H-Day, 2nd June 1944

The nineteen huge hay bales were joined with steel cable before being pushed out into the east-flowing currents of the English Channel.

It was a great ruse. A Focke-Wulf pilot did spot them and reported back to headquarters, but their intelligence people suspected nothing.

After all, who’d have thought a few bundles of dry grass would contain a red tractor, enough fuel to reach Paris, a green trailer and eighteen fully armed members of the elite Kentucky Grass-seed combat division.

It all went well until they reached the D10 alongside which lived the friendliest women and the tastiest wines in France.

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43 Responses to H-Day, 2nd June 1944

  1. This was a marvellous take on the prompt with a great ending.

  2. rgayer55 says:

    I was following along splendidly until the last line, when I became distracted by pretty girls and wine. Those boys decided to sow wild oats instead of Kentucky Bluegrass.

  3. Sarah Ann says:

    Ah, French wine and women – enough to distract even the most determined. Love the idea of all that being trasported by hay bales.

  4. Sun says:

    they forgot the most important article…blinders! ha! great story, Patrick.

  5. Wine and women — and all intentions were lost.

  6. Hala J. says:

    Ah, men—so easily distracted, even at the worst of times. Cool spin on the prompt!

  7. Amy Reese says:

    Nicely done, Patrick! I’m enjoying these war stories. Everything goes according to plan until women and wine. They can be so distracting!

  8. The best-laid plans… 🙂

  9. Dear Patrick,

    A great war story that I’m guessing is somewhat factual. Nicely done.



  10. Jan Brown says:

    I like the “Kentucky Grass-seed combat division”! Too bad they’re easily distracted….

  11. Bryan Ens says:

    Friendly people…you never know when they’re up to no good. 🙂

  12. vbholmes says:

    Great tactical diversion–distract the invading troops with wine and women a-plenty. Why do I think that’s been done before? Fun story.

  13. Taygibay says:

    Prévisible … ou imprévisible? C’est tout comme. I’m torn! 😎

  14. Good story. Really humorous. The Germans seem to have had nothing to fear from that bunch. There must have been a lot of women and wine between there and Germany. Their progress would have been extremely slow to say the least.

  15. Mike says:

    So … Where do I sign up for the “elite Kentucky Grass-seed combat division”?

  16. You might be a redneck…;)

  17. Nice twist on World War II. Glad our boys had fun!

  18. helenmidgley says:

    Maybe the women and the wine were put there on purpose, lol 😉

  19. I guess the grass on the side of the Channel was much greener. 🙂


  20. Sandra says:

    Ingenious plot! 🙂

  21. Adam Ickes says:

    Thwarted by wine and women… a story as old as wine itself.

  22. camgal says:

    Nice take on the prompt 🙂

  23. “eighteen fully armed members of the elite Kentucky Grass-seed combat division” Killer line!.

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