The sister thread to this one http://www.navy-net.co.uk/diamond-lils/55775-did-you-know.html but with checkable facts. This thread has come about because Monty made a throwaway comment about Himmler of all people. Reinhard Heidrich (head of the SD and effectively Himmler's 2IC) was an accomplished violinist, an Olympic standard fencer and saw combat as a fighter pilot over the Russian front in WWII. Winston Churchill took part in the very last cavalry charge ever involving British horse, commanded a Battalion (briefly) in WWI on the western front and had a tattoo of an anchor on his arm. Any others?