Many military barracks during the Second World War were primitive. Celia Brown, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, found herself living in barracks at a Winnipeg repair depot, where she was introduced to the ubiquitous cockroach.
“I got a jar and I caught eight or 10 cockroaches.”
“At night, when you went in the washrooms and turned the lights on, it seemed to us there was millions,” she said. “Probably not that many, but a lot of cockroaches went running. One day, I left my hat on top of my pillow, because you had to make your bed up first, and when I came back and picked up my hat, out popped a cockroach.”
That was the last straw for Brown.
“I got a jar and I caught eight or 10 cockroaches, took them into work the next day. Our CO was quite friendly;...