Adolf Hitler : My Part in His Downfall, Paperback

Adolf Hitler : My Part in His Downfall Paperback

Part of the Spike Milligan War Memoirs series

1.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


"Adolf Hitler: My Part on His Downfall" is volume One of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. '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 ...' In this, the first of Spike Milligan's uproarious recollections of life in the army, our hero takes us from the outbreak of war in 1939 ('it must have been something we said'), through his attempts to avoid enlistment ('time for my appendicitus, I thought') and his gunner training in Bexhill ('There was one drawback.

No ammunition') to the landing at Algiers in 1943 ('I closed my eyes and faced the sun.

I fell down a hatchway'). Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese. "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). "That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently.

A great man". (Stephen Fry). Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century.

Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy.

At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary "Goon Show".

Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780241958094



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I remember watching Spike Milligan's television programmes (Q6, Q7, Q8 etc) as a teenager during the late 1970s. Even then, although there were moments in every programme that were absolutely hilarious, most of it struck me as really rather silly and anything but amusing. My father, generally hard to please in matters of comedy, would be convulsed while I sat watching and wondering how someone so intelligent could be so easily amused. I have always had the same reaction to The Goons - occasional brilliance largely submerged by fatuous drivel.It was, therefore, with some hesitation that I picked up this slim volume of Milligan's recollections of his experiencse during the Second World War. I wish now that I had waited a bit longer. As with his television programmes and The Goons there were some absolute gems in this book. However, these were the exceptions cast among long periods of utter inanity. Sadly, the book wasn't even particularly well written, and I think that penguin Books would have been wiser to apply far stricter editorial scrutiny to this work. I bought all seven volumes of Milligan's memoirs together on a special offer but now I just feel that, rather than waste valuable shelf space, I need to palm them off on the local hospice charity shop.

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