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Constant Vigilance: The RAF Regiment in the Burma Campaign: The RAF Regiment in South-East Asia Command Hardcover – 22 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation; First Edition edition (22 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844155005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844155002
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 18.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book had more information on the RAF 34 squadron than I had ever found in any other book I have read. The detail was very easy to follow and I managed to plot places my father had been, which upto now had been hard to find, the bonus being there was dates next to places/events, and this enabled me to match them with fathers diary from his time in Burma.
This book is also very easy to read, it flows very nicely too. I have read numerous books on the RAF in Burma and some are hard to follow or you do not get the right feel for the places or people concerned, this book was just a fantastic read full of useful information from front to back cover. I would highly recommend this book for detailed information, dates and readability.
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The fact that the RAF played such a vital role in supporting the allied land forces in Burma was never in doubt but, until Nigel Warwick wrote this book, the critical role played by the RAF Regiment in keeping the forward jungle airstrips open for the aircraft to land was little known. The infamous battle for Meiktila is a case in point, where the Regiment fought a bloody 12-day action against the potent Japanese army. The author blends the higher strategic picture in beautifully with that of the man on the ground and his research was clearly immaculate. As all the WWII Burma veterans are being steadily lost with time, this book was timely and, above all, much needed. It is so much more than a list of events and activities; the book draws out the in-depth story of courage and adversity, and portrays the barely 3-year old RAF Regiment in its glory. If this is Nigel Warwick's first book, the future looks bright.
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Being ex- RAF regiment myself, I was always keen to learn about my old unit's history. This book tells the story of the Regiment's South East Asia campaign clearly, giving a very readable combination of campaign overview as well as from the airman's view. Crammed with quotes from men who were there, and many photographs and maps, this is an essential read for anyone who wants to know more about the RAF Regiment. It covers the initial setting up of the Regiment depot in Secunderabad, right through the Burma battles, to policing the peace after the surrender and demobilisation.
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A superb work by Nigel Warwick covering a little known but crucial contribution by the RAF Regiment. The author brings the subject to life stepping deftly between the strategic level down to the thoughts of individual gunners and officers. It's overview of the British campaign in South East Asia is valuable in its own right. Warwick's other work, 'In Every Place: The RAF Armoured Cars in The Middle East 1921-1953' is similarly masterful and is, if anything, even better than Constant Vigilance.
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