Still, we did what we could for the wounded holiday-rep, even though – at the time – it seemed more like a holding operation than the full-frontal assault promised in the holiday brochure. After all, there is nothing quite as invigorating as a full fortnight’s holiday invading small foreign countries (full board) is there? Especially when the resort offers several luxury – at least, initially – hotels on the beachhead, all within easy reach of the first wave of landing craft and assault vehicles, even if –on the first day – most of those are festooned with German invasion beachhead towels.
Once the invading force of holiday-makers have assaulted and captured initial beachhead hotels and swimming pools, it is then a matter of pushing deeper into the county and liberating as many quaint local bars, restaurants, tavernas, places of historical interest and areas of natural beauty as the holiday-company supplied ordnance allows.
Alternatively, for those satisfied with just capturing the beachfront hotels, they can spend the two weeks lounging by the hotel pool. Apart from the enemy’s counter-attacks and air raids, of course, this should provide plenty of opportunity for rest and relaxation.
Obviously, for the kids, a chance to operate the anti-aircraft defences is something for them to look forward to in their holiday, especially if they manage to shoot down a fighter-bomber to show everyone back at school, when they return home after the holiday.