Lester's satirical look at the horrors of war - and the ill-conceived glorification of it in war films - is perhaps his most brilliant effort ever. I'll go further, "How I Won The War" may be one of the most unjustly ignored and underrated films of the past 30+ years. Granted, Lester's dense symbolism, Brechtian framing devices, layered sound and use of flashbacks/forwards will confuse some, put off those who are looking for the light comedy of Lester's "A Hard Day's Night", but if you put those assumptions aside and let "War" wash over you, you will be rewarded with a rich and mature comedy with bite. Major credit also goes to Lester's screenwriter, Charles Wood (who also scripted "Help!"). Excellent performances throughout (including a quite eerie Lennon death scene), with special mention to Michael Crawford, who pulls off a difficult role as the hapless Lt. Goodbody. The late Roy Kinnear shines (as usual). This film is not for everyone, but it is for anyone who appreciates tales well-told and cinema that attempts to do more than simply entertain. The don't make 'em like this anymore, and more's the pity.