Archive for May, 2015

  • Humour Hunt

    May 28, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    The expression, a piece of cake, meaning anything easy to handle, originated in the Royal Air Force about 1938. We like an entertaining explanation of the expression’s origin sent in by Sidney Allinson of Scarborough, Ont. It seems that an instructor at a fighter training...
  • Humour Hunt

    May 26, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    A contributor who wishes to remain anonymous has sent us a sequel to Hugo Saudino’s earlier story about somebody dressing up in the mess polar-bear skin at Fort Churchill to provide a sudden outdoors photo opportunity for visitors from the south. During a Halloween party...
  • Surrounded by the wolf pack

    May 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
    The sinking of the German submarine U-756 by HMCS Morden on Sept. 1, 1942, remained utterly unknown at the time. The only good news to drift home from distant waters in the late summer of 1942 was HMCS Oakville’s sinking of U-94 in the Caribbean....
  • Humour Hunt

    May 21, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Harry Lennox of Vancouver, who says at 86, he’s “still picking them up and putting them down,” has been a Legion padre for 57 years and is honorary chaplain of the British Columbia Regt. in whose 2nd Bn. he served in the Second World War....
  • Humour Hunt

    May 19, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Stan Knight of Bobcaygeon, Ont., sends us this story. The convoy had broken up and the merchant ships, considered out of the danger zone, were proceeding independently to their ports of destination. The first mate of an old tramp steamer, happy to be completing a...
  • The poet and the poppy

    May 18, 2015 by Dianne Graves
    Book and cigar in hand, John McCrae relaxes at the holiday home of friends at Kennebunkport, Maine, where he spent a vacation in September 1903. Guelph Civic Museum/M1968X.436.3   A century ago, Canadian medical officer John McCrae saw “every horror that war had,” including the...
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