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