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My old gramps did exactly that on D-Day. As he flew back from bombing the Merville-Franceville battery he saw the armada on it's way from his turret. Old boy died last year. His log book entry fr

A senior officer approached Lord Lovat on the beach and told him the Paras had captured the bridges. Lovat then turned to me and said, "Give us a tune, piper." The whole situation was ridiculous.

My old man was a 'spark' in the Royal Navy and was on one of the landing crafts taking the troops in, said he thought he'd never see his mother again, he's still going strong 94 now

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On ‎06‎/‎06‎/‎2019 at 09:44, OceanRain said:

A senior officer approached Lord Lovat on the beach and told him the Paras had captured the bridges. Lovat then turned to me and said, "Give us a tune, piper."

The whole situation was ridiculous. It was bad enough the three of us standing on the beach amidst all the shell fire when we should have been lying down somewhere. Now he was asking me to play the pipes.

So I thought, I may as well be ridiculous too and I asked, "What tune would you like, sir?"

"The Road To The Isles," said Lovat.

"I suppose you'd like me to march up and down while I do it, sir?"

"Excellent," he said. "That would be lovely."

So I marched up and down along the shore playing the pipes. I could see the bodies in the water, moving in and out with the tide. At one point, I remember a sergeant running past me and shouting, "Are you fucking mad? Every bloody German in France is shooting at us!" But I ignored him and kept marching because there were other Commandos - French and British - cheering me on as I went.

Years later, I met the German officer who was commanding that area during the landings and I asked him, why didn't anyone shoot me? I was right at the front. Why wasn't I killed? He said, "We thought you were 'dumbkopf' (crazy)." I didn't know it but that's what the Germans had nicknamed me - der Verrückt Dudelsack Pfeiffer, which means, The Mad Piper.

I didn't think I was doing anything great that day. It was my job. I was a piper.

- Piper Bill Millin

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There is a good little youtube article on him, some man, what these guys done as normal just seems off the scale mad now that's when men were men and brave as fuck.

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William Dunsmore served in the Royal Artillery and armed forces charity.

S.S.A.F.A has launched a heart breaking appeal for people to attend his funeral as they fear it may only be attended by a couple of council officials as William had no remaining relatives.

It is to be held at Craigton Crematorium on Thursday June 13th at 10.30 a.m.

 

Rest easy William.

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