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Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler, My Part in His Downfall (2nd Hand Hardback)

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First volume of Milligan's memoirs of WW2, personal insights - light-hearted and good humoured dressing-up the reality, with photos and Milligan's inimitable drawings.

The book spans the period from Britain's declaration of war on Germany to when Milligan lands in Algeria as a part of the Allied liberation of Africa.

“I hear you want a transfer, Milligan.”

“Yes sir, I want to join the R.A.F.”

“Ah yes, those are the ones that fly.”

“Yes sir, they go up whereas we just go along.”

“Have you ever flown before?”

“No sir, but I’ve been upstairs on a bus on my own.”

Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military Goonery and superlative Milliganese.

'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 . . .'

Because of the success of this book Spike went on to write a whole series of books of his war exploits.

Hugely amusing because it is written from the point of view of a common soldier so it encapsulates the confusion, the mismanagement, the lack of planning, the blunders and a whole catalogue of farcical situations that the Army and even Hollywood never admit to, but which one can only imagine were rampant.

  • Format : Smaller 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good (1cm tear to back cover, otherwise very clean & tidy)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Autobiography & Biography
  • Published : 1971 (This Edition 1986 - BCA)
  • ISBN : CN4917
  • SKU : B001891
  • PPC : LL400gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

Book as the first edition but in fact a later publication by Book Club Associates.

Approx 9" x 6", 146 pages, b&w photographs and drawings.

External Reviews

'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read.' - Sunday Express.

'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar.' - Sunday Times.

'Milligan is the Great God to all of us.' - John Cleese.

'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy.' - Eddie Izzard.

The Author

Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE was a British-Irish actor, comedian, writer, poet and playwright. The son of an Irish father and an English mother, Milligan was born in India, where he spent his childhood, relocating to live and work the majority of his life in the United Kingdom.