Month: April 2014

Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Victor G. Smith of Burnaby, B.C., tells us of a couple who were fleeing in night clothes to a bomb shelter while their block was being flattened during the London blitz. They had scarcely reached the street when the wife turned back toward the house. “What are you doing?” shouted the husband. “Have to go back. Forgot my false teeth.” “For God’s sake, they’re not dropping sandwiches.”      
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Kenneth E. Schneck of Fort Macleod, Alta., writes about being on parade. “We were preparing for a parade at Aldershot, England, some time in 1943.  Shiny brass, polished boots and Blanco’d equipment were all essential of course.  We would Blanco, let it dry and brush it off, producing a choking dust. “We were at open order and the inspecting officers were going down the front rank.  One stopped and asked a private. ‘If you were in action and the enemy came at you with bayonets, just what would you do?’ “The private replied: ‘Well, sir, I would shake myself and disappear in a cloud of Blanco.’”  
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

C.V. Thomas of Victoria, a former member of the Royal Air Force, tells this one: “After the Japanese surrender at Singapore, we were lined up in front of our aircraft awaiting inspection by the air officer commanding.  His plane had been delayed by bad weather but our commanding officer, a nervous Nellie, kept us out in the very hot sun most of the morning. “A junior officer finally arrived and went down the line chatting with each man, always finishing with the question: ‘And how long have you been out here?’ “‘Four years, sir,’ answered the first; ‘Three and a half years, sir,’ said the second, and so on.  Finally, he reached a cockney sergeant. “’And how long have you been out here, sergeant?’ “’Four bleedin’ hours, sir.’”    ...
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Kenneth E. Schneck of Fort Macleod, Alta., writes about being on parade. “We were preparing for a parade at Aldershot, England, some time in 1943.  Shiny brass, polished boots and Blanco’d equipment were all essential of course.  We would Blanco, let it dry and brush it off, producing a choking dust. “We were at open order and the inspecting officers were going down the front rank.  One stopped and asked a private. ‘If you were in action and the enemy came at you with bayonets, just what would you do?’ “The private replied: ‘Well, sir, I would shake myself and disappear in a cloud of Blanco.’”  
On This Date: April 2014
Military History, On This Date

On This Date: April 2014

APRIL 1, 1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force becomes a permanent component of Canada’s defence forces. APRIL 2, 1885 In what is now Alberta, Cree warriors kill nine men in what would become known as the Frog Lake Massacre. APRIL 3, 1916 The 2nd Canadian Division relieves British troops in the Battle of the St. Eloi Craters on the Western Front. During two weeks of confused fighting in a sea of mud, Canadian casualties exceeded 1,370. APRIL 4, 1949 Canada is one of a dozen nations that establish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. APRIL 5, 1955 Poor health forces Sir Winston Churchill to resign as prime minister of Britain. APRIL 6, 1942 First Canadian Army is established in England with Lieutenant-General A.G.L. McNaughton as commander-in-chief at...

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