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(Telegraph)   D-Day observances would not be complete without remembering "mad bastard" Piper Bill Millin   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 42
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2014-06-06 12:42:01 PM  
Unarmed.

Except for the weapon of war under his left arm.
 
2014-06-06 01:56:21 PM  
Wasn't he in the movie with the Rock and that hot chick from Clerks II?
 
2014-06-06 02:00:03 PM  

vudukungfu: Wasn't he in the movie with the Rock and that hot chick from Clerks II?


No, this is the first Dr Who  companion starting with the ninth.
 
2014-06-06 02:02:14 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-06 02:04:25 PM  
I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.
 
2014-06-06 02:05:42 PM  

iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.


The article states that German POWs said precisely that.
 
2014-06-06 02:09:28 PM  

cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.


Plus, you'd figure the German defenders would be more concerned with firing at the guys shooting at  them.  Unarmed piper guy was obviously not a threat, so why waste ammo and attention on him when you've got more pressing concerns?

Either way though, he's brave as hell for walking around unarmed on a WWII battlefield while playing music.
 
2014-06-06 02:10:36 PM  
 
2014-06-06 02:11:46 PM  

cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.


Let me understand this concept of war you people have on this planet.

You go to battle and only shoot to kill those who are deemed to be sane?
 
2014-06-06 02:12:48 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Unarmed.

Except for the weapon of war under his left arm.


It's a good tactic, most people would rather face their death then stand around listening to the bagpipes.
 
2014-06-06 02:13:39 PM  

vudukungfu: cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.

Let me understand this concept of war you people have on this planet.

You go to battle and only shoot to kill those who are deemed to be sane?


Saves on ammunition.
 
2014-06-06 02:14:02 PM  

cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.


Playing the bagpipes around a bunch of people with high powered weapons?  You'd have to be farking daft.
 
2014-06-06 02:14:19 PM  

vudukungfu: cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.

Let me understand this concept of war you people have on this planet.

You go to battle and only shoot to kill those who are deemed to be sane?


Nazis were opposed to sanity.
 
2014-06-06 02:15:05 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Plus, you'd figure the German defenders would be more concerned with firing at the guys shooting at  them.  Unarmed piper guy was obviously not a threat, so why waste ammo and attention on him when you've got more pressing concerns?


Not a threat? He was making them listen to the bagpipes.
 
2014-06-06 02:18:31 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Unarmed.

Except for the weapon of war under his left arm.


And His Sigan Dubh  no true scotsman goes anywhere without that.

 And yet he must have unleashed holy terror on those poor Germans.

Imagine the scene:

They are peering out of thier pillboxes seeing the greatest flotilla ever assembled in the history of the world bearing down on them   Machine Guns are chattering, rockets are firing bug guns are thumping  and then they hear a pipe tune wafting over the din and think "Vas in Gott's name are they DOING to that poor poor cat?"

took the fight right out of them, i bet
 
2014-06-06 02:18:34 PM  
So a d6 of sonic damage in what, a 300 foot radius?

/Scots have natural immunity
//Will save at dc16 or Rage
 
2014-06-06 02:19:01 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Unarmed.

Except for the weapon of war under his left arm.


I think a Scotsman would say his real weapon is under his kilt.
 
2014-06-06 02:19:08 PM  

vudukungfu: cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.

Let me understand this concept of war you people have on this planet.

You go to battle and only shoot to kill those who are deemed to be sane?


I watched a documentary on the Civil War the other day. Basically, when it comes right down to it, some people can't hurt other people. The example they used is that many discarded muskets had been loaded multiple times.

In other words; some people were pretending to fire their muskets along with everybody else. The reason they are so sure about this conclusion is; if you have a musket pan flash, you only have to reprime the pan, not load a new round and powder. The soldiers of the time were trained fairly well; so it wasn't an accident.

/ people are weird
 
2014-06-06 02:19:14 PM  
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I will kill that man. I don't care how many bullets they feather me with, how many bayonets they run through me - I will kill that bagpiping coont before I fall!
 
2014-06-06 02:20:05 PM  

cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.


The Germans also believed it was bad luck to shoot a bagpiper ever since their experience in North Africa with them.
 
2014-06-06 02:20:42 PM  

vudukungfu: cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.

Let me understand this concept of war you people have on this planet.

You go to battle and only shoot to kill those who are deemed to be sane?


'why the Irish are such ferocious fighters  As Wordswrth observed "pity the poor Irish, for god has made them mad, All their wars are merry and all their songs are sad"
 
2014-06-06 02:27:17 PM  
Wifey and I are going to watch Band of Bros today in remembrance.

//is this a flag flying day?
 
2014-06-06 02:33:56 PM  
Michael de Sandoval would have been proud to call this man his ancestor.  Shai Dorsai!
 
2014-06-06 02:35:14 PM  
D-Day Trifecta in Play
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-06 02:36:47 PM  
Piper Bill Millin? Did his friends call him Billie Piper?

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-06 02:44:27 PM  

iheartscotch: vudukungfu: cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.

Let me understand this concept of war you people have on this planet.

You go to battle and only shoot to kill those who are deemed to be sane?

I watched a documentary on the Civil War the other day. Basically, when it comes right down to it, some people can't hurt other people. The example they used is that many discarded muskets had been loaded multiple times.

In other words; some people were pretending to fire their muskets along with everybody else. The reason they are so sure about this conclusion is; if you have a musket pan flash, you only have to reprime the pan, not load a new round and powder. The soldiers of the time were trained fairly well; so it wasn't an accident.

/ people are weird


Actually that it probably most people.  Ask most vets if they killed anyone during a war (because you are an asshole like that) and they will mostly tell you "I don't know but I hope not"

Most of the time when you are fighting you are praying bullets towards the eney and have no idea whether any find their target, I read recently that in Afghanistan for example we've expended about 1/4 MILLION bullets for each casualty we've inflicted.

It's why when I decide once long ago that If I joined the military I would have to be a sniper.   I don;t want to ever lie to myself about whom I am or what I have done, I want to KNOW
 
2014-06-06 02:49:10 PM  

Magorn: iheartscotch: vudukungfu: cgraves67: iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.

The article states that German POWs said precisely that.

Let me understand this concept of war you people have on this planet.

You go to battle and only shoot to kill those who are deemed to be sane?

I watched a documentary on the Civil War the other day. Basically, when it comes right down to it, some people can't hurt other people. The example they used is that many discarded muskets had been loaded multiple times.

In other words; some people were pretending to fire their muskets along with everybody else. The reason they are so sure about this conclusion is; if you have a musket pan flash, you only have to reprime the pan, not load a new round and powder. The soldiers of the time were trained fairly well; so it wasn't an accident.

/ people are weird

Actually that it probably most people.  Ask most vets if they killed anyone during a war (because you are an asshole like that) and they will mostly tell you "I don't know but I hope not"

Most of the time when you are fighting you are praying bullets towards the eney and have no idea whether any find their target, I read recently that in Afghanistan for example we've expended about 1/4 MILLION bullets for each casualty we've inflicted.

It's why when I decide once long ago that If I joined the military I would have to be a sniper.   I don;t want to ever lie to myself about whom I am or what I have done, I want to KNOW


That why drone operators have higher rates of PTSD then groundpounders. All of their kills are confirmed.
 
2014-06-06 03:00:15 PM  

thatboyoverthere: That why drone operators have higher rates of PTSD then groundpounders. All of their kills are confirmed.


If you look at the statistics from the V.A most of the people that have PTSD never even set foot in a foreign country, PTSD doesn't always have to be combat driven, in fact less than 15% of our military even sets foot in a foreign country - LET alone fire a weapon.
I have two identical neighbors, both served in the Navy for over 10 years, one was Vietnam (USS Hancock in 65) the other served on USS George Washington in the 90s. One was a Chef and the other was a Medic for Marines. Neither seen "combat", neither were shot at, however both were deployed to Vietnam/Iraq Freedom, both suffer from high levels of PTSD from accidents on decks (on the Hancock, one sailor had both legs severed when the arresting gear malfunctioned and snapped). Ask the vietnam vet if he seen combat, he says flat out "Nope", but the stress of losing a deck mate like that is the reality of the military.

Most kids that sign up don't expect to be deployed, in most cases they are not - however PTSD hits everyone in a different way, I was deployed in 03 I have not had any sleepless nights or stress, then again the argument has been going on forever - Shell shock, Battle Fatigue etc now PTSD.
Yes i lost people I know, I've seen some really bad situations, but I somehow managed to deal with it unlike some people - not saying in any way I am "Better" - I am not accusing vets of lying about having PTSD either, its simply some people deal with it and some can't.

/for that matter, now I think about it, its probably why some people would say I am a cold hearted son of a biatch that has no feelings, which is pretty much true.
 
2014-06-06 03:01:21 PM  
Having read that, I can only conclude that Lord Lovat was secretly sleeping with Millin's wife and was trying to get him killed.
 
2014-06-06 03:08:20 PM  
nothing to add
got a chill reading that
that, and the ice-cream truck they landed
 
2014-06-06 03:13:55 PM  

Purple_Jack: Having read that, I can only conclude that Lord Lovat was secretly sleeping with Millin's wife and was trying to get him killed.


How biblical.
 
2014-06-06 03:14:08 PM  
It's a wonder anyone could hear the pipes over the clanging of his big brass balls
 
2014-06-06 03:23:03 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Unarmed.

Except for the weapon of war under his left arm.


Proof that weapons of mass destruction were used on D-Day.
 
2014-06-06 03:27:45 PM  
Also invented the Wooly Bully

www.awesomeoff.com
 
2014-06-06 03:34:14 PM  

tjsands1118: Tr0mBoNe: Unarmed.

Except for the weapon of war under his left arm.

It's a good tactic, most people would rather face their death then stand around listening to the bagpipes.


BOOURNS!!!!
 
2014-06-06 03:49:27 PM  
Why is everyone stuttering over the word "day" lately?
 
2014-06-06 03:56:38 PM  

SonOfSpam: Why is everyone stuttering over the word "day" lately?


t.qkme.me
 
2014-06-06 04:11:20 PM  
RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper.

xfl.perdomoconsulting.com

You served our troops well that fateful day.
 
2014-06-06 04:18:11 PM  

Warthog: SonOfSpam: Why is everyone stuttering over the word "day" lately?


So Simple Jack is Mad Bastard Bill's grandson?
 
2014-06-06 04:53:21 PM  
that should teach those Germans for bombing pearl harbour.
 
2014-06-06 09:53:50 PM  

iheartscotch: I imagine the Germans thought he was crazy, and didn't shoot him.


He was wearing the Ghost Shirt.
 
2014-06-07 12:13:54 AM  

Magorn: Tr0mBoNe: Unarmed.

Except for the weapon of war under his left arm.

And His Sigan Dubh  no true scotsman goes anywhere without that.

 And yet he must have unleashed holy terror on those poor Germans.

Imagine the scene:

They are peering out of thier pillboxes seeing the greatest flotilla ever assembled in the history of the world bearing down on them   Machine Guns are chattering, rockets are firing bug guns are thumping  and then they hear a pipe tune wafting over the din and think "Vas in Gott's name are they DOING to that poor poor cat?"

took the fight right out of them, i bet


Dad told me pipers unnerved Germans because they were scared of Scottish troops, who apparently liked fighting way too much.  Knife fights.
 
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