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Lord Lovat talks about the D-Day landings
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFRLORDLOVAT_13
PLACENAME
Beauly
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmorack
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Simon Fraser, 17th Lord Lovat
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
41161
KEYWORDS
Commandos
Commandoes
armed forces
Second World War
agriculture
laird
lairds
movie
movies
audio

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Simon Fraser, commonly known as the 17th Lord Lovat, (1911-1995), was the 25th Chief of the Clan Fraser and a prominent British Commando during World War II. He was seriously wounded during the invasion of Normandy in 1944 but went on to make a full recovery. In the post-war period he devoted much of his time to politics and looking after the family estates in the Beauly district.

In this audio extract, taken from an interview with Sam Marshall for Moray Firth Radio, Lord Lovat comments on the immortalisation of his character in a Hollywood film of 1962.

Interviewer: There was a film made about the D-Day landings called 'The Longest Day'.

Lord Lovat: Yes, yes, that was rather a mixed blessing, I thought.

Interviewer: In that picture you're depicted as being piped across one of the Orne Bridges, and unscathed by bombshell or bullet. What was the true story of that, Lord Lovat?

Lord Lovat: Well, I think it was true up to a point. All those things in films are rather over-exaggerated but we did have to land on the morning of D-Day in my brigade - I was a Brigadier by this time and I had the Five Commandoes serving with me - and we had to break through to the Orne Canal and the Orne Bridge over the River Orne, and that had been seized the night before by the Sixth Airborne Division; parachuted in and gliders came too, and glided and parachuted into that area - they had to seize the bridges intact. And they did in fact capture them. The canal bridge was the most important one, and that was where I joined up with them two hours after landing, which was about six miles inland but first we had to fight our way through the coastal defences, which was called the Atlantic Wall, which wasn't as bad as all that, and then get up to the bridge, so I did have to cross the bridge and I did have a piper with me. [Laughter]. Everyone else came too, so it wasn't anything very remarkable on my part'

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Lord Lovat talks about the D-Day landings

INVERNESS: Kilmorack

1980s

Commandos; Commandoes; armed forces; Second World War; agriculture; laird; lairds; movie; movies; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Lord Lovat

Simon Fraser, commonly known as the 17th Lord Lovat, (1911-1995), was the 25th Chief of the Clan Fraser and a prominent British Commando during World War II. He was seriously wounded during the invasion of Normandy in 1944 but went on to make a full recovery. In the post-war period he devoted much of his time to politics and looking after the family estates in the Beauly district. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract, taken from an interview with Sam Marshall for Moray Firth Radio, Lord Lovat comments on the immortalisation of his character in a Hollywood film of 1962.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: There was a film made about the D-Day landings called 'The Longest Day'.<br /> <br /> Lord Lovat: Yes, yes, that was rather a mixed blessing, I thought.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: In that picture you're depicted as being piped across one of the Orne Bridges, and unscathed by bombshell or bullet. What was the true story of that, Lord Lovat?<br /> <br /> Lord Lovat: Well, I think it was true up to a point. All those things in films are rather over-exaggerated but we did have to land on the morning of D-Day in my brigade - I was a Brigadier by this time and I had the Five Commandoes serving with me - and we had to break through to the Orne Canal and the Orne Bridge over the River Orne, and that had been seized the night before by the Sixth Airborne Division; parachuted in and gliders came too, and glided and parachuted into that area - they had to seize the bridges intact. And they did in fact capture them. The canal bridge was the most important one, and that was where I joined up with them two hours after landing, which was about six miles inland but first we had to fight our way through the coastal defences, which was called the Atlantic Wall, which wasn't as bad as all that, and then get up to the bridge, so I did have to cross the bridge and I did have a piper with me. [Laughter]. Everyone else came too, so it wasn't anything very remarkable on my part'