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Spike Milligan MONTY HIS PART IN MY VICTORY First Edition

Spike Milligan MONTY HIS PART IN MY VICTORY First Edition

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First UK edition, first print hardback of MONTY HIS PART IN MY VICTORY by Spike Milligan and edited by Jack Hobbs. Published by Michael Joseph Ltd., London, in 1976. Jacket design by Les Lawrence.

The book is in very good condition (clean black boards and gilt lettering on spine) with only minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light creasing to edges, slight tanning inside the jacket). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears. There is minor tanning to the pages.

Spike Milligan's third volume of hilarious, legendary war memoirs, Monty: His Part in My Victory runs to only about 90 pages of text. It recounts a period when the Nazis have been defeated in Africa and Milligan is not fighting.

The book mostly describes Milligan's activities on leave, playing in a band and minor adventures and tribulations while on duty. Events span from May to September 1943: just after Operation Torch, the liberation of Africa in World War II, to Milligan's embarkation in Salerno, Italy.

There is a mix of photos, sketches, letters and mischievous ersatz Nazi communiques, similar to those in the earlier volumes in the series.

"After Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall and Rommel? Gunner Who?, Bombardier Milligan and the ordinary layabouts of the 1st and 8th Armies celebrate their amazing victory over the formidable German Army in North Africa.

What prizes were in store for the victors? Mostly pouring rain and the same rotten food they always got. But with Milligan around, there was always plenty of hilarity - including playing the trumpet while 500 troops danced with two girls, and swimming nude in the Mediterranean while a German POW band played Tyrolean waltzes on the beach.

'Well, the war is over', Milligan writes in a letter to his brother Hairy, 'but no one has the nerve to tell us. The American troops don't know what we are, they drive past in Cadillacs, throw us sweets and ask where our sisters are . . .

The NAAFI queue is nine miles long, the men from the front are from World War One. Our major wants us to invade Italy so he can see Vesuvius "before it goes out".

We leave Bombardier Milligan nobly answering the Major's call - on a lorry on top of an invasion ship - 'Why are we waiting?'- 'Tor the tide' - 'Best news I've had' - 'Why?' - 'Med's tideless . . ."

'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

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

128 pages. Illustrated with black & white photographs in the text and endpapers.

ISBN: 0 7181 1531 7

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