Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. A story, about a little-known invasion attempt during ww2, begins after the photo.
Genre: Speculative Fiction/Humor
During ww2, the invasion of France was so critical to the allied war effort, yet so challenging, many otherwise insane ideas were tried out. Floating tanks and a fake army made of inflatable tanks, were just a few the “funnies” the allies considered. In fact, there was more than one invasion attempt upon the continent of Europe. One of the least-known involved time travel.
Ian and Jean-Baptiste sat on the beach, chests heaving. Though both were Olympic-calibre scullers, crossing the English Channel in a sculling boat challenged even their impressive skills. They looked at their slender craft with awe and wonderment, amazed they were still alive.
“I still don’t know about this,” said Jean-Baptiste.
“What do you mean?” winced Ian. “The dodgiest part is done. We made it here.”
“It’s not that, it’s what we’re expected to do here. How can this really work?”
“The TT swore it would.”
“You English! Always using codewords. Why can’t you just say time-traveler?”
“Operational Security, old man.” He pointed to the houses of Sangatte just outside Calais. “Someone might be listening. ”
Jean-Baptiste rolled his eyes and took a sip of wine. “I see no one. Anyway, I find the claim of the TT to be outrageous. I’ve never heard of anything like it.”
Ian swigged from his tiny bottle of Irish whiskey and shrugged. “It sounds crazy to me too, but the TT swears up and down that this has caused the pacification of more nations than anything else in world history!”
“How can that be? It’s no bomb, no virus, no weapon of any kind. How can this defeat the Nazi occupiers?”
“HQ swears it will break their will to fight.” Ian carefully stowed the whiskey away. “Come. Let’s hide the boat and go establish a McDonald’s Franchise.”
Inflatable Dummy Tanks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dummy_tank
Floating Tanks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DD_tank
Hobart’s “Funnies”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobart%27s_Funnies#Designs
Each week, Alastair Forbes presents an original photo as a writing challenge prompt. As we’ve just passed the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, I was inspired, and Al conveniently provided a photo I could chase my crazy ideas with. Check here for great stories inspired by the photo prompt above: http://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/sunday-photo-fiction-june-8th-2014/