By Spike Milligan
Britain's looniest struggle hero completes the 3rd quantity of the Milligan memoirs. The 19th battery forge into Tunis, cocksure and carefree. They climb on aqueduct without trousers on (the battery that's; the aqueduct used to be very well-dressed). gunners try and dance with ladies and an previous French matron...up there in Valhalla, Monty's giggling healthy to burst.
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