The war hero who looked like a pirate

Adrian Carton de Wiart (1880-1963) was a Belgian-born military officer who served for the British in the Boer War, the First World War and the Second World war. Known for his extremely filthy language and ability to lead from the front, he was wounded so many times that he kept his own pyjamas in the hospital.

During his service, he was shot several times, losing an eye and a hand in the process. His coolness under pressure earned him the Victoria Cross, the highest British medal for valor. At age 60, during World War 2, his plane crashed and he was captured by the Italian enemy forces. He then fled several times and was once able to evade re-capture for 8 days, despite wearing an eyepatch and not knowing a single word of Italian. After he retired, he once said: Frankly, I enjoyed the war.



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Information sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30685433

Photo Credits / Sources:

Cecil Beaton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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