David Blasco has a nice post about the Royal Enfield Flying flea, the motorcycle that was parachuted together with airborne troops in World War II. In our era of modern 1000+cc cruisers, the Flying Flea with 4hp and 125cc doesn't look like much. But it should be put in the proper context. Compare the smile of this paratrooper who discovers he got a Flying Flea,
with the puzzlement in the face of this paratrooper that got a Welbike!