Laughing at life in the military

–Illustration by Malcolm Jones– Military humour, much like military everything, is an acquired taste. As with all comedy, it depends on the audience. A great comedian once said something like, “Tragedy is me slipping on a banana peel. Comedy is you slipping on a banana peel.” Most military jokes would make unlikely material for...
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    March 4, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    During the Korean War, the Canadian destroyer Athabaskan was caught in a typhoon in the China Sea.  A sailor was washed overboard but by one of those great strokes of good fortune, the next wave carried him alongside at brow height.  Another sailor reached out...
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    February 27, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    An old joke from Legion Magazine’s precursor, The Legionary, tells of an old war veteran returned to his home town for a banquet given by his army buddies. He expected them to talk over old times, but one talked incessantly about his bad liver, another...
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    February 25, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Mac Ruttan of Ottawa tells us the following appeared in the personal column of Navy News, the Royal Navy’s monthly publication.  “Lonely Lady (44) divorced, lost and adrift, needs capable unattached skipper to take her in tow.  Reply Box...
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    February 20, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    B.E. Smith of London, Ont., submitted a story from his navy days: His captain found defaulters pretty monotonous. So, to add some zest to the proceedings, he announced he would dismiss any case with a truly original excuse–the rest might better plead guilty.  One morning,...
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    February 18, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Mac Ruttan of Ottawa tells us of a Captain Jonathan Pearce of the Royal Artillery who was serving in the garrison at Gilbraltar. He was accidently shot and killed by his batman who was subsequently exonerated of all blame by a court of inquiry. The...