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    Battle of El Alamein

    Is it true that there were bagpippers playing as the British marched on the German positions in North Africa?

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    The Highland Division advanced along a line a mile and a half wide, the men spaced five metres apart to make it more difficult for the enemy machine gunners to locate them, a separation that could make a man feel all alone in the smoke, dust and cacophony of the battlefield. To stiffen their resolve, Wimberly sent them off with the exhortation, “Scotland for ever and second to none”, and to each company, he attached a kilted piper, the skirl of the bagpipes piercing the noise of the bombardment and providing an emotional tie between the men and their homeland.Amongst the regiments of the Highland Division was a battalion of the Black Watch, a proud regiment, raised shortly after the Jacobite rebellion to “watch” the Highlands, “black” because of their dark green tartan. 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perdix View Post
    The Highland Division advanced along a line a mile and a half wide, the men spaced five metres apart to make it more difficult for the enemy machine gunners to locate them, a separation that could make a man feel all alone in the smoke, dust and cacophony of the battlefield. To stiffen their resolve, Wimberly sent them off with the exhortation, “Scotland for ever and second to none”, and to each company, he attached a kilted piper, the skirl of the bagpipes piercing the noise of the bombardment and providing an emotional tie between the men and their homeland.Amongst the regiments of the Highland Division was a battalion of the Black Watch, a proud regiment, raised shortly after the Jacobite rebellion to “watch” the Highlands, “black” because of their dark green tartan. 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.
    Taken from wilderness-ventures-egypt.com
    As a Scottish descent American (last name Walker) this is totally bad ass. I was just watching this on Military Channel and thought it was very powerful. I got chills....long live Montgomery!

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    And I bet when his mates caught up with the machine gunner they didn't get done for bloomin murder when they shot the b4st4rd!
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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    And I bet when his mates caught up with the machine gunner they didn't get done for bloomin murder when they shot the b4st4rd!
    Well said Limulus

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    Quote Originally Posted by UTGrad View Post
    As a Scottish descent American (last name Walker) this is totally bad ass. I was just watching this on Military Channel and thought it was very powerful. I got chills....long live Montgomery!
    ​My Grandfather was Black Watch.Makes me very proud of ALL those that gave it all in conflicts through the ages

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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    And I bet when his mates caught up with the machine gunner they didn't get done for bloomin murder when they shot the b4st4rd!
    tusker

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    Most of us Southern Americans are of Scottish, English and some Irish descent. Note my avatar. This was the flag of the short lived Confederate States of America that seceded from the USA 1861-1865. The cross in the flag represented our common ancestory with the British Isles. Down South we own guns and believe in God and we are respectful...just how it should be.

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    Hi UTGrad.
    I seem to recall that a Piper Played going up the Beach at Normandy. A quick search names the Fellow as Bill Millin. Hats off to them paticulary at this time of year.

    We wear Red Poppies at this time of Year to show Respect for and to remember those lost in Battle.

    Yorkie.

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    Excellent. A bit of history. Love it.

    Yes, there's also a Lt. Col. Jack Churchill, a Commando officer who always carried a Scottish broadsword and a longbow into battle in WW2 as well as bagpipes. He initiated an attack on a German position near Salerno, Italy in 1943 by shooting the German sergeant with his longbow. The last time one was used in anger in war! He played the bagpipes walking up the beach at the Allied landings at Catania and Salerno.

    In 1941, in a raid on a German garrison at Vagsoy, Norway, the front went down on the landing craft and he leapt forward playing "March of the Cameron Men" on his bagpipes before giving a nod to modern weapons and leapt into the affray by throwing a grenade.

    You couldn't make it up!

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