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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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. Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese. And while at times I enjoyed that style, and had to laugh because of what I read, at other points it came across a little forces. Milligan refers to his first commanding officer as "Leather Suitcase" for the numerous leather patches on his uniform. If you roared with laughter after finishing 'Catch 22', this one comes highly recommended to you, to see the other side of the Atlantic going bonkers over the war long before the actual fighting began.

O. Major Chaterjack, Milligan meets an officer for whom he has great respect ("one who I would have followed anywhere").Spike brings his trademark manic eye to bear on his own experiences as a gunner in World War II and, while some of the events are tragic (obviously) you still barely get a chance to breathe between laughs. 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".

Like now I suppose but with the added knowledge that the person you were shagging might be dead tomorrow. Based on the way this account of Spike Milligan's time in the British military during World War II reads, you'll wonder afterward how in the heck the Allies ever won the thing. 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. Yes, it's irreverent, yes, it's disrespectful, but laughing in the face of tragedy is how we Brits keep from going insane. This being the great Spike Milligan, his humor is foremost, but he is also addressing his demons, and remembering people who became casualties along the way.There are vividly nightmarish scenes of nerve-wracking despair meshed ingeniously in between the more rib-tickling sequences; there is also a heightened sense of the irreparable damage that destruction and death leave on mere mortals, not least of all the hapless troops marching to war themselves. He is left off long enough to go to a BBC musician contest, where as a trumpet player, he wins a recording session with an established artist.

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