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Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (1971)

by Spike Milligan

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Slapstick comedy at it's worst. Nothing even remotely amusing or believable. ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Mar 16, 2015 |
Hilarious ( )
  pan0ramix | Nov 27, 2014 |
Abolutely hilarious and well written memoirs of Spike Milligan's time in the service (Part 1 at least). I love it, cannot wait to read more, he certainly has a talent for painting a vivid and often funny picture with his words. ( )
  Luftwaffe_Flak | Feb 6, 2014 |
Unique. ( )
  psiloiordinary | Jan 20, 2013 |
I remember watching Spike Milligan's television programmes (Q6, Q7, Q8 etc) as a teenager during the late 1970s. Even then, although there were moments in every programme that were absolutely hilarious, most of it struck me as really rather silly and anything but amusing. My father, generally hard to please in matters of comedy, would be convulsed while I sat watching and wondering how someone so intelligent could be so easily amused. I have always had the same reaction to The Goons - occasional brilliance largely submerged by fatuous drivel.
It was, therefore, with some hesitation that I picked up this slim volume of Milligan's recollections of his experiencse during the Second World War. I wish now that I had waited a bit longer. As with his television programmes and The Goons there were some absolute gems in this book. However, these were the exceptions cast among long periods of utter inanity. Sadly, the book wasn't even particularly well written, and I think that penguin Books would have been wiser to apply far stricter editorial scrutiny to this work.
I bought all seven volumes of Milligan's memoirs together on a special offer but now I just feel that, rather than waste valuable shelf space, I need to palm them off on the local hospice charity shop. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Oct 5, 2012 |
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I dedicate this book to Norma Farnes, my manager, who puts up with me
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September 3rd, 1939. The last minutes of peace ticking away.
At Victoria Station the R. T. O. gave me a travel warrant, a white feather and a picture of Hitler marked "This is your enemy." I searched every compartment but he wasn't on the train...
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In this, the first of Spike Milligan's recollections of life in the army, our hero takes us from the outbreak of war in 1939, through his attempts to avoid enlistment and his gunner training in Bexhill to the landing at Algiers in 1943.

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