Why Kilroy..? that's the million dollar question.
A nine year old kid listens to his english teacher explaining the origins of the
"kilroy wuz ere" graffiti ...
(that which the kid had just been caught scratching into the wood of his desk,,,like so many...) you all know the one were two eyes above a wall frame a large nose hanging down in front of the wall, and on the wall are written these immortalised words,
"KILROY WUZ ERE" (please note original spelling)
The teacher continues with his story, an English soldier escapes captivity only to realise that he is still behind German enemy lines. During his long & perilous return journey home he furtively passed through the outskirts of Berlin. For reasons unknown,
( english humor..? last defiant/deviant act..) he engraves/scratches this afore mentioned motif & text on several walls.
No big deal, unless your Third Riech intelligence which, at time was already having its balls broken by the fact that a lot of enemy communication passed by abstract or coded messages. A variety of sources including & from Beathoven or Verlain. Culminating in the now well known phrases by the General Charles de Gaulle, starting with his " Yvette likes big carrots" (signifying a large arms air drop) or the classic,
"the carrots are cooked"( confirmation of the Normandy landings)
Still, so, nothing, until the English intercepted a rather over-stressed German officer going nuts over this piece of graffiti/communication found on two different walls, miles apart on the outskirts of Berlin. Thus it turned into a golden opportunity to spread a bit of mis-information. Instructions were passed out to many English operatives. If the opportunity arose, rewrite the same image & text ,and so, did this little piece of graffiti multiply, to the distress & frustration of the Third Riech intelligence ...
The kid asked his teacher, "did you get to write that?” With a cold frown his teacher replied calmly, "i'm not that old” ,then with a shadow of a smile breaking through his expression he added, "My father was one of those who received these instructions ..."
Thus, one could say, was born the first piece of modern graffiti....(more or less, & the story that inspired its resurrection…)
KILROY WUZ ERE
(note; the spelling is a phonetic spelling of a southern English regional accent. the image & text together create an “i saw you, but you did not see me” composition )