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RAF National Service in Six Movements: A Conscript's Experiences in the RAF of the 1950s [Paperback]

Roy Taylor
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Woodfield Publishing (16 Nov 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 1873203985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873203989
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roy Taylor was just one of the many thousands of young British men of the postwar era who were called-up for a compulsory two-year stint in the armed forces - an experience which defined their generation.

For most, it was a time that they now look back upon with affection, when at an impressionable age they were thrown together with many others from all over the country and forced to learn the value of discipline, self-reliance and comradeship. Not surprisingly, many came to feel that the lessons they learnt during these years set them up for life, and in this respect Roy is no exception.

For him, National Service represented a welcome escape from his less than happy home life, an opportunity to meet new people, learn a trade and visit new places... six new places to be precise - Cardington, West Kirby, Sandwich, St. Margaret's, Barkway and Truleigh Hill

In the course of his enjoyable account of his years in RAF uniform he takes us to each of these places in turn as he progresses through his training to his posting on active service and in doing so he provides us with a series of accurate and believable snapshots of the life of a young National Serviceman in the 1950s.


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4.0 out of 5 stars RAF National Service 1950s 6 Aug 2013
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This is well-written and a nostalgic reminder of my own time in the 1950s in the RAF. Roy Taylor has done remarkably well in recalling so many details of this long gone time of his National Service.

He has some nice photographs which he shares with us in this book and, unlike me, he can remember many of the names of those who went through this period with him.

I'm sure that most ex-RAF men and women will enjoy reading this account of life in the services, especially if they went through the portals of RAF Cardington and the dreaded RAF West Kirby, both (sadly) now extinct.

Why didn't I award 5-stars? Well, to be brutally frank, it was because there was a tad too much about cross-country running. I know that this was something that meant a lot to Roy and he is rightly proud of some of his achievements in this form of athletics but perhaps "less is more" might have been the watchword here.

All-in-all I would thoroughly recommend this account of National Service in the RAF to all who went through this experience; a time that most look back on with much affection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Read 19 Jan 2014
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Got it for my dad who went through the same locations at the same time. He loved the book and it brought back some forgotten memories...big thanks!
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