By Peter Brown

RAF Southend focuses in diary-type structure at the airport among October 1940 and August 1944, from whilst it turned a fighter station in its personal correct, to it turning into an armament perform camp later within the struggle. It describes the manning and upkeep of the ahead fighter station, frequently less than assault, and follows the various fortunes of the employees and team of workers who have been published there, and the highs and lows and sometimes tragic occasions that happened on and round the aerodrome. It additionally offers in-depth info of the varied protective and offensive operations performed by means of many of the RAF fighter squadrons whereas established there. via interviews with ex-staff and eyewitnesses 'who have been there' and the meticulous cross-referencing of unique fabric, it makes for a really exact and engaging learn for individuals with an curiosity in neighborhood background and/or aviation and armed forces historical past.

Show description

Read or Download RAF Southend PDF

Best military books

Japanese Castles in Korea 1592-98 (Fortress, Volume 67)

The japanese invasion and profession of Korea, which lasted from 1592 to 1598, used to be the one get together in eastern heritage while samurai aggression was once became opposed to a international kingdom. through the career of Korea the japanese outfitted 25 wajo or castles. not like the castles inbuilt Japan, those castles have been by no means constructed or modernized after the japanese departure which means that the main points of past due sixteenth century citadel development are greater preserved than at many different websites.

The 25-pounder Field Gun 1939-72 (New Vanguard, Volume 48)

Of all of the British weapons in use in the course of the moment global struggle, the 25 pounder is the gun that top represents Britain's military. It used to be adaptable, it packed a strong punch, and in particular it was once trustworthy. This booklet offers a whole wrestle heritage of a gun that was once utilized in each theatre of the second one international warfare and observed wide provider within the postwar years, fairly in Korea and through the Malaysian emergency.

21ST PANZER DIVISION: Rommel's Afrika Korps Spearhead

The hot Spearhead sequence is designed to examine the innovative of warfare, facing devices in a position to working thoroughly independently within the leading edge of conflict. each one quantity within the sequence examines a ancient devices origins, historical past, association, order of conflict, conflict background, insignia and markings.

The Blunted Sword-The Erosion of Military Power in Modern World Politics

Within the final half the 20th century, the world's strongest countries, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, were not able to impose their will on a ways smaller and weaker countries–notably Vietnam and Afghanistan–by technique of armed strength. Evan Luard means that those disasters are symptomatic of a basic swap in global politics.

Extra info for RAF Southend

Example text

Rumours of war were rife and it appeared that the French and Imperial ambassadors to Henry’s court were about to be recalled. The ambassadors did depart the country but the French informed Thomas Cromwell that a replacement would soon arrive. Nonetheless, before his departure, the French ambassador was informed that ‘the King was quite able to defend himself’, and was shown Cromwell’s own armoury as an example of the kind of advanced preparations then in place. Another rumour spread that Francis and Charles were preparing to issue a proclamation forbidding countries to have any dealings with England.

Qxd 5/30/07 10:28 PM Page 44 The castles in war The invasion scare of 1538–39 The irony of the Henrician castles is that by the time they were completed, the threat they had been intended to counter had passed over, and they were never tested during the reign of Henry VIII. In fact, as early as 1539 when many of the building operations were just getting started, the likelihood of invasion had largely receded, but the king continued with the programme, viewing it as a worthwhile investment for the long-term defence of his realm.

Life in the castles must have been tedious and tensions between the garrisons might have occasionally been high. For example, on November 18, 1545 the Privy Council in London received the following complaint: John Barley, deputy of Walmer castle, complaining of interruption by Wm. Blechenden, his captain, and John Barrowe and Henry Griffyn, gunners there, complaining that they are thrust out, letters were written to Blechenden for their continuance. 40 In April the following year, the Privy Council issued warrants to the treasurer of the Chamber for 38 shillings, for conduct and coats, ‘to John Barroe [sic] and Henry Griffyn, late gunners at Walmer castle and dismissed for lewd demeanour to their captain’.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.01 of 5 – based on 30 votes