Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
October 2021
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War Stories

A grandfather is telling his grandson war stories.

“At the end of World War I, I was awarded for my bravery after saving a group of my men,” the grandfather says. “You see, we were fighting in northern France and one of our enemies threw a grenade at us. I managed to pick it up and throw it away before it exploded. So right after the war ended, a General gave me a sword, engraved with the words ‘Awarded for Bravery and Valor, A True Hero, World War I.”

The grandson thinks about the story for a minute and then says “Grandpa, that story can’t be true!” How did the grandson know?

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4 guesses to War Stories


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  • Boesner

    Unless someone can forsee the future that could possibly be true. Only after WW2 ended was the war in 1914 called WW1, cause no one would of thought there would be another world war at the end of the first war. I hope I explained it properly.

  • Dude

    You explained it perfectly, Boesner.

    Actually, they didn’t call it World War I until well after the “start” of World War II.

    You are today’s winner.

  • Fulgour

    But what if the general who awarded the sword was named World War I, by Mr & Mrs War, in hopes of beginning an international trend, which by today might have produced a line of heirs up to World War VI..? An intriguing name if grandpa’s parents owned a cayenne pepper plantation, and they thought The Great War would be a hard name for their kid to live up to, and a lousy name for a hot sauce.

  • Fulgour

    Footnote:
    At the end of WWI there was no fighting in Northern France, so far as armies were concerned. Equally, allowing for grandpa only telling about the amazing sword, instead of slashing it around within an inch the grandson’s living bits, I’m inclined to think he was a Limey, a wonderful brave and hater of Dough Boy Yanks, Limey, so the real giveaway in the riddle is the spelling of valor, which here would properly have been VALOUR.

    Oh, grandpa…