'My bit in Spike Milligan's part in Hitler's downfall'

'August 1942, waiting to board the ship. It was a drab England. The Blitz had come and gone but we still observed the blackout.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 11:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:51 pm
Basil Dick (back row on the left, wearing a false beard) with ship mates in Burma

The invasion scare had passed but we still had barbed wire on many of the beaches. Food was rationed – wisely, since the worst month for shipping losses was two months hence, November 1942. Cigarettes from under the counter – regular customers only – clothing coupons, air raid shelters and sandbags, petrol rationed and signposts removed.”