During the beach of Normandy invasion, there was a guy just playing a bagpipe up and down the beach!
Bill Millin walked up and down the beach in the middle of the Normandy invasion playing the bagpipes. The guy wasn’t shot down by snipers, because they thought he was mad. A statue of Millin playing the bagpipes was erected in France.
The statue wasn’t to commemorate Millin, per se, but to commemorate those who fought and died on the beach of Normandy to liberate Europe. Millin was of the British Army and born in Canada. Pipers had traditionally been used in battle by Scottish and Irish soldiers.
However, the use of bagpipes was restricted to rear areas by the time of the Second World War by the British Army. His commander, nevertheless, ignored these orders and ordered Millin, then aged 21, to play. When Private Millin demurred, citing the regulations, he recalled later, the commander replied: “Ah, but that’s the English War Office.
You and I are both Scottish, and that doesn’t apply.” He played "Hielan' Laddie" and "The Road to the Isles" as his comrades fell around him on Sword Beach. Millin states that he later talked to captured German snipers who claimed they did not shoot at him because they thought he was crazy.