Stars in Battledress: The Story of Service Entertainers in World War II

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'Stars in Battledress' as the army entertainers were known, was a flying squad of artistes that included such famous names as Charlie Chester, Michael Denison, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Janet Brown and Faith Brook. The RAF Gang Shows boasted the talents of Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers (then a brilliant drummer), Dick Emery and David Lodge, while Donald Hewlett, Jon Pertwee, Arthur Lane and Russ Conway were among naval personnel that entertained British forces during WWII. The post-war Combined Services Entertainment enjoyed Frankie Howerd, Jimmy Perry, Ian Carmichael, Kenneth Williams and Stanlely Baxter in its ranks. Stars in Battledress is Bill Pertwee's insider account of how shows were put on in the various theatres of war and, for some, in the POW camps of eastern Europe and the Far East.

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Many of the stars of post-war British entertainment cut their teeth in Army entertainment; established artistes as part of ENSA and, braving the front lines, Stars in Battledress using talent drawn from the serving ranks. This book recounts the stories of such members as Charlie Chester and Spike Milligan as well as tales of the post-war Combined Service Entertainment in which Frankie Howerd and Stanley Baxter learned their trade.

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'Stars in Battledress', as the army entertainers were known, was a flying squad of artistes that included Charlie Chester, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. The RAF Gang Shows boasted Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers and Dick Emery. The other forces also had their hall of fame. Bill Pertwee recounts how shows were put on in the theatres of war and for some in POW Camps around the world.

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