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September 21 2005 at 9:16 AM
Michael Dorosh 


Response to Pipes in the field

I'd suggest that in the field, the pipes were probably kept in storage with A or B Echelon. The Pipe Major of the Calgary Highlanders had his bagpipes blown up when an ammunition truck was hit during the assault on Hill 67 in July 1944; he was travelling with the RSM at the time, well behind the lines. Four pipers did accompany the rifle companies into action - their first on active service - but it was also the last time the pipers played into action.

The band assembled for the memorial parade in Dieppe on 3 September, and bagpipes are mentioned being used at Christmas and New Years in the Nijmegen Salient. They may also have been used at mess dinners for the officers during this period.

Other than that, they don't seem to be mentioned much in the war diary or official histories of the Regiment.

 
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