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Badges And Uniforms Of The RAF (Paperback)

Aviation RAF

By Malcolm Hobart, Malcolm Hobart
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 143
ISBN: 9781848848948
Published: 2nd January 2013
Last Released: 27th July 2015

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The Royal Air Force may be the youngest of the three armed services but its near century-old history ranks amongst the finest annals of our national heritage. The sacrifice, skill and bravery of those who have worn 'light blue' in many forms are legendary.

It is therefore vital that the tens of thousands of men and women who have given the RAF its world-renowned reputation should not be over-shadowed by the aircraft they have flown in or supported on the ground. The uniforms and insignia so proudly worn by members of the RAF and its predecessor, the Royal Flying Corps, as well as by the WRAF, RAF Reserve and Auxiliary Services, Air Training Corps and the little publicised Royal Observer Corps, deserve a definitive work. Fortunately Malcolm Hobart has skilfully addressed this deficiency. Badges and Uniforms of the Royal Air Force is a vital work for militaria collectors and all those with a particular interest in the history of the RAF and aviation.

High quality colour photographs of virtually evry badge described in the text. The scope of the book was commendably wide. It was thus a valuable aid to anyone collecting RAF badges – and a useful reminder to those of us who would otherwise have forgotten some of the less common badges and accoutrements that have adorned RAF uniform over the years.

Royal Air Force Historical Society Journal

A definitive guide to badges worn by the Flying Corps, Royal Air Force and auxiliary units. This vital work is ideal for those militaria collectors and all those with a particular interest in the history of the RAF and aviation.

Pennant Magazine

The book contains many colour photographs displaying various examples of cloth and metal badges, but the real treasure is the written sections. Aside from describing the imagery, they give interesting background history and details, such as why the RAF adopted the laurel wreath, as well as explaining the history of the youngest service, from its earliest days as the RFC.
Hobart's evident experience with the workings of the Royal Air Force, together with his impressive research justifies his choice of images, thus creating a valuable insight into RAF badges, and the service itself.
It is an excellent and successful overview of what is essentially an immense subject. Fairly priced and conveniently sized, it would be a suitable companion for new collectors, as well as more advanced collectors who share an interest in the RAF and its uniforms.

OCAD Militaria Collectors Resources

The personnel of the RAF proudly wore their uniform and insignia. Their aspect of the RAF’s history is the focus of this book. It covers the RAF, its predecessors (the RFC & RNAS), the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF), the RAF Reserve and Auxiliary formations, the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the little-known Royal Observer Corps (ROC). Undoubtedly it is destined to become the standard reference work on this subject.
The main aim of the book is to aid identification of uniforms and insignia and to describe their significance. This objective is easily accomplished by their volume. The book is structured in an easy to use format which significantly aids these aims.
Each chapter is lavishly illustrated with excellent photographs/ images of the myriad of badges worn by RAF and its associated personnel. One has to congratulate the author on his superb work and I am confident that this book is going to become the standard reference book on this topic.

Dr Stuart Blank, Military Archive Research
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