Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I ran across this in the process of looking up some details on the life of the legendary Scottish commando leader from WWII, Lord Lovat. Here is a picture taken on August 19, 1942:

Lovat and the 4th Commando are returning from a raid on Dieppe.

Less than two years later, Lovat was at Sword Beach on D-Day:

They say that's him, wading through the surf, just to the right of the main column, and carrying an old Winchester rifle. In the foreground is the bagpiper of the 4th Commando, Bill Millin. In defiance of strict orders to the contrary, Lovat had Millin pipe the men ashore. Lovat was badly wounded six days later. He survived the war and died in 1995. Millin also survived the war. He played the pipes at Lovat's funeral.

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