3rd Soviet Shock Army vs Adrian Carton de Wiart and Mad Jack Churchill


Ad Honoris
Feb 2011
Perambulating in St James' Park
3rd Soviet Shock Army vs Adrian Carton de Wiart and Jack Churchill.

Who would win?

In April 1945 the 3rd Shock Army (HQ Stendal) as part of the 1st Belorussian Front had the following major component formations and units:
7th Rifle Corps (146th, 265th, 364th Rifle Divisions)
9th Tank Corps (23rd, 95th, 108th tank and 8th motor-rifle brigades)[9] (attached from front headquarters)
12th Guards Rifle Corps (23rd Guards, 52nd Guards, 33rd Rifle Divisions)
79th Rifle Corps (150th, 171st, 207th Rifle Divisions)
1203rd, 1728th and 1729th Independent self-propelled assault artillery regiments
136th Gun-Artillery Brigade
45th Antitank Brigade
25th Sapper Brigade
5th and 13th Pontoon Bridging Brigades

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Adrian Carton de Wiart. VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO

Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963), was a British officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear; survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn't amputate them. He later said "frankly I had enjoyed the war."
In February 1915, he embarked on a steamer for France. De Wiart took part in the fighting on the Western Front, commanding successively three infantry battalions and a brigade. He was wounded seven more times in the war, losing his left hand in 1915 and pulling off his fingers when a doctor declined to remove them.[7] He was shot through the skull and ankle at the Battle of the Somme, through the hip at the Battle of Passchendaele, through the leg at Cambrai, and through the ear at Arras.
During World War I, De Wiart received the Victoria Cross. (VC), the highest award for gallantry in combat that can be awarded to British Empire forces. He was 36 years old, and a lieutenant-colonel in the 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish), British Army, attached to the Gloucestershire Regiment, commanding the 8th Battalion, when the following events took place on 2/3 July July 1916, at La Boiselle, France:
For most conspicuous bravery, coolness and determination during severe operations of a prolonged nature. It was owing in a great measure to his dauntless courage and inspiring example that a serious reverse was averted. He displayed the utmost energy and courage in forcing our attack home. After three other battalion Commanders had become casualties, he controlled their commands, and ensured that the ground won was maintained at all costs. He frequently exposed himself in the organisation of positions and of supplies, passing unflinchingly through fire barrage of the most intense nature. His gallantry was inspiring to all.[8]
e Wiart was active in August 1920, when the Red Army was at the gates of Warsaw. While out on his observation train, he was attacked by a group of Red cavalry, and fought them off with his revolver from the running board of his train, at one point falling on the track and reboarding quickly.

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And Lieutenant Colonel John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming "Jack" Churchill, DSO & Bar, MC & Bar

"Fighting Jack Churchill" and "Mad Jack", was a British soldier who fought throughout World War II armed with a longbow, arrows and a Scottish broadsword. He is known for the quote "any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed."
Churchill resumed his commission after Poland was invaded. In May 1940, Churchill and his unit, the Manchester Regiment, ambushed a German patrol near L'Epinette, France. Churchill gave the signal to attack by cutting down the enemy Feldwebel (sergeant) with his barbed arrows, becoming the only known British soldier to have felled an enemy with a longbow in the course of the war.[1] After fighting at Dunkirk, he volunteered for the Commandos, unsure of what Commando duty entailed, but was interested because it sounded dangerous.
In July 1943, as commanding officer, he led 2 Commando from their landing site at Catania in Sicily with his trademark Scottish broadsword slung around his waist and a longbow and arrows around his neck and his bagpipes under his arm.[3] This was again repeated at the landings at Salerno. Leading 2 Commando, Churchill was ordered to capture a German observation post outside of the town of La Molina controlling a pass leading down to the Salerno beach-head. He led the attack by 2 and 41 Commandos, infiltrating the town and capturing the post, taking 42 prisoners including a mortar squad. Churchill led the men and prisoners back down the pass with the wounded being carried on carts, pushed by German prisoners. He commented that to him it was "an image from the Napoleonic Wars."[4] He received the Distinguished Service Order for leading this action at Salerno.[5]
As the Pacific War was still ongoing Churchill was sent to Burma,[9] where the largest land battles against Japan were still raging, but by the time he reached India, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been bombed, and the war abruptly ended. Churchill was said to be unhappy with the sudden end of the war, saying: "If it wasn't for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years."[9]

Jack Churchill (far right) leads a training exercise, sword in hand, from a Eureka boat in Inveraray.

Who would win?
Last edited:
May 2012
defintly Adrian Carton de Wiart would beat jack churchill, I think the name "mad jack" is right, he seems a little crazy.

Dont know what to say about the shock army thing tho..


Ad Honorem
Jan 2011
South of the barcodes
If its hunting season he's probably going to be on his own anyway, DeWiart was easily distracted by anything fluffy or feathered.

On the other hand its a well known fact of life that if you have have thousands of uniformed conscripts on one side and two individualist heroes who are stern or spirit, of pure intent and able to imbibe a distillery single handed will always prevail.

Look at how Captain Mallory and Private Miller took out the German guns at Navaronne, Major Smith and Lieutenant Schaeffer took out the entire garrison of Schloss Adler and what about Major Reismans team, even if there were 12 of them so its pushing the rule a bit.