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– Illustration by Malcolm Jones – I’ve noted before in these missives, I have no real experience in the Canadian Armed Forces—for which Canadians should be thankful—beyond a couple of indirect connections.  First, for three years as part of my day job, I provided media training services to the Department of National Defence. Despite...
  • 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...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 11, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Dave Richards of Calgary joined the armed forces shortly after unification and wore the standard green uniform when it was relatively unknown. On one of his first leaves, he was in downtown Victoria waiting for a bus. As he tells it: “An older man at...
  • Humour Hunt

    June 11, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Rev. George Beach of Port Dufferin, N.S., says this incident took place at No. 4 RAF Air Gunnery School at Walney Island in northwest England during WW II: The station warrant officer, a regular known as Little Willie throughout the RAF, was not happy with...
  • Humour Hunt

    June 9, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Ruth E. Dunnett of Thunder Bay, Ont., says that for women joining the services, one of the most difficult things to learn during basic training was tying a tie. After tying and untying my tie umpteen times, and in complete frustration, she threatened to go...
  • Humour Hunt

    June 4, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Jack Wilson of Exeter, Ont., tells us of an incident aboard a Canadian frigate outward bound from Halifax in 1944: An able seaman (AB) had joined us the previous night from HMCS Scotian, a shore base for experienced men who could be drafted at short...
  • 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...