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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    June 30, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    C.A. Brodie of Mississauga, Ont., leads off this issue with a story that he puts in the naval setting of Halifax. The destroyer’s company had just started shore leave and some sailors went promptly to barber shops. In one, a lieutenant occupied a chair next...
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    June 28, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Stan Scislowsk of Windsor, Ont., recalls that some guys during the war had the selfish habit of drinking your full beer while you were visiting the WC. Some losers began to take steps to protect their investment. One soldier always left a sign beside his...
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    June 24, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    In mid-1944, during the V-1 raids on England, a buzz bomb hit a row of flats. After the dust had settled and heads were counted, only grandpa was missing. The rescue team heard laughter from the rubble and dug out grandpa, uninjured and still chuckling,...
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    June 21, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Rev. Clifford Waite of Oakwood, Ont., says his father, Company Sergeant-Major C.F. Waite, was a drill sergeant with the 48th Highlanders for many years. “All right, you dummies, fall out,” he once ordered. The company fell out with a clatter, except for one man. “Well?”...
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    June 16, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Les Williams of Winnipeg, recounts: The Bonaventure had just berthed astern of a huge American carrier in Norfolk, Va., and one of the Bonnie’s crew was having a drink in a nearby bar when an American sailor came alongside. “Say, Canada, you on that baby...
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    June 14, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    This sea story is from Vince Leah, also of Winnipeg: During the Second World War operations in the South Pacific, an alert Royal Navy destroyer scooped up a U.S. sailor who had fallen overboard from his cruiser. The grateful American captain sent over a huge...
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