The BRITISH DUNKIRK ARCHER.

Pendennis

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Mar 2013
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Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Say to most folks with a decent knowledge of English/British history the words 'Archers in France shooting down the enemy' and they will -uderstandbly -reply AH YES!-AGINCOURT 1415 when English King Henry V;'s English longbowmen shot the massed ranks of French mounted knights to pieces.
But in 1940 in northern France at the time of Dunkirk in 1940 British Army Captain Jack Churchill (no relation to Winston) a keen archer,(He represented Great Britain in Oslo, Norway, in 1939 in the world archery championships) shot dead a Wehrmacht Feldwebel with his longbow during an attack in the Pas De Calais near Dunkirk..
The German NCO was leading an attack against Jack Churchill's 2nd Manchester regiment(the same outfit that poet Wilfred Own died leading into an attack on November 4 1918 during W.W, One) and Churchill saw a chance to knock off the Feldwebel with his bow and did so-probably the only Wehrmacht soldier to die from an arrow wound in W.W.2 .
Churchill went on to have one hell of a war.Being decorated highly and after capture in 1944 being sent to Sachenshausen concentation camp where he was saved from being murdered by the S.S. after trying to escape b:deadhorse:y a sympathetic German Army officer.
Hong Kong born Churchill survived the war.
 

Pendennis

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Mar 2013
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Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Yep and he payed e bagpipes well too!-but he should not be confusedd with Lord Lovat's D-Day piper Bill Milne,
 

deaf tuner

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Oct 2013
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Europix
Thank You Pendennis for sharing it !

It's the kind of stuff that makes me adoring history !