Hubris, hyperbole, hope and hockey

Illustration by Malcolm Jones As summer wanes and autumn beckons, millions of Canadians of a particular persuasion get ready to board the annual nine-month, 82-game roller coaster. That is the lot of the hometown hockey fan, especially if you carry the torch for a certain Toronto franchise decked out in blue and white. Every year it’s the same. When the...
  • Humour Hunt

    December 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    John K. Rhodes of Fonthill, Ont., recalls that during the German bombing raids on England in 1940 he was a lieutenant in the West Novas and spent many nights on church towers and rooftops watching for signals that enemy agents were supposed to be flashing...
  • Humour Hunt

    November 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Here’s a mess story from Jeffrey Hanley of Vernon, B.C.: We had won a small battle and the commanding officer (CO) decided on a small feast. With the sweets and savories spread profusely on the tables, the CO said: “Men, I’m proud of what you...
  • Humour Hunt

    November 19, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Art Nelson of Toronto says that at one Canadian base during the war seemingly every issue of posted orders carried a reprimand from the commanding officer. It usually read: “It has come to the attention of the commanding officer that (and then followed an outline...
  • Humour Hunt

    November 16, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    A.F. Wigglesworth of Port Mouton, N.S., says a group captain and wing commander were walking down Portage Avenue in Winnipeg and were meeting many saluting aircraftmen. Each time he returned a salute, the group captain muttered: “And the same to you.” “Why do you always...
  • Humour Hunt

    November 10, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Rod Dawson of Tamworth, Ont., tells about the Queen Mary, pride of ocean liners, which served as a troopship in the Second World War. She was the largest ship afloat, distinctive in profile and her crew was proud of the instant recognition accorded her wherever...
  • Humour Hunt

    November 5, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    J.L. Atkins of Lyme Regis, England, wrote about dropping propaganda pamphlets during the Second World War. A Royal Air Force plane was on a wartime raid over Germany and the navigator was throwing them out, still tied in bundles. The pilot remonstrated: “Good heavens, man,...
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