Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (Milligan Memoirs Book 1)  Kindle Edition 99p Amazon
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Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (Milligan Memoirs Book 1) Kindle Edition 99p Amazon

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One of the funniest books I've read (about 8 times I think - OCD!). Used some of my no rush credit.

Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared.

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

'Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics, throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes' Daily Mail

'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times


'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 appendicitis, 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.


'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry

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

'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard

'Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal' Terry Wogan

'A totally original comedy writer' Michael Palin

'Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' Guardian


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.
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bought as never read it thanks for the heads up
Great book, you'll get hooked and want to read the whole series
Bought it, cheers
My dad loved Spike... very good. Heat. Drink!
This whole series is a great read!
Brilliant series. The audiobooks are hysterical with Milligan occasionally being unable to continue due to laughing too much.
RO4CHY1 h, 10 m ago

My dad loved Spike... very good. Heat. Drink!


Mine too.He bought this around 1972.Remember him laughing out loud as he read it.Dad passed on in 1991,so a nice memory.
A much missed man who, fortunately, left behind a great dollop of humour and pathos in his writing.

Hot from me for the reminder about the man and hot for the deal too.
One of the best series of books I've ever read. Hugely funny and entertaining as well as touching and poignant.
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Read this when I was young found it on a shelf and noticed it mentioned Bexhill ( I am from Hastings) . Very funny
Remember reading Gunner, Rommel Who? Although very funny, it's also crushingly tragic in places. Wondered if this was the same?

The Milligan books I've read previously have all been off the wall funny
Best book I read in 1979
Price matched at Google Play - which is great if you do Google's surveys and have credit on your account!

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Spike was a very generous man - we shared a birthday. He was 50 the day I was born. 100 this year.
Edited by: "ArthurDent1" 18th May
CmcBkVlln3 h, 0 m ago

Remember reading Gunner, Rommel Who? Although very funny, it's also …Remember reading Gunner, Rommel Who? Although very funny, it's also crushingly tragic in places. Wondered if this was the same?The Milligan books I've read previously have all been off the wall funny



Yes, his entire series of war memoirs are like that. Hilariously funny and also incredibly tragic. They're the best thing he ever wrote (and the Goon Show Scripts set a pretty high standard).
banjomike8 h, 17 m ago

Brilliant series. The audiobooks are hysterical with Milligan occasionally …Brilliant series. The audiobooks are hysterical with Milligan occasionally being unable to continue due to laughing too much.


And episodes 1 to 4 are available on BBC iplayer radio at this very moment (BBC 4 Extra).
Try listening to the 'Last Turkey in the shop' story without crying in laughter.
Puckoon's great too if you like Spike.
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