Or the bagpiper.
The Germans didn’t, there on Sword Beach on D-Day, because they thought he was clean out of his head. His simple explanation: “When you’re young, you do things you wouldn’t dream of doing when you’re older.”
Q.: If you were in, not just a war zone but the spearhead of a pitched amphibious assault, and your commanding officer asked whether you would wade ashore into machine-gun and artillery fire and play “Highland Laddie” and “Road to the Isles,” your answer would be:
A. Are you feeling the sun, sir?
B. Respectfully request you sod off, sir.
C. Do you want me to march up and down?
I almost missed this obituary piece in today’s New York Times, about the man whose answer was “C”.
Do they make them like that any more?