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Britain’s “Unkillable” Soldier, Adrian Carton de Wiart


Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain
Carton de Wiart. Not sure how well I’m pronouncing that, but I’ll be calling him Adrian throughout
the remainder of this video. With his eye patch and empty sleeve, just his image alone
is enough to ask questions. This guy served as a British officer in the Boer War, the
First World War, and the Second World War, survived two plane crashes, was shot in the
head, face, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear, tunneled out of a prisoner-of-war camp,
broke his back, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate. Born in Brussels in 1880, Adrian spent his
early years in both Belgium and England. At the age of six, he moved to Cairo, Egypt so
his father could practice law there. Adrian was Catholic and learned to speak Arabic.
In 1891, he attended an English boarding school and then went on to college, but left to join
the British Army during the Boer War in South Africa in 1899. Early in the war, Adrian was
wounded in the stomach and sent home. His father was furious about him leaving college,
but allowed him to stay in the military. Adrian was given a commission in the Second Imperial
Light Horse and soon saw further action in South Africa. He was made a second lieutenant
of the 4th Dragoon Guards in 1901. In 1902, he was transferred to British India. In 1904, after returning to South Africa,
Adrian was made an aide-de-camp to the commander-in-chief there. Having remained a Belgian subject during
this entire time, Adrian finally became a naturalized British subject in 1907. When World War I began, Adrian first served
in British Somaliland. In an attack upon an enemy fort, he was shot twice in the face,
losing an eye and also a portion of his ear. In 1915, he took part in fighting on the Western
Front in France, commanding three infantry battalions and a brigade. He was wounded seven
more times during the war and lost his left hand in 1915. He even bit off his own fingers
when a doctor declined to remove them. He had been shot through the skull, ankle, hip,
leg, and ear. He received several promotions in rank throughout the war, eventually attaining
the rank of major. He also received several awards and medals for his service, including
the Victoria Cross, the highest honor for combat in the British Empire. Even after having
been wounded so severely, Adrian later said of his experiences, “Frankly, I had enjoyed
the war.” After the war, Adrian went on to serve in
Poland for a few years, surviving an airplane crash and a brief period of captivity. He
retired from the army in 1923 with the honorary rank of major general. Adrian began to lead
a peaceful life on a large estate in eastern Europe near the Soviet border. His retirement
was later interrupted in 1939 when he was recalled to duty and appointed as the head
of the British Military Mission to Poland. Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany in September
and the Soviets soon joined in the attack from the east. Adrian’s estate was taken
during the fighting. Adrian went on to serve in Norway and Northern
Ireland throughout 1940 when he turned 60 years old. With the Nazis preparing to invade
Yugoslavia, the Yugoslavs asked for British aid. Adrian was sent to Serbia to negotiate
with the Yugoslavian government, traveling in a Wellington bomber across the Mediterranean.
After refueling in Malta, the plane’s engines failed and the aircraft crashed into the sea
about a mile from Italian-controlled Libya. Adrian was forced to swim ashore where he
was captured by the Italians. Adrian was made a prisoner alongside several
other officers who Rommel had captured in North Africa in 1941. Adrian attempted to
escape several times, even tunneling for seven months. He once escaped and evaded recapture
for eight days, disguising himself as an Italian civilian. In August 1943, Adrian was released
from his imprisonment as the Italian government secretly planned to leave the war and sent
him back to the British with the message. Less than a month after returning to England,
Adrian was summoned by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He was given the rank of acting
lieutenant-general and sent to India to later go on to China as Churchill’s personal representative.
Before leaving for China, Adrian attended the 1943 Cairo Conference organized by Churchill,
U.S. President Roosevelt, and Chinese General Chaing Kai Shek. A photograph of these leaders
gathered in Cario shows Adrian standing behind them on the far right. Adrian spent his next
years working with Chiang Kai Shek in China and often traveling to British India. During his time in China, Adrian fiercely
denounced communism and called Mao Zedong a fanatic. When he met Mao at a dinner, he
interrupted his speech to criticize him for holding back in the fight against Japan for
domestic political reasons. Mao was stunned for a moment and then laughed. When the Japanese surrounded in August 1945,
Adrian flew to Singapore to take part in the formal surrender. Near the end of his career,
Adrian met American General Douglas MacArthur in Tokyo. He retired at the age of 67 in October
1947 with the honorary rank of lieutenant-general. On his way home to England, Adrian stopped
in French Indochina as a guest of a military commander. He slipped coming down some stairs
and fell, breaking his back and several vertebrae. He eventually recovered in an English hospital.
After Adrian’s first wife died in 1949, he remarried in 1951 at the age of 71 to a
woman 23 years younger than him. He settled in County Cork, Ireland where he took up fishing
and hunting during his later years. Adrian died at the age of 83 in 1963. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit
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for watching.

Tony wyaad

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62 COMMENTS

  1. JedAnimationStudios Posted on April 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Fantastic, very well done mate, really enjoyed it 🙂

    Reply
  2. DAVY. J.Y. Art with a pen. Posted on May 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    This guy is Captain Scarlet !!

    Reply
  3. Juha Vierinen Posted on May 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    He was a real  BadAss 😀

    Reply
  4. HawkeyeGaming Posted on June 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    This guy I already figured out was unkillable the first minute! Jeez this guy was the terminator

    Reply
  5. RICHY MARK NORMAN Posted on September 13, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Very informative and enjoyable video.Nicely done…cheers

    Reply
  6. Antoinette C.w Posted on November 4, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    il est de ma famille ☺😱

    Reply
  7. Ori The PPM Posted on December 11, 2015 at 5:04 am

    he didnt mantion the hunting hobbit he had …

    Reply
  8. Skye Walker Posted on April 6, 2016 at 1:42 am

    This guy is insane!

    Reply
  9. Lakbay Macatual Posted on April 21, 2016 at 5:15 am

    hahahah

    Reply
  10. Paul TheSkeptic Posted on August 21, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I don't get the biting off his fingers story. Why wouldn't the doctor operate? Maybe he felt that it didn't need amputation and he bit them off anyway. Meh, never liked those fingers.

    Reply
  11. Kalu Bahta™ Posted on August 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Oh My God!

    Reply
  12. yajo891 Posted on September 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    De MC hammer pants are pretty cool

    Reply
  13. Marc Law Posted on October 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Proper stiff upper lip stuff,he carried on regardless of his injuries.

    Reply
  14. MiguelPpM Posted on October 16, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Strong person.

    Reply
  15. Jirapat Thaenphromrat Posted on October 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Holy shit that guy has survived through hell and still died at the age of 83!
    JUST HOW???!!!

    Reply
  16. Mikelis Brown Posted on October 23, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Crazy imperialist bastard. He was made of some tough shit though

    Reply
  17. Henryk Zaleski Posted on November 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Well, done Sir. Thank you for such an excellent job.

    Reply
  18. Fly Past Posted on November 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    That guy just would not give up. And also dam brave

    Reply
  19. Carlos Francisco Pérez-Vela y Dominick Posted on November 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    A soldier's soldier. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  20. Lance B Posted on November 29, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Enjoyed it. Good work!

    Reply
  21. ImmaPopo Posted on December 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    "Frankley, I quite enjoyed the war" i have never heard a line that sounds so stupid yet so brave in my entire life

    Reply
  22. Chris Smith Posted on January 17, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Wheres the movie on this guy

    Reply
  23. lawdog490 Posted on February 11, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Very interesting day today..prior to viewing this I read of a 12 year old who served in the US Navy till he was seriously wounded, and his true age discovered..I than came upon this hero…Sadly I am sure there were many who were like him that we have never heard about,their actions dying with them…Even more sadly there are few like them today…A old Lt. I worked for once had said.."I am afraid the days of iron men in wooden ships has passed"…To those who's fame and bravery we have never heard of..Rest in peace my friends..you earned it…

    Reply
  24. TheStewieOne Posted on April 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    This guy must of had special chair for his giant balls.

    Reply
  25. Kai-fong Chang Posted on April 20, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Sir Adrian is not dead. He is just a Terminator ran out of battery.

    Reply
  26. Anton Smilevsky Posted on May 1, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    This badass was in Lviv. Cool)

    Reply
  27. Robert Wyss Posted on July 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    thank you, amazing story, and very inspiring.

    Reply
  28. ocantu1987 Posted on July 31, 2017 at 3:35 am

    wow the eye patch reminded me of big boss and he has the military achievements to be a real life "Big Boss" from Metal Gear Solid

    Reply
  29. Bird Up Posted on August 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    The only man who could take on Chuck Norris.

    Reply
  30. Julien S. Posted on October 2, 2017 at 4:55 am

    This dude had an eyepatch?! This is the second war hero I know of that has a patch. (The first being Leo major. look him up.)

    Reply
  31. Sergio Milho Posted on October 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Old age killed him…..

    Reply
  32. Melissa Young Posted on November 7, 2017 at 6:58 am

    He does look like big boss from metal gear

    Reply
  33. Bill Does Stuff Posted on November 15, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Damn, that was interesting. This guy was pretty amazing.

    Reply
  34. Eastbound and Down Posted on December 5, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Chiang Kai-Shek yes technically held the rank of general, but its just a weird way to introduce him considering he was the Chinese president, It's like if you were to Introduce Winston Churchill as the Minister of Defense or Roosevelt as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. It has the effect of presenting the Idea that Chang Kai-Shek was just some general representing Chinese Nationalist Interests to the Allies as opposed to the leader of the Chinese Republic.

    Reply
  35. Steve cooper Posted on January 19, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    What an Officer and Gentleman.

    Reply
  36. Jim O'Ryan. Posted on May 6, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Thats a bad mofo.

    Reply
  37. btannen777 Posted on May 18, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Very interesting.

    Reply
  38. The Don Posted on May 24, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Sounds like a whole lot of bad luck. Lol.

    Reply
  39. dominik cruz will dethrone conor Posted on September 4, 2018 at 3:16 am

    I heard he kept a bear rug in his living room, it wasn't dead, it was just to scared to move.

    Reply
  40. canon isensys Posted on September 4, 2018 at 10:21 am

    he's the real life big boss

    Reply
  41. VaucluseVanguard Posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Had this man been a General in any other Army in the world, the national TV broadcaster and movie makers would have mad e documentaries and films about him. But not the left dominated UK media. Most British people will never have head of him.

    Reply
  42. John Ashtone Posted on September 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    What a guy, and proving that Belgium does produce some great people. The pic at 4:02 sums him up, but then it was Cecil Beaton, that just caps his career on top of the VC?

    Reply
  43. nuff said Posted on September 15, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    he was a fkn avator.

    Reply
  44. M. Swaiti666 Posted on September 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    God Mode in wars is real!

    Reply
  45. ايهاب عبد الصمد Posted on October 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    مش فاهم حاجة
    اكلم عربى احسن ولا مش عارف

    Reply
  46. David Harrison Posted on October 8, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    now thats a man . rip

    Reply
  47. Wendell Fugate Posted on January 6, 2019 at 2:25 am

    What a charger! A complete and utter champion.

    Reply
  48. Marina Posted on February 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Only man that can fight shaggy at 100%.

    Reply
  49. Kevin Bill Posted on February 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    It's a great shame he wasn't given command at Singapore to prepare the place before the Japanese attacked.

    Reply
  50. Meskelil Uk Posted on February 27, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    BIG BOSS !! Snake snake Ssssnaaaak !!!!!!

    Reply
  51. Charles Lyster Posted on March 4, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I gave up at the point where you decided you did not need to pronounce even your subject’s NAME correctly.

    Reply
  52. Patrick S Posted on March 7, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Unbelievable. But even heroes nod sometimes – "Coming down stairs, he slipped on coconut matting, fell down, broke several vertebrae, and knocked himself unconscious.".

    Reply
  53. lapua lapua Posted on April 22, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Hollywood making a movie about De Wiart and his team as POWS and the great escape!

    Reply
  54. Dorian Philotheates Posted on May 17, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Let’s hear it for, Lt.Gen. Sir Adrian de Wiart: hip, hip…bloody good show, eh wot?

    Reply
  55. Joxide Armageddonator Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    when he retired Churchill should have awarded him the title of Big Boss

    Reply
  56. River Smith Posted on June 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

    What a fighter!!
    Rare grit. Most impressive.
    RIP old chap.

    Reply
  57. Micheal Prendergast Posted on July 4, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Survived 6 plane crashes.

    Reply
  58. Will Fox Posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    The British Milan Astray

    Reply
  59. prince charming Posted on September 9, 2019 at 10:12 am

    With great powers comes great pussy ..ha ha

    Reply
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