#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, July 12th, 2013 17:21
Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963), was a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear,… READ THE REST
#2 By: Jeff Atwood, July 12th, 2013 17:26
Except this time, you know, without the irony. That's an amazing story.
#3 By: Indubitably, July 12th, 2013 17:41
Middle name of "Ghislain"?
#4 By: An_Ugly_Dwarf, July 12th, 2013 17:48
Corporal Léo Major (1921 – 12 October 2008) was a French Canadian soldier in the Régiment de la Chaudière in World War II. He was one of only three Canadian soldiers in the British Commonwealth to be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), the only Canadian to have been awarded the honour twice (bar to the DCM), and the only Allied soldier to be awarded two DCMs in two different wars (World War II and Korea). On the night of 13 April 1945, Major single-handedly liberated t...
No picture for this one, but if you're looking for a mother of god badass soldier, here's one hard to beat! Léo Major! Capturing town et armor all by himself.
#5 By: parkylondon, July 12th, 2013 17:54
Not bad... but I raise you
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, and a Scottish broadsword. He is known for the motto "any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed." Born in Surrey and educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man, Churchill graduated from Sandhurst in 1926 a...
#7 By: Edw, July 12th, 2013 18:09
Henceforth, all Chuck Norris jokes will be replaced with Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart jokes.
#8 By: Ken, July 12th, 2013 18:16
Damn. I'm glad the British have been on our side (for the last century or so anyway).
#9 By: Rob Cornelius, July 12th, 2013 18:30
What makes your think we are on your side. Doesn't matter who the fuck you are. We are on our own side. I might have had a bit too much cider in the pub earlier
#10 By: Sam Paul, July 12th, 2013 18:30
#11 By: Purplecat, July 12th, 2013 18:36
The painting used to illustrate this article is unfinished because the artist fled for his life. It didn't save him.
#12 By: Ken, July 12th, 2013 18:54
Sorry! Please don't head butt me in the face.
#13 By: Jardine, July 12th, 2013 18:55
#14 By: teknocholer, July 12th, 2013 19:17
It's finished. The general had bitten off the rest of his body as part of a training exercise.
#15 By: Tim, July 12th, 2013 19:40
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be
eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are
told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of
these weapons I would choose."
Still, I bet he could have taken on at least half a regiment if he was armed with a pen.
#16 By: Kelly , July 12th, 2013 19:59
#17 By: daneel, July 12th, 2013 19:59
I give you Robert Henry Cain.
Major Robert Henry Cain VC (2 January 1909 – 2 May 1974) was a Manx recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Cain grew up on the Isle of Man and joined the Territorial Army in 1928. After working overseas he was given an emergency commission into the Army in 1940. He transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1942, and joined their 2nd Battalion, part of the British 1st Airborne Divisi...
Jeremy Clarkson's Father-in-Law.
#18 By: Dennis Armstrong, July 12th, 2013 20:47
As a child, I once met Charles Upham, still the only combat soldier ever to have been awarded the Victoria Cross twice.
Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham VC and Bar (21 September 1908 – 22 November 1994) was a New Zealand soldier who earned the Victoria Cross twice during the Second World War: in Crete in May 1941, and at Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt, in July 1942. He was the third of only three people to receive the VC twice, the only person to receive two VCs during the Second World War and the only combat soldier to receive the award twice. As a result, Upham is often described as the most highly decorated Commonwealth Up...
He was cited by King George VI for, among many other things, "superb coolness".
#19 By: Boris Bartlog, July 12th, 2013 21:51
Still partial to Simo Häyhä, myself. Not as many different and exciting exploits as some of these other heroes, but unparalleled as a relatively low-tech death machine. 5'1", iron sights, 700 enemy dead in three months.
#20 By: daneel, July 12th, 2013 21:54
I met this chap once. Local hero for me.
Air Vice Marshal James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson CB, CBE, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Bar (9 March 1915 – 30 January 2001) was a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot and flying ace—defined as a pilot that has shot down five or more enemy aircraft in aerial combat—who, during the Second World War, credited 34 individual victories over enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probables, 10 damaged, three shared damaged and one destroyed on the ground. Johnson flew 700 operational sortie This ...
#21 By: Indubitably, July 12th, 2013 22:00
There can be only one...Indubitably.
P.S. I am not this man, or that man, but we are men among men. Some fight. Some write. Tonight.
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