Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

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Re: Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

Post by PF » 20 Oct 2017 02:46


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Re: Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

Post by PF » 20 Oct 2017 02:48

and then there is the story of Mad jack Churchill....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill

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Re: Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

Post by Sheldrake » 20 Oct 2017 14:24

Prosper Vandenbroucke wrote:Lord Lovat ordered Private Bill Millin to play Hielan' Laddie, a tune also known as Highland Laddie. Private Millin declined, reminding his commanding officer that it was against British War Office regulations. Lord Lovat replied, "Ah, but that’s the English War Office. You and I are both Scottish, and that doesn’t apply." So Bill Millin played the ancient march as the troops waded ashore on Sword Beach. Later, he led them down the beach, piping Road to the Isles.
Bill Millin was amazed that he was not shot. Not only did he play standing up, but with his great highland bagpipes skirling over the noise of battle, he was hard to ignore. Some time later, captured German soldiers told him they did not shoot him because they thought he was just a crazy man.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2011/6/6/982703/-
It’s correct. That’s the same story that Bill Millin told to me in 2009 when I met him personally in Normandy
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Prosper :wink: :wink:
You can hear Millin talking about piping in battle here
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80011361

and hear him piping here
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80032448

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Re: Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

Post by Bren » 03 Nov 2017 02:17

Bren wrote:The Camerons were piped into Dieppe with 'March of the Cameron Men' ...
I might have misremembered something here as I found another anecdote;

"The Camerons, travelling in twenty-five LCL(L)s from Newhaven, landed half an hour late at 0550 hours, as a result of a navigational error. With the enemy now fully alert, still manning untaken positions that covered the beach, Lieutenant Colonel Gostling and his men received the full effect of the enemy's fire. With Piper Alex Graham playing 'The Hundred Pipers' standing on the bow of a landing craft, shells starting bursting around the Camerons during the final run-in ..."

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Re: Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

Post by Higham » 20 Dec 2017 08:58

The King’s Own Scottish Borderers had a bagpipe playing on the Landing Zones at Arnhem, albeit it wasn’t a contested landing on day one of the operation.

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Re: Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

Post by Sheldrake » 20 Dec 2017 10:28

At El Alamein the highland Division went into battle with a piper with each company according to this.
https://pipingpress.com/tag/el-alamein-pipers/

"As one of their companies approached a machine gun post, the merciless fire hit their piper, Duncan MacIntyre, but he carried on playing and broke into the regimental march, ‘Highland Laddie’. As the assault continued, Duncan was hit again, this time fatally, but he carried on playing until his breath gave out. The following morning he was found with his pipes still under his arm, his fingers on the chanter. He was 28 years old."

Heroic stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj8KD7Y6n4E

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Re: Bagpipes at war. What songs were played at the battlefield?

Post by Richard Sands » 27 Jul 2018 12:30

At El Alamein 5th Queens Own Cameron Highlanders were played into the attack with "Inverness Gathering". Inverness being the home of the regiment. The various regiments have their own regimental marches. One of the Camerons being "March of the Cameron men". Black bear was invariably played when nearing their return to base. My Father always said it would make you march as if you were just starting out, rather than just returning feeling dog tired.

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