Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Armageddon Fed Up With this A Gunner's Tale
It relates the story of his father Eric Nudd, and his wartime experiences.
Millions of men (and women, too, for that matter) had wartime experiences that perhaps equalled or even excelled those of Eric Nudd.
So, what made Eric Nudd so different? This is the part of his life that I find so interesting, he was a journalist (Fleet Street, no less, at a time when working on Fleet Street had more than a little cache to it) a prolific writer of letters and an author of a number of poems.
Eric Nudd was able, by sending letters home to his family, to paint a highly accurate and vivid picture of the actions of an ordinary gunner at work.
Due to a number of circumstances (a hitherto unidentified flair for mathematics being one) Eric passed through a number of roles such as a gunner in a heavy anti-aircraft unit to becoming heavily involved in the high tech world of RADAR.
Derek Nudd has taken his father's letters home and has skillfully woven them into a rich tapestry that displays what the war was like for an ordinary chap (basically a bloke who was a civilian really, but who had to don the guise of a soldier because Hitler insisted on doing what despots always do, undertaking despotic acts) who had an extraordinary ability with the pen (he was an outstandingly good artist) and the typewriter.
Indeed he wrote and produced some superb newspapers (hand designed, naturally!) in all sorts of dangerous wartime locations.
The book shows Eric Nudd as a man of immense charm and wit, of outstanding abilities and a canny, yet kindly, observer of human nature.
The book contains a number of photographs and a collection of Eric's poetry, of a somewhat eclectic collection of ideas and themes.
Eric Nudd died at the tragically early age of 54.
Everyone should own a copy of this book and as it costs a mere £13.99 for a shade under 400 pages, it is worth every penny.
It is published by Matador and the ISBN is 978-1-78462-130-8.
It is available to purchase at the That's Book and Entertainment Amazon-powered bookshop on the right hand side of this site.