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'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?'

A Confrontation in the Desert
Narrated by: Spike Milligan
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of 'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?', written and read by Spike Milligan.

'Keep talking, Milligan. I think I can get you out on mental grounds.'
'That's how I got in, sir.'
'Didn't we all?'

The second volume of Spike Milligan's legendary recollections of life as a gunner in World War Two sees our hero into battle in North Africa - eventually.

First, there is important preparation to be done: extensive periods of loitering ('we had been standing by vehicles for an hour, and nothing had happened, but it happened frequently'); psychological toughening ('if a man dies when you hang him, keep hanging him until he gets used to it'); and living dangerously ('no underwear!'). At last the battle for Tunis is upon them....

©2015 Spike Milligan (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Spike at his best

Great listen and most enjoyable, Spike as funny as ever,must get book and series of books

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war from the point of view of a private soldier

Most war histories are written by high ranking officers. This perspective by Sir Terence Milligan is a refreshing departure by a low ranker. - yes, I said ranker. Would Spike have envisaged his Knighthood at the time - he would surely have been the butt of many a joke had his comrades in arms foreseen it.

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Excellent memoir well narrated

All of Spike Milligan's war memoirs manage to be hilarious and poignant in equal measure. Well worth a listen

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Milligan PT2

Brilliant ! I think the author would have said, pt2, follows on after PT 1

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The amazing Spike at War

A very very funny true story of Army life during war written and read by an amazing man and comedian Spike brilliant

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Outstanding story

Laughed, wept, moved, entertained, enlightened. Milligan's memoir is a joy to listen, his voices are superb.

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Read as it's written.

Spike was mad, and the book is written like that fluctuating unexpectedly from mapcap to poignant in an instant. I guess that's war for you. Capitivating.

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spike

sound needed to be turn all the way up to hear and then had to repeat some text again to hear and understand what was said. but still a good listen and you understand a little more about the man.entertauning.

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Spike Milligan

Second in Spikes wartime memoirs, it’s full of bitter sweet humour and sadness as he actually goes to the front line .

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Just brilliant

Listened to it in the car on the way to and from work.

Found myself driving slowly and choosing the longer route to be able to enjoy more of the book every drive.

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  • JermUK
  • 01-08-18

Spike Milligan, as funny as he ever was.

The title of this should say it all, but apparently I need fifteen words in this review, so here are a few more...
You'd probably have to be a fan of Mr. Milligan to be able to appreciate the narrative. However it does give one a real sense of what your average bloke went through during World War Two. Long stretches of boredom ameliorated with a developing humour that is evident in Milligan's broadcasting career in The Goons, as well as his other productions. The boredom however is also interspersed with actual warfare..not for the faint hearted.
I tried to read the book as a youngster (12/13 years of age) and found it a bit tedious.Oh callow youth!!
Having listened to Spike reading his own words I am going to have to find the other volumes he alludes to. Needles to say, it helps that it is Spike that is reading it.
There, more than fifteen words!