It's amazing what you can find with a little research (thank you goggle)…..
Their were Mosquito squadrons, horses, dogs, and even carrier pigeons used in the 2nd world war,
But very little mention of the role the humble British gerroffmee wasp played.
One little known mission codenamed operation Dolly Peg was carried out in December 1943.. British Intelligence had managed to crack the Enigma code and gain vital information about the whereabouts off German troops, it was established that the Germans, having fought their way through horrendous conditions needed to wash their clothing...
This was done on Monday mornings at 9am..having finished the washing, they would then hang it out to dry on the Siegfried line..
So the Allies concocted a cunning plan, a swarmy squadron of British Gerroffmee wasps was despatched over the English Channel, and trained to remove all the clothes pegs on the Siegfried Line.. It worked and all the German clothes and under ware fell off into mud and sludge .
This had a massive impact on German moral, slowing their advance and giving the allies the upper hand.
Of course the Germans were very upset about these tactics, Herr Hitler called the British spoilsports and childish, he vowed revenge.
A few weeks later he called upon his generals and top scientists to a meeting at the Reichstag to counteract the threat of the gerroffmee wasp.
A genetically modified bug would be developed , a SUPER bug,no...a KILLER bug,no..a NASTY pesky bug, no...……….
A bug invented by a Professor Heinrich Von Doodleiser (NICKNAMED THE DOODLEBUG) it was designed to fly across the English Channel devouring Gerroffmee wasps (bit like Pac Man), it didn't work, our intrepid wasps were all fitted with Sat Navs, allowing them to detect any incoming doodle bugs, the doodle bugs were then intercepted and shot down by Mosquitos, helped by the iconic Spitfire.
Located East of Lincoln just of the B1202 road lies a memorial to our brave wasps, its aptly called Wasps Nest (yes it doe's exist, check it out)
The construction is similar to a mini Taj Mahal, its surrounded by lots of residential wasps nests.
Well worth a visit , take a half empty jar of Mackay's Scottish Strawberry Preserve, place it on the perimeter fence, and they may come out to feed...……..The project is mainly funded by the manufacture and production of Stinger devices, purchased by police forces up and down the country, you can of course leave a donation..
So remember, if you encounter a wasp in your home this coming summer, don't reach for the aerosol can, open a window and coax it out, we may need their services again.