The Ups & Downs of a Gunner - Albert Figg
In February 1939, with the prospect of war looming, 18-year-old Albert Figg joined the Royal Artillery TA. He was told that as a field gunner, three miles behind the front line, he stood a slightly better chance of coming out of the war alive. Fortunately, this was the case. Albert, now 96, presents this book; a personal account of his fascinating life before, during and after the war. Learn how this young, inexperienced boy made sergeant less than two years after joining the army, and how his determination and humour saw him through the trying times that lay ahead. Experience the ever-changing social landscape of post-war Britain and the efforts of a good man to provide for a growing family. Perhaps most incredibly, read how Albert shows no sign of slowing down in his later years. He continues to champion the memory of the fallen, including masterminding the efforts, against the odds, to site several monuments at Hill 112. An ordinary man with an extraordinary tale to tell, Albert Figg has provided us with a gripping, funny, saddening and insightful tale of a life lived to the full, reminding us that some of the biggest events in history are all too recent, and should never be forgotten.