In an old blog of mine I quoted this paragraph where Robert Graves saved his life by an unconscious reaction. I am interested to know of other examples either in literature or people’s own experience.
Another similar situation was Shackleton’s voyage to South Georgia.
One day, walking along a trench at Cambrin, I suddenly dropped flat on my face; two seconds later a whizzbang struck the back of the trench exactly where my head had been The sergent who was with me walking a few steps ahead, turned round; ‘Are you killed, sir?’ The shell was fired from a battery near Les Brigues Farm, only a thousand yards away, so that I must have reacted simultaneously with the explosion of the gun. How did I know that the shell would be coming my way?
Robert Graves Goodbye to All That