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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Yes, it's irreverent, yes, it's disrespectful, but laughing in the face of tragedy is how we Brits keep from going insane. 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'm actually not entirely sure how many volumes of this I read the first time around but I'm pretty sure it wasn't all seven.

I really enjoyed this book from the vivid descriptions of war practices to the humorous practical jokes, talkbacks and commentary. Since my copy of Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall is on Kindle and to get it out of the way there are some nice drawings throughout the book and they do not show well on a Kindle Viewer. The family response is for Spike, his father and brother to produce boyish drawings of war machines (the drawings are included in the book), which are taken to the War Office. With that out of the way, my recommendation is that this is better thought of as the war time memoires of a soldier, musician, and humorist and not as it tends to be sold as the early humor of the leader of BBC radio gag show, The Goon Squad.I love it, cannot wait to read more, he certainly has a talent for painting a vivid and often funny picture with his words. 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. The door flew open and in crashed the master-spy himself, Gruenthaphartz, measuring five rounds gun-fire by inches three, and clad only in a huge fur coat of huge fur, a sou'wester, and two hand-painted barges strapped to his feet for a quick getaway. Don't get me wrong; I laughed, rolled, smiled, shook my head with mock-disbelief and loved all the freaks and weirdos and did not want the splendid comic set-pieces to end. My neighbours probably think I've gone completely off my trolley as I've spent most of this book laughing very much out loud!

There are even darker moments towards the end, as the troops set out to sail to Algiers and realise, for the first time, the gruelling experience of bracing through gale at sea, seasickness and even unexpectedly gruesome accidents on the trail that leave them unnerved. The not joining up, the joining up, the band, the chaos of training and preparation, the sex and the boredom. Like now I suppose but with the added knowledge that the person you were shagging might be dead tomorrow.

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