An unusual WWII storyJanuary 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
During WWII, one British Army officer, a Major, in India was on a short weekend leave to his base. There he met a old friend of his – an Airforce pilot officer.
During the casual conversation, the Army officer told his Air Force friend that he was on a short weekend leave awaiting his next orders, which is expected next week. The Air force officer was flying that same day to England for making some delivery and was expecting to be back in 2 days. Suddenly out of the blue, he offered the Major a lift to England & back, if he wishes so.
Major initially refused, considering how unlawful that would be. The Air force officer convinced the Major, that they will return soon and nobody would even know and to tell his Commander that he is going out of the base to the civilian areas for some fresh air.
With great reluctance the Major agreed, keeping his fingers crossed all the time. Long story short, they safely reached England. The Major gave a pleasant surprise to his wife and had a glorious weekend.
As promised, the Air Force officer, brought the Major back to India in two days.
Time passed. After a few months, the Major got a call from his Commander, asking him to report to the office. Once inside the office, the Commander handed over to him a telegram, which stated that his wife was pregnant. The Commander sympathized with the Major and told him how sorry he felt, but then that is life. Such things do happen sometimes when soldiers stay away from their family for long time and so on …. …
The Major just did not know how to react. He wanted to jump with happiness but controlled his emotion. He kept a sad face. He knew very well that any knowledge of his adventure would put him and his Air Force friend in deep trouble.
The Commander offered to sanction an urgent leave for the Major to travel to England and sort things out with his wife.
Thus the Major found himself once again in the warm embrace of his wife. Needless to add, they had many glorious weekends.
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