Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (Spike Milligan War Memoirs)
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The regiment is also blessed with soldiers who are no use to anybody, disruptive or even mentally disturbed. There are lighter comic digs made at stiff-upper-lipped authority, the abysmal cooking, the futile marches and camping trails that only amount up to idleness, farce and trivial affairs. One of the gunners, however, loses a hand when a shell he is pushing into the howitzer's breach explodes. It is refreshing to reflect the changes and progress that has been made by our society now, all due to the atitudes of these brave and fearless mem. 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.
It featured Milligan narrating the story plus Milligan, John Wells, Graham Stark and Alan Clare acting out some scenes. At any given time, according to Milligan, hundreds of men were in transit between regiments that didn't want them.At my side is a paperback copy of Book 4 of his war time memoirs and the photos in it are much crisper, even if page size is only slightly larger. The not joining up, the joining up, the band, the chaos of training and preparation, the sex and the boredom. He arranges to spend a great deal of time at "Observation Posts" where his only duty is to test the radio once an hour.
The humor is pithy and nearly constant, but there's a good look into what was happening in Britain in the early days of World War II, which is entirely different from the picture most of us have of the US during the same period, since beyond Pearl Harbor, none of us had to worry about the major enemy forces attacking us personally every day.We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences.
Milligan says in the preface: "All the salient facts are true"; at the end of the preface: "There were the deaths of some of my friends, and therefore, no matter how funny I tried to make this book, that will always be at the back of my mind: but, were they alive today, they would have been the first to join in the laughter, and that laughter was, I'm sure, the key to victory. While there he was given the usual punitive tasks such as shovelling coke into a single pile in pouring rain, but his guards also appreciated his artistic ability, and he was asked to draw Vargas girls for them to hang on the wall. It is a pleasent hour and forty minute diversion, thanks to a fine cast, but what unfulfilled potential this film had. About then, in an attempt to impress girls at a gym, he slips a disc, whereupon he's hospitalised to determine whether he's faking. 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.The film Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1972) was produced by Gregory Smith and Norman Cohen, and directed by Norman Cohen.