Reblogging: Bill Millin, the “Mad Piper” of D-Day: A Remembrance of Sixty-Nine Years Ago This Week

A wonderful story of a terrible and terrifying day 70 years ago that eventually led to the beginning of the end of World War II.

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JONATHAN TURLEY

Submitted by Charlton Stanley (Otteray Scribe) guest blogger

Image Pvt. Bill Millin with his pipes
6 June 1944, Sword Beach, Normandy

June 6 marks the anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, and the beginning of the end for World War II. Thousands of scared kids racing though red-stained sea water onto red-stained sand. Some made it off the beach that day, and some never even made it out of the water onto dry land. Of all those thousands of scared kids, there was one that stood out from most of the rest. Twenty-one year-old Private Bill Millin, “The Mad Piper of D-Day.”  He was assigned to the Highland Light Infantry, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, No. 4 Commando. On that fateful day, he was personal piper to Brigadier Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade. When he was assigned to pipe the troops ashore, Private…

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