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Bill Millin, Scottish D-Day Piper, Dies at 88

20 Aug

With German troops raking the beach with artillery and machine-gun fire, the young piper played on as his fellow soldiers advanced through smoke and flame on the German positions, or fell on the beach. The scene provided an emotional high point in “The Longest Day.”

Amplify’d from www.nytimes.com
Bill Millin, a Scottish bagpiper who played highland tunes as his fellow commandos landed on a Normandy beach on D-Day and lived to see his bravado immortalized in the 1962 film “The Longest Day,” died on Wednesday in a hospital in the western England county of Devon. He was 88.Read more at www.nytimes.com
 

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One response to “Bill Millin, Scottish D-Day Piper, Dies at 88

  1. urdead2me

    August 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    RIP – Piper Bill Millin, 88, was ordered to play his bagpipes to boost the morale of the British Army while the Germans were picking off his comrades on the shore of Sword Beach. It was D-Day. And although it was tough, he played. http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/rip-bill-millin/

     

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