MEL BROOKS STARRING IN “I WAS A COMBAT ENGINEER”
Veteran: Mel Brooks
Artist: Michael Koulermos
Writer: Bob Schulman
“War isn’t Hell,” Mel Brooks noted, “It’s worse. All those shells and bombs going off all around you. Never mind death. A man could lose his hearing!"
Being a “smarty,” Brooklyn born Melvin Kaminsky was placed in the elite Army Specialized Training Program and sent to VMI to hone his skills. Private Kaminsky was soon drafted into the Army 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion.
“Isn’t that ridiculous?” Mel Brooks would later say, “The two things I hate most in the world are combat and engineering." Arriving late to World War II, he was just in time to diffuse land minds during the Battle of the Bulge.
When enemy propaganda boomed in over loud speakers young Melvin, (already morphing into “Mel),” set up his own sound system and countered with Al Jolson. The Germans didn’t have a chance.
They still didn’t years later: “Will the dancing Hitler’s please wait in the wings? We are only seeing singing Hitler’s.”
Audiences had no chance either, laughing ever since.