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

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

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

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Milligan notes that until 1940 they were entertaining nightly, which he later saw as his first steps into show business. If you have ever watched the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger classic 'The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp', you would remember the frenetic comic frenzy of the first fifteen minutes, choreographed like a comic interlude. Most of it is a humorous look at Spikes war experience and it had some serious sides to it along with the humour. He wrote seven short books about the experience based on his diaries, here's the first one which concerns joining the army, training, starting a jazz band during training, more training, exploits/hijinks/affairs, and finally getting shipped off to Northern Africa, where the book ends.

Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall also makes for an odd contrast with the American version of early days in the Army. Part 3 begins a year previously, and launches into a favourite Milligan literary aside—a long discussion of setting up musical shows, including names of songs, instruments and players. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. Spike's silliness is infectious and the book contains a winning combination of word play, self deprecating humour and social history. As Milligan himself states in the introduction, many terrible things happened in the war, but humour helped him cope.This book has laugh out loud lines on every page, and I would guess all the other volumes will have too. And, a very credible evocation, of the life of a conscript at the start of the war right down to the smelliness of the army uniforms and how nobody got the correct size. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The preface anticipates the book will be part of a trilogy; years later, the cover of the fourth volume said: "Don't be fooled this is the last, volume four of the war memoirs. Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese.

The book contains plenty of surprising and frequently outrageous anecdotes, many of which are loud out loud funny.Another reason for reading this book from a more serious point of view is that so much of the humor is dated, insider and to a modern ear flat.

There is also Bill Maynard as the sargent and fellow recruits Tony Selby and "Keeping Up Appearences" Onslow, Geoffrey Hughes but they don't do much with them Lowe who know's his character well comes off best of the supporting cast and Dale is wonderfully demented as Spike, but the film doesn't take off.

Simple yet effectively stirring and utterly believable because this was exactly how everybody felt in those days. Luckily I was in the man cave whilst my other half slept like Tutankhamun's long-dehydrated corpse in the next room.

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