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Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (Spike Milligan War Memoirs)

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That said, Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall ends just as Spike's regiment arrives in Algiers for its first taste of action and, whilst there is some tragedy in this memoir, things will inevitably get more serious from here on in.

But along the way Spike and his friends get involved in many amusing - and some not-so amusing - scrapes. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. There is a lot of outrageous humour to be found in the pages, some of it is recklessly obscene and deliciously off-the-wall and audacious; there are also crackling one-liners, rambunctious dance evenings that explode into chaos, drunken behaviour, pratfalls during setting up and shifting camp and through it all, you will be nearly tickled to death.This book, the first in a series, looks at the time he spent with his unit wandering around Southern Britain learning how to soldier, and it's hilarious. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. Milligan then facetiously describes the last of them as being found "naked save for a vest one sock" sitting on the back of a lorry, "waiting to be posted".

Abolutely hilarious and well written memoirs of Spike Milligan's time in the service (Part 1 at least). While there he was given the usual punitive tasks such as shovelling coke into a single pile in pouring rain, but his guards also appreciated his artistic ability, and he was asked to draw Vargas girls for them to hang on the wall. Another reviewer speaks of having to look up the regular use of British Army Initials, (RSM is Regimental Sergeant Major, about as close to God as a new recruit is likely to get). The film Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1972) was produced by Gregory Smith and Norman Cohen, and directed by Norman Cohen. It must be born in mind that the language and atitudes were those of the common squadie at that time and do not represent those of this society now.Bexhill, Pevensey Bay, and "Robin's Post" (a private house used by the regiment) each have a script named for them.

It's like director Norman Cohen was influence by two then recent films, "MASH" and "Oh What A Lovely War", both anti war comic looks at war and what he should have done was a Carry On type of film. Milligan notes that until 1940 they were entertaining nightly, which he later saw as his first steps into show business.

Although he was also a talented musician, he became known for his mad cap and often surreal comedy writing, particularly his work on the Goon Show. He received his first education in a tent in the Hyderabad Sindh desert and graduated from there, through a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and England, to the Lewisham Polytechnic. This is a re-read for me; I think I read it for the first time in paperback about a decade ago, but when I saw the Scribd e-library had all seven volumes in audiobook format read by the man himself, I couldn't resist reading them again.

I am amazed it took me so long to get around to reading Spike Milligan’s war memoirs, but I am truly glad that there are many more books to read. Absent a major background in The Goon Squad (which I do not have) or other 1950-1980 British radio and television comedy (which I do) it is likely that a lot of this will mean little to even a modern Englishman. For all the privations of army life, it is clear that Spike had a lot of fun during this period, and the humour that was to make his name with the Goons and beyond is here in abundance. In the dance hall, when they start to sing the national anthem after the director's announcement, the third girl from the front clearly mouths "Queen" while the soundtrack (and historical accuracy) provide "King".The presentation is an unusual format freely mixing narrative anecdotes, contemporary photography, excerpts from diaries, letters, rough sketches and performance programs, along with comic sketches and absurd fake memoranda from ranking Nazi officials; the hard facts are usually apparent. My neighbours probably think I've gone completely off my trolley as I've spent most of this book laughing very much out loud! Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall also makes for an odd contrast with the American version of early days in the Army. In December 1942, Milligan drinks a toast with his family that will prove to be the last for ten years. June 2nd, 1940, on a summer's day all mare's tails and blue sky we arrived at Bexhill-on-Sea, where I got off.

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