Invasion – Sunday Photo Fiction

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. A story, about a little-known invasion attempt during ww2, begins after the photo.

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Alastair Forbes


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.”
Author’s Notes:
Inflatable Dummy Tanks:
Floating Tanks:
Hobart’s “Funnies”:

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:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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19 Responses to Invasion – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. wsmarble says:

    So they were McDemoralized, eh? Brilliant plan–your version would have saved millions of lives.


  2. Al says:

    Haha that is awesome 😀


  3. Stellar! This made me laugh out loud, which is always a good thing… except in important meetings and in pubic toilets. 😉


    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Well, then I hope you weren’t reading it in an important meeting. 😉 Laughter is definitely good, so I’m happy you got one from this. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts! 🙂


  4. Steve Lakey says:

    The Fast Food Invasion has begun! They’ll never know what hit ’em! 🙂


  5. A fantabulous take on the prompt. And so appropriate at this time. Note below came to mind after reading your story.
    The Nazis will become addicted to Big Mac’s “secret sauce.” Hitler orders that the sauce be analyzed. But even with Nazi technology, they could not create the Big Max burger to help with the morale of the troops and the German population!


  6. Lyn says:

    Oh dear, not the dreaded Mickey-D,s 😮 I wonder if they will sell their drinks in beer steins?
    Where do you think up these ideas Eric?


    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! They might…in a McStein. 😉 It’s all the product of a rather silly imagination. I blame my father. He’s got a weird sense of humor too, probably from reading too much P.G. Wodehouse. 🙂


  7. Indira says:

    Anything to break the will to fight is welcome. Nice take. Lol.


  8. Fun story. I like the way Jean-Baptiste swigs wine while the Anglo does whisky.
    Thanks god MacD wasn’t around at the time. Still, with the dramatic recent decline in standards of French cuisine, maybe a Big Mac can sometimes be welcome.


    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Believe it or not, McDonald’s was founded in 1940. D-Day happened in 1944. I’m not sure that French cuisine has declined “that much.” How far has it gone to make a Big Mac a better alternative?

      Thanks so much for stopping in! 🙂


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