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The ‘Mad’ Bagpiper of D-Day

He marched fearlessly up and down the beach on June 6, 1944, playing as gunfire raged all around him

Piper Bill Millin playing for fellow soldiers in 1944 / Credit: Public domain via Imperial War Museum

Like great novelists, great war correspondents know that people make the story. One who never forgot it was Cornelius Ryan, the Dublin-born reporter and author of the classic account of the invasion of Normandy, The Longest Day: June 6, 1944 (Simon &…



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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.