Lt Colonel Fighting Jack Churchill, aka Mad Jack - fought throughout WW2 with a longbow and a broadsword - was also known to bring bagpipes - he volunteered for the Commandos, not because he knew what they did but “because it sounds dangerous” - he crawled out of a concentration camp - about the end of WW2, he commented “If it wasn’t for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years.” - atta boy History, Wwii, Mad Jack, Swords, British Soldiers, Training Exercise, Jack O'Connel, Wars, Jack Churchill
The badass in the red circle is "Fighting" Jack Churchill (also known as Mad Jack), a British military captain during WW2 that was famous for using just a basket claymore in battle (though sometimes he also used a longbow). Despite the anachronism, Mad Jack's approach to warfare worked fairly well for him. He once took 42 German soldiers prisoner using only his trademark sword. He's shown here leading his commando unit into Nazi-occupied Norway (if you look, you can see the claymore).
"'Fighting' Jack Churchill was a British officer in World War II who, instead of arming himself with a gun, used a longbow and arrows, a Scottish broadsword, and bagpipes. During one charge against Germans in Yugoslavia, Churchill survived a mortar attack while playing 'Will Ye No Come Back Again' on his bagpipes."
What the residents did in Gander was part of a broader Canadian-wide initiative that's now known as Operation Yellow Ribbon - when many Canadian airports and the towns and cities in which they were located took in flights that had been turned back from the States. Gander, being on our east coast, is notable for being a small town that fielded a LOT of these flights coming in from the Atlantic and was particularly notable given its small size.
Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels at a 1933 League of Nations meeting in Geneva smiled for photos until he found out the photographer was Jewish. As Alfred Eisenstaedt recalls, "He looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither. But I didn’t wither. If I have a camera in my hand, I don’t know fear."