34268RE: [SCA-Archery] Bibliography
- Sep 17, 2013
That latter case was John “Mad Jack” Churchill: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill . The story is related with more detail in one of my books (Featherston, IIRC).
As I recall from the text, Churchill was stationed on the Maginot Line during the “Phony War”. He amused himself by dropping arrows onto a near-by German position. Apparently he never hit anyone, but did cause a great deal of commotion in the German garrison.
During the retreat to Dunkirk, his unit was acting as a rear guard at one point, and had taken up an observation post in the loft of a barn. A German machine gun squad made the mistake of setting up a position right below the barn. He quietly stationed a Tommy on each side with their Enfields. Each was instructed which German to target, while Churchill took the sergeant in the center. On his release, the Tommies fired, clearing the enemy position. Churchill went down to retrieve his arrow (a grim souvenir I suppose), but was unable to extract the shaft before German reinforcements showed up. He later put in a request to the MOD for the cost of his lost arrows (custom-made for him), but was told by the bean counters that such ammunition was not authorized.
Hugh Soar owns one of Mad Jack’s bows, and it is shown in his book THE CROOKED STICK. Soar does not say if this was THE bow, so it is likely another of Mad Jack’s. He also used steel bows, probably of Swedish manufacture. These are also discussed in general in Soar’s book.
Lord Mungo Napier, The Archer of Mallard Lodge
Read “The Tale of Mungo Napier”:
The Book of the Bow 1958 Putnam, Author Gordon Grimley.
It has many historical references and stories regarding the use of the bow. Also talks about some of the last times where archery was used as a tool in warfare right up to WWII where it was used by special ops as a weapon of terror against the German soldiers and one account of the use of a bow as a sniper weapon (With 2 rifle men flanking him) Also has an extensive chapter on horn bow construction.
It's out of print.
On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 7:12 AM, <jon@...> wrote:
I'm new to this group and I wanted to poll the membership about a bibliography. Mike Loades new book on longbows prompted me to think about bibliographies. I can point you to a variety of works in my area of expertise (shoes, leather) both modern and historical. So, what is on everyone's short list of titles? I know it is dependent on time and place so the lists will vary with the background and interests of the compilers. What do you consider a must read?
In service to the dream
Baron Jon Thomme
Gold is for the mistress
Silver for the maid
Copper for the craftsman cunning in his trade.
"Good" said the Baron sitting in his hall,
But iron, cold iron is master of them all.
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