Goodbye Soldier

Author: Spike Milligan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241966205

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared. '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 'My namer is Maria Antonoinetta Fontana, but everyone call me Toni.' 'I'm Spike, sometimes known as stop thief or hey you.' 'Yeser, I know.' The sixth volume of Spike Milligan's off-the-wall account of his part in World War Two sees our hero doing very little soldiering. Because it's 1946. Rather, he is now part of the Bill Hall Trio - a 'Combined Services Entertainment' inflicted on unsuspecting soldiers across Italy and Austria - and is largely preoccupied with the unbearably beautiful ballerina, Ms Toni Fontana ('Arghhhhhhhhh!). But he must enjoy it while he can before he is demobbed and sent home to Catford - so he does ... 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal' Terry Wogan 'A totally original comedy writer' Michael Palin 'Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' Guardian Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Tomorrow, soldier.

Part Two: Perfect Proposal

Author: Paul F.F. Hood with Carra Leah Hood

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463462611

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 520

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Tomorrow, soldier. by Paul F. F. Hood is an autobiographical novel in four parts: Part One, subtitled Gun Oil; Part Two, subtitled Perfect Proposal; Part Three, subtitled Himmler’s Gas Station; and Part Four, subtitled Return of the 8017 Elite SS. The novel, set from the end of World War II through the onset of the Cold War until the beginning of the Korean War, chronicles one soldier’s ongoing quest for a “normal” life. Instead, Paul F. Barker, an army Staff Sergeant, finds himself in the midst of a characteristically abnormal world in-between-the-wars. He struggles with the trauma of surviving and remembering wartime horrors as well as the effects of global espionage on his friendships, intimate relationships, and business dealings. There is nothing “normal” here, nothing is as it seems, not even Marlene Dietrich.

Transforming Souls

Author: Donna Harrelson-Burnett

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453502505

Category: Poetry

Page: 91

View: 2002

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Donna Harrelson-Burnett is an awesome woman of God whose passion for saving lives has gone beyond and above the call of duty to help save lives through her ministry Transforming Souls. It’s because of her newfound desire to reach out to others that her drama ministry which addresses domestic violence and incest has transformed lives. Her new compelling book entitled “Transforming Souls” was birth out of her connection to her siblings and her need to express and convey the message that after life there is light at the end of the tunnel and that our love one’s who are deceased are sometimes our guardian angels in the midst of it all. Today Donna is not only a proud author and poet but, also a much sought after motivational speaker and mentor with a powerful message of hope and restoration for all. In the bible it states in Roman 12:2 And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Goodbye, Transylvania

A Romanian Waffen-SS Soldier in WWII

Author: Sigmund Heinz Landau

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811762122

Category: History

Page: 224

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Rare memoir of a foreigner serving with the Germans on the Eastern Front.

The Long Goodbye

A Novel

Author: Raymond Chandler

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

ISBN: 140003020X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times). In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone

Author: Sasa Stanisic

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297855743

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Aleksandar is Comrade-in-Chief of fishing, the best magician in the non-aligned States and painter of unfinished things. He knows the first chapter of Marx's Das Kapital by heart but spends most of his time playing football in the Bosnian town of Visegrad on the banks of the river Drina. When his grandfather, a master storyteller, dies of the fastest heart attack in the world while watching Carl Lewis's record, Aleksandar promises to carry on the tradition. However when the shadow of war spreads to Visegrad, the world as he knows it stops. Suddenly it is not important how heavy a spider's life weighs, or why Marko's horse is related to Superman. Suddenly it is important to have the right name and to pretend that the little Muslim girl Asija is his sister. Then Aleksandar's parents decide to flee to Germany and he must leave his new friend behind.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Ministering to Returning Combat Veterans

Author: David A. Thompson,Darlene Wetterstrom

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426722109

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Help bring combat veterans all the way back home. Over a half million combat veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. With thousands of military personnel still deployed, few communities escape the direct impact of solders returning from war. Yet their needs and the needs of their families are often hidden in plain sight in our congregations and communities. This book identifies specific needs of veterans and their families and gives creative and practical ways your church can minister to them. It is a “must have” for anyone serious about giving back to those who have given so much. "You [Thompson and Wetterstrom] are plowing very important ground, and I thank you for the reminder." - author Philip Yancey

Goodbye Vietnam

Author: William Broyles

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480404330

Category: History

Page: 284

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In this “essential” memoir, a former marine returns to Vietnam years later to try to make sense of the war (Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead). When William Broyles Jr. was drafted, he was a twenty-four-year-old student at Oxford University in England, hoping to avoid military service. During his physical exam, however, he realized that he couldn’t let social class or education give him special privileges. He joined the marines, and soon commanded an infantry platoon in the foothills near Da Nang. More than a decade later, Broyles found himself flooded with emotion during the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. He decided to return to Vietnam and confront what he’d been through. Broyles was one of the very first combat veterans to return to the battlefields. No American before or since has gone so deeply into the other side of the war: the enemy side. Broyles interviews dozens of Vietnamese, from the generals who ran the war to the men and women who fought it. He moves from the corridors of power in Hanoi—so low-tech that the plumbing didn’t work—to the jungles and rice paddies where he’d fought. He meets survivors of American B-52 strikes and My Lai, and grieves with a woman whose son was killed by his own platoon. Along the way, Broyles also explores the deep bonds he shared with his own comrades, and the mystery of why men love war even as they hate it. Amidst the landscape of death, his formerly faceless enemies come to life. They had once tried to kill each other, but they are all brothers now. Previously published as Brothers in Arms, this edition includes a new preface by the author.

Goodbye to All That

Author: Robert Graves

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141911689

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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In 1929 Robert Graves went to live abroad permanently, vowing 'never to make England my home again'. This is his superb account of his life up until that 'bitter leave-taking': from his childhood and desperately unhappy school days at Charterhouse, to his time serving as a young officer in the First World War that was to haunt him throughout his life. It also contains memorable encounters with fellow writers and poets, including Siegfried Sassoon and Thomas Hardy, and covers his increasingly unhappy marriage to Nancy Nicholson. Goodbye to All That, with its vivid, harrowing descriptions of the Western Front, is a classic war document, and also has immense value as one of the most candid self-portraits of an artist ever written. Includes illustrations and explanatory footnotes.

Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers

Dialogues With Gay Young Men in the U.S. Military

Author: Steven Zeeland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317765028

Category: Social Science

Page: 293

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Among all the literature published on gays in the military, Steven Zeeland’s first book remains one of a kind. Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers is a raw, unsanitized personal record of conversations the author had with young soldiers and airmen stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Zeeland’s intimate involvement with these men enabled him to document in honest, visceral terms the day-to-day reality of gay military men’s lives and how they work, play, and, in many instances, how the military actually helped them come out. Ironically, despite the military’s antigay policies, these men found that military service placed them in environments where they had to come to terms with their erotic feelings for other men, and sent them overseas to places where they found greater freedom to explore their sexuality than they could have back home. While a few of Zeeland’s buddies were targeted for discharge, most portray an atmosphere of sexually tense tolerance and reveal a surprising degree of openness with straight co-workers and roommates. The 16 fascinating interviews in Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers challenge popular assumptions and stereotypes about gay men in the military and provide significant information on: gay military sexual networks male sexual fluidity in barracks life strategies for survival as a gay or bisexual male in the U.S. military German-American relations attitudes toward the gay ban The casual, conversational structure of Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers makes it a richly entertaining read. No other book provides such a warm and intimate portrait of the lives of young gay soldiers and airmen. Visit Steven Zeeland at his home page: http://www.stevenzeeland.com

The Year I Said Goodbye

Author: Peter Winter

Publisher: Wakefield Press

ISBN: 9781862546103

Category: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Page: 269

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Platoon commander Peter Winter was a career soldier who went to Vietnam in 1970 with ambitions of advancement and promotion. The experience of war resulted in upheaval, anger with the Moratorium movement, and a feeling of isolation from the rest of his countrymen. Each day, he would write home to his family to tell of his emotions and opinions.

Jehovah Goodbye

Author: Richard Shiningthunder Francis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595277268

Category: Philosophy

Page: 188

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In this explosively controversial book, Richard Francis says that people who worship monsters become monsters. Most worship a godimage that is stupid and vicious! Worshiping this ancient wargod, this "ultimate extraterrestrial," drives people psychotic. For their god is psychotic. Religion, the world's worst idea, has spawned nightmarish, ghastly godimages. These have haunted and troubled us since childhood. Let us recognize a God Who is not a "big daddy in the sky," but Who is Love Itself. God is not a person, but a state of mind called "cosmic Love." Knowing God as Love demolishes theories of everlasting torture in hellfire and cruel, childish Armageddon, replacing them with healthy views. If you think that the cosmos is ruled by a madman, you are going to live very differently than if you believe that it is regulated by a being of Love, tranquility and bliss.

The Big Goodbye

Author: Michael Lister

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781888146783

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

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In 1940's Panama City, Florida, the growing panhandle paradise is doing its part for the war. Wealthy banker Harry Lewis is running for mayor, unaware his wife, Lauren, has a secret to hide and is running for her life. "The Big Goodbye" is Florida noir at its finest.

Borrowed Soldiers

Americans Under British Command, 1918

Author: Mitchell A. Yockelson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806186690

Category: HISTORY

Page: 256

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The combined British Expeditionary Force and American II Corps successfully pierced the Hindenburg Line during the Hundred Days Campaign of World War I, an offensive that hastened the war’s end. Yet despite the importance of this effort, the training and operation of II Corps has received scant attention from historians. Mitchell A. Yockelson delivers a comprehensive study of the first time American and British soldiers fought together as a coalition force—more than twenty years before D-Day. He follows the two divisions that comprised II Corps, the 27th and 30th, from the training camps of South Carolina to the bloody battlefields of Europe. Despite cultural differences, General Pershing’s misgivings, and the contrast between American eagerness and British exhaustion, the untested Yanks benefited from the experience of battle-toughened Tommies. Their combined forces contributed much to the Allied victory. Yockelson plumbs new archival sources, including letters and diaries of American, Australian, and British soldiers to examine how two forces of differing organization and attitude merged command relationships and operations. Emphasizing tactical cooperation and training, he details II Corps’ performance in Flanders during the Ypres-Lys offensive, the assault on the Hindenburg Line, and the decisive battle of the Selle. Featuring thirty-nine evocative photographs and nine maps, this account shows how the British and American military relationship evolved both strategically and politically. A case study of coalition warfare, Borrowed Soldiers adds significantly to our understanding of the Great War.