History Literature / AdolfHitlerMyPartInHisDownfall

9th Feb '17 4:07:29 PM 04tele
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the first book, when Milligan gets his call-up papers, his Uncle tells him not to open it, adding that the last time he did, "I ended up in Mesopotamia, chased by Turks waving pots of Vaseline and chanting 'Lawrence we love you in Ottoman.'" This is a reference to T.E. Lawrence, and his account in his book ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom'' of how he'd been captured, beaten and raped by members of the Ottoman military during WW1.
6th Jan '17 1:35:02 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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3rd Nov '16 3:31:37 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Milligan clearly regarded Major Chater Jack as this (see StiffUpperLip, below.)
2nd Nov '16 7:38:41 AM 06tele
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* SpeechImpediment: Played for rather cruel laughs with the officer who pronounces the letter "d" is "g", telling Milligan "I'd like you to have your turn in the miggle of the show." On being asked the name of the band, Milligan tells him it's [[BlatantLies "D Battery Dance Duo with Doug on Drums"]].
2nd Nov '16 7:33:00 AM 06tele
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: After a particularly brutal attack by the Germans, a shaken Milligan enters the OP and says bluntly to Lt Walker "I've never drunk whisky but if you've got some I'd bloody well like some." Walker is taken aback by Milligan's lack of due respect for an officer, but on seeing what state Milligan is in, he says nothing and silently hands over the bottle.
2nd Nov '16 7:30:47 AM 06tele
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** Lt Goldsmith, who besides being a good officer and highly educated was also (on Milligan's account) witty, literate and kind.
2nd Nov '16 7:22:00 AM 06tele
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* BadassArmy: The 56th Heavy Regiment itself. Milligan reproduces with evident pride (but with no comment) a communication to the regimental commander, praising the regiment for its performance at the Battle of Longstop Hill, in which a captured German officer is quoted as having mistook the regiment for having been much bigger than it actually was, such was the rate of fire the gunners achieved.
2nd Nov '16 7:10:19 AM 06tele
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* SurroundedByIdiots: Milligan also presents himself as the only one with any knowledge of history, dragging complaining fellow Gunners on a day trip to the ruins of Carthage for instance.

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* SurroundedByIdiots: Milligan also presents himself as the only one with any knowledge of history, (or interest in) history and culture, e.g. dragging complaining fellow Gunners on a day trip to the ruins of Carthage for instance.Carthage.



* SwitchingPOV: Milligan sometimes includes recollections by old friends and former comrades. His account of his first meeting with Harry Secombe is followed by Secombe's own account of the same incident.



* UnreliableNarrator: Although a certain amount is to be expected in a comedy memoir by one Terrence Milligan, there's an apocryphal story about the making of TheFilmOfTheBook, concerning a scene in which one of Spike's comrades is left behind to guard the wreckage of a crashed German plane, which [[spoiler: suddenly and unexpectedly explodes, and kills him]]. Jim Dale apparently asked Spike whether watching them shoot the scene had [[spoiler: been upsetting]], to which Spike is alleged to have replied "Oh, it didn't actually ''happen''..."

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* UnreliableNarrator: Although a certain amount is to be expected in a comedy memoir by one Terrence Milligan, there's an apocryphal story about the making of TheFilmOfTheBook, concerning a scene in which one of Spike's comrades is left behind to guard the wreckage of a crashed German plane, which [[spoiler: suddenly and unexpectedly explodes, and kills him]]. Jim Dale apparently asked Spike whether watching them shoot the scene had [[spoiler: been upsetting]], to which Spike is alleged to have replied "Oh, it didn't actually ''happen''..."
2nd Nov '16 6:57:36 AM 06tele
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** Cold Collation.

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** Cold Collation.[[note]]This was an unsatisfying cold meal consisting of a small piece of chicken, some token bits of lettuce and cucumber and a blob of salad cream, which the soldiers are repeatedly given whenever there's no hot food available.[[/note]]
2nd Nov '16 6:53:58 AM 06tele
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* {{Badass}}: Milligan clearly regarded Major Chater Jack as this (see StiffUpperLip, below.)



* CantHaveSexEver: Edgington, who insists on keeping himself pure for his fiancee despite every opportunity.

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* CantHaveSexEver: Edgington, who insists on keeping himself pure for his fiancee fiancée despite every opportunity.opportunity.
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* GeneralRipper: "Jumbo" Jenkins.

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* GeneralRipper: "Jumbo" Jenkins.GeneralFailure: Major Jenkins, who is loathed by his troops for his devotion to military bullshit and who demotes Milligan from Lance-Corporal to Bombardier for no better reason than that Milligan is more popular than he is. Of course, Milligan admits to being an UnreliableNarrator so there may have been better reasons than that.



* PointyHairedBoss: Major Jenkins.



* StiffUpperLip: At one point while Major Chater Jack is addressing his men, a German plane flies over at very low altitude. The entire battery jumps into a ditch and as they crawl out are greeted by the sight of the Major still standing up, lighting a cigarette. He tells them "Now of course you realise in this situation that you did the right thing, and I the wrong..."

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* StiffUpperLip: At one point while Major Chater Jack is addressing his men, a German plane flies over at very low altitude. The entire battery jumps into a ditch and as they crawl out are greeted by the sight of the Major still standing up, standing, calmly lighting a cigarette. He then tells them "Now of course you realise in this situation that you did the right thing, and I the wrong..."


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* WhatHaveIDone: Played for BlackComedy. The regiment is continually buzzed by an American P-38 Lightning, so after one pass, Milligan shouts at it "I hope you bloody well crash!" The plane then crashes into the sea and explodes. Milligan is momentarily stunned, but any lingering guilt or trauma he may had is not mentioned, and the other soldiers refer to it as "Milligan's aircraft curse" and urge him to use it whenever they see an enemy plane.
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