New book tells the story of a World War II gunner
Those interested in World War II gun sites and batteries may be interested to know of a new publication we are aware of (having had an enquiry from the author some time back).
Far be it for me to try and better the description on the publisher’s site:
Armageddon Fed Up With This
A Gunner’s Tale
by Derek Nudd
In 1940 Eric Nudd, like millions of others, found himself unexpectedly in uniform – a raw conscript in a heavy anti-aircraft regiment. He grew over the next five years into a seasoned professional with the Normandy and North West European campaigns under his belt.
A previously unsuspected talent for maths took him from heaving shells to fire-control and then radar, giving him a ringside view of the manic wartime technology race. As a Fleet Street journalist, prolific letter-writer and occasional poet Eric published improvised news sheets from a succession of gun sites and dugouts.
Armageddon Fed Up With This – A Gunner’s Tale is told by a ‘civilian-in-uniform’ who was an acute observer and literate recorder of what he saw. His wry, sometimes scathing observations on the humour and idiocy of army life, and the military, political and cultural events of the time are set against the global cataclysm going on around him. The author, Derek Nudd, colours in the background for those of us lucky enough to have missed it.
Inspired by authors such as Cyril Demarne and Spike Milligan, Armageddon Fed Up With This provides a new perspective – from underneath – on the anti-aircraft forces who, for a while after the fall of France, were the only part of the army shooting back. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy historical and military biographies, and provide new insights for students of the period. The title was a contemporary joke.
The book is now with the printer, and the publisher’s web site is taking advance orders with the offer of a 20% discount.
The book includes a first-hand account of gunsite life at Gourock, Airdrie and Kilcreggan over the winter of 1941-42.
Transcripts of the regiment’s war diary for that period can be freely downloaded from the author’s web site: