By Spike Milligan
'At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a shuttle warrant, a white feather and an image of Hitler marked 'This is your enemy'. I searched each compartment, yet he wasn't at the train'. Spike Milligan's at the march, blitzing pal and foe alike together with his uproarious memories of military lifestyles from enlistment to the touchdown at Algiers in 1943. Bathos, pathos and gales of drunken laughter, and insane army goonery explode in superlative Milliganese.
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Chris Mead wrote: The 1936 Olympics in Berlin added to the impression that the Nazis viewed sports as a test of their racist and nationalistic ideology. The performance of Jesse Owens and a host of other black track-and-field athletes highlighted the symbolic aspects of contest between American blacks and Germans. Now a German boxer n7as sailing to America for a fight with the black heavyweight champion of the world. The swastika hugged Schmeling like flypaper. It was a war in the ring between Germany and the United States.
The Doctor wanted me to get up and read to the class. " I got a little embarrassed because in 1934 Germans were not popular. Hitler was on the prowl and the Nazis were turning out. The Olympic Games were scheduled for Berlin in 1936. Hitler hoped to use the Olvmpics as a showcase for his master race. But The Real Heroes instead those games became the greatest showcase for the American Negro athlete. In 1936 the best sprinters and jumpers in the world were black Americans. At the Olympics, Cornelius Johnson won the high jump, Archie Williams won the 400 meters and John Woodruff won the 800 meters.
It was near East Alarneda Street and North Main. They had fights there every Saturday night. The place was a big tent, like a circus, with bleachers and sawdust on the floor. We used to sneak in through a break in the tent. The men that went there got drunk watching fights. When they reached into their pockets for some money to pay for a beer, some change would fall out and drop in the sawdust. After the fights there would be a jillion luds digging through the sawdust looking for the loose change.