Courtesy of a discussion on foreignpolicy.com and for your reading enjoyment, a man whose real life puts Dos Equis's spokesman's invented exploits to shame.

Adrian Carton de Wiart

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I don't think "interesting" is a strong enough word for this guy. Thanks for sharing.

Wow.  That is all.

Citizen Kane clapping

That's one heck of a find.

"bloody gigolo suits"

I love that man. Amazing.

Not sure I'd agree.  I'm sure he'd have some interesting stories but other than fighting, no depth; a one dimensional person so to speak.

He admits that he didn't fight for honor, country, or family but simply to fight.  There are people that are like that now-adays and we call them psychotic personalities.  He simply found a legal outlet for his psychosis.  You have to wonder what his life would be like if lived in 'modern' times.

I hit this article too enthusiastically, and ended up feeling disappointed.

Aside from being a charismatic, tough sonavabitch, all I saw was a society-sanctioned psychopath. Glad I am not the only one here.

Interesting indeed, but not in a way I would seek to have him give inspiration to any man today.

Reminds me of Odysseus who comes home from war and can only solve problems using violence.

Odysseus came home to clean some house... Da man!

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  He appears to have been one hell of a carpenter.

Fantastic career, although he definitely imbued the "Boys' Own Story" type of mindset found in the British elite of the late Victorian/early Edwardian era.  Not to denigrate the man, an obviously brave and skillful individual, but he enjoyed an extremely fortuitous physical life, what with all the combat wounds and a broken back that would have invalided or killed most men.  Definitely an opinionated fighter, and from the same school that invented the Boy Scouts (incidentally started by another British cavalry officer).

I love that line "We are told the pen is mightier than the sword, but we know which of these weapons i would choose". 

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