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OUR D-DAY: MY D-DAY - Bill Millin.

NAME: Bill Millin

AGE: 81

RANK: Piper

REGT: 1st Commando Brigade

FROM: Dawlish, Devon

I LANDED on Sword Beach and played my bagpipes to inspire the lads. And d'you know? I felt not a flicker of fear.

I wasn't frightened because I was too busy playing my pipes. I was unarmed apart from the dirk in my sock and I was pretty conspicuous in my kilt as I marched up and down the beach playing Highland Laddie.

Around half the 1,400 men who waded ashore with me were killed so I reckon I was lucky to get through it. The closest I came was when my pipes were hit by shrapnel from a mortar round. I just pulled out a spare set of pipes from my rucksack and carried on playing.

I was the only piper playing in action. I was in front of the troops all the way and I played the whole day on the beach, up to Pegasus Bridge and beyond.

They used my pipe-playing on the soundtrack to the film The Longest Day. It was certainly that.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2004
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