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...
  • 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,...
  • Humour Hunt

    November 3, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Mavis Schultz of Eckville, Alta., relates that a Canadian officer in Korea had a houseboy whose fragile grasp of English often produced results as frightening as front-line combat. The Korean would wake the officer in a loud whisper: “Captain, your time has come.”...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 20, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    C.F. Waite of Oakwood, Ont., wrote: The sergeant came into the barracks and asked if anyone knew shorthand. A recruit raised his hand. “Good,” said the sergeant. “Get over to the cookhouse. They’re short-handed.”      ...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 18, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    William Mills of San Diego, Calif., says that during the Second World War an ugly rumour once went around London that the pubs were going to close at least an hour earlier, at 9 p.m. One regular was asked what he thought about such a...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 13, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Now, two leave stories, both from Jeffery Hanley of Vernon, B.C. A friend of mine was one day late from leave and telegraphed his commanding officer (CO): “Unable to return to duty because of unexpected snowstorm. Will return as soon as possible.” The CO telegraphed...