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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finally, finally, Milligan's war memoirs on the Kindle. I grew up reading my father's copy of the first and second parts of the trilogy, and it certainly shaped my humour.

'Rommel? Gunner Who?' is, in my opinion, the funniest of the lot. Deeply, side-splitting, funny. The later memoirs are also very funny, but have a darker tinge to them thanks to his shell-shock (and what would probably now be called PTSD)

Milligan at his very best; dry, absurd, irreverent, irrelevant, hilarious. You can see you how he came to influence so many comics and comedy after him.

Hugely, massively, unreservedly, recommended.

Nothing else to add, really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This second volume of Spike Milligan's war memoirs is even better than the first, I think. It is just as funny and just as readable, but has far more real emotional and human content, and gives a wonderful insight into the life of a regular British soldier in the North Africa campaign.

The book tells the story from Spike's regiment embarking in England in 1942 to the fall of Tunis in April 1943. It is very well written; it is extremely funny, very evocative in description and very moving in places. You really do get a sense of life there, from the beauty of the landscape, the drudgery and boredom alleviated by humour (often vulgar) and the terror and dreadful consequences of battle. It's a book which keeps you entertained and laughing but from which you learn a lot, which will move you and which leaves you with much to think about.

I warmly recommend this - it's a cracking read.
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on 24 May 2013
Milligan's memoir is typical of the conscript's recollection of a nasty experience. One tries to exorcise the fear by making fun of the situation, in a vain attempt to hide the unpleasant truth. Unfortunately, Spike failed and his post war years were not entirely happy.
However, this book is a wonderful read, it is full of great chunks of nonsense logic (or logical nonsense; take your pick) from time to time you will laugh uncontrollably. You won't learn much about the North Africa campaign but you will, perhaps, understand the camaraderie that holds a group of men together under trying conditions. For instance, on active service, Rank is recognised casually, but not slavishly and if you need to take the mickey out of a Commissioned Officer, you do and you can usually get away with it!
I must however confess to an Interest In this and other Milligan memoirs, some years after his experiences, I also served as a soldier, and I was a radio operator and for a while dodged a bullet or three. I also recognise the humour.
READ THE BOOK, YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
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on 17 February 2013
Continuing the Milligan memoirs, his madcap style of humour brings a smile, even though it is about war, but that's the British soldier for you.
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on 23 May 2014
Future generations, as well as appreciating Spike's enduring and self-deprecating wit will also I am sure give due weight to the very real historical value of his memoirs. Too often military history is written by ex-officers, or worse, academics and self - appointed experts, few, if any, of whom have any idea or interest about what the attitudes, life, or conditions were really like for the soldiers who were under their command, or who are the subject of their critical analysis.
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on 6 March 2013
Read my Dad's copy of this when growing up and loved it. One of the few books I've read that actually did make me laugh out loud.
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on 9 August 2014
This is the third volume I've read, I started out of order, and it's just as wonderful as the others. So clever, so honest and so brave. The language and references to hoggins had altered my view of morals around that time, probably for the better.

Spike Milligan comes across as quite a tough fella but fair and constantly looking at funny side of a ridiculous situation.
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on 16 January 2015
Second time I have read this, first time over 30 years ago, still as good
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on 7 November 2014
I have read Spikes books so much I had to get them on a safer version... they don't do well in the bath.!
A pure delight. Sad, Funny, Tragic. Spike tells War as it was. Not good. Not bad. A bit like Catford. And I know Catford. I live there.!!!
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on 30 October 2013
A hilarious, read. Laughed out loud a lot along with my wife who I read aloud to. Certainly lived up to my expectations. I bought the book because I enjoyed Spike Milligan's first volume of memoirs so much.
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