The Funny Side of War

War is always supposed to be a very serious business yet the wits will always find a way of cracking a joke or some other witticism to lighten the mood. Surprisingly even the German forces during WW2 had their fair share of jesters. 

Main picture: Guard dog guarding the FLAK gun

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A signalman and an officer [are Officers allowed to dig] of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals digging a slit trench in France, July 1944

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Blind date?

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Col Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, hand-to-hand combat expert in 1943. He was known for ordering trainee marines to attempt to kill him with bayonets and disarming them all

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Everybody needs a good counterweight but watch out for the hot brass

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Hold your fire

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German soldiers having fun during WW2

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Royal Engineers being trained to probe for land mines in the dark in Italy during 1944

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British espirit de corps during the summer of 1940

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Two Calgary Highlanders stand by the banks of the Bow River, Calgary before departing for the war. They are humourously depicting Canada’s equipment shortages

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Typical Aussie humour is reflected in this sign erected on the El Alamein Road by Australian troops on 14th September 1942

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Donation of fresh beer

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“Fritz, Don’t you hate it when it rains?” Bundesarchiv cc by sa 3.0

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