Hitler - My Part In His Downfall

Spike Milligan's war memoirs, read by lifelong Milligan fan Paul Merton.

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20080201

Spike Milligan's war memoirs, read by lifelong Milligan fan Paul Merton.

2/6. Spike takes his first steps into show business when his newly formed band becomes the hottest jazz combo working in the Bexhill area.

20080208

Spike Milligan's war memoirs, read by lifelong Milligan fan Paul Merton.

3/6. Spike recounts the barrack room japes and pranks that went on after lights out, and recalls the marvellous army eccentrics he met. They included Gunner Octavian Neat, who would appear naked in the barrack room to ask: 'Does anybody know a good tailor?'

20080215

Spike Milligan's war memoirs, read by lifelong Milligan fan Paul Merton.

4/6. The battery's hapless involvement in one of Montgomery's training exercises.

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Spike Milligan's war memoirs, read by lifelong Milligan fan Paul Merton.

5/6. Spike is posted to Hailsham, where the Signal section indulges in a 'lie-in' contest. They amuse themselves during tours of duty with the first seeds of The Goon Show.

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Spike Milligan's war memoirs, read by lifelong Milligan fan Paul Merton.

6/6. The battery is finally posted overseas, and Spike and the troops head to Algiers.

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"Young Milligan is called up, but because he was trying to impress the girls from Catford Labour Exchange, he arrives late to join D Battery, 56th Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery, in Bexhill-on-Sea."