done, he throws down his bagpipes, tosses a grenade forward and begins to fight with the others.
This is a true story.
Jack Churchill, otherwise known as “Mad Jack,” was known for these types of memorable assaults. In France, he once initiated an ambush using a barbed arrow with a longbow, which would be the last recorded longbow kill during a war. Malcolm Churchill, his son who lives in southern England, said that, “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 and they held the rest off with machine guns.”