A number of British comedians – John Cleese as Basil Fawlty comes to mind – have repeatedly used those words. Apparently it’s likely to upset the Germans if we do so? I suspect that the Germans – well certainly the ones I’ve met – are beyond being upset about past conflicts that may have gone against them. And some of those comedians would do well to remember the battle of Waterloo where the timely arrival of the Prussians under Blücher saved the day for Wellington (you could say the boot was on the other foot with the Germans as our allies against the dastardly French)!
With so many years gone since the last exchanges of fire a movement has sprung up to renact the 1940’s and just about any other conflict you care to think of. It’s a chance for adults to play at war games and such reenactments are also potentially instructional for children learning the history of the period depicted. You can find Roundheads and Cavaliers firing off matchlock rifles at each other. Romans training soldiers and gladiators. And, of course, Tommies and Krauts lobbing grenades at each other 🙂 In August when we visited Lacock to see the abbey and the museum dedicated to Fox Talbot we found that there was a 1940’s weekend in full swing around the village. It provided a number of photo opportunities of which I present a few for your enjoyment 🙂