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D-Day piper to be honoured by the French

A Second World War veteran who played the bagpipes on the Normandy beach during the D-Day landings 65 years ago is to be honoured by French officials for his role in liberating them from Nazi Germany.

Bill Millin, now 86, tried to raise the morale of incoming troops with his tunes, as shells exploded overhead and machinegun fire raked Sword Beach.

The picture of the 21-year-old commando became one of the enduring images of the landings which paved the way to Hitler's defeat in the Second World War.

Now he is to be immortalised in a life-sized statue by the people of Colleville Montgomery, which he helped to liberate in 1944. . .

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Lord Lovat countermanded the orders of higher-ups that Millin was not to play. From the movie the Longest Day -

A YouTube viewer writes that the tunes Millin played on that longest day were "Hieland Laddie" stepping off the landing craft, "Road to the Isles" on Sword Beach, then at the Pegasus Bridge it was "All the Blue Bonnets Are Over the Border" followed by a very brief "Nut Brown Maiden" he played for some French Ladies, cut short by a heavy mortar barrage.

Comments (3)

Many thanks for yet another thoughtful and thought-provoking post! Also, were my eyes deceiving me or did the film clip contain an impossibly young Sean Connery? All best wishes, MM

Cat:

Were my eyes deceiving me or did the film clip contain an impossibly young Sean Connery?

Your eyes were not deceiving you. And I believe young Connery is the bloke who says, 'Yeah, it takes an Irishman to play the pipes'!

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

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