Books about National Service

For a generation of British teenagers, being 'called up' to do two years National Service during the postwar era of the 1940s/50s was an experience that defined their young lives. These books tell a few of their stories...

Erks On Parade

by Graham Wise
A humorous look at the life of an ordinary RAF Airman in the 1950s.
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Going Nowhere

by Tom Eadie
A Nottinghamshire lad's National Service experiences with the Royal Artillery in Malaya 1954-56.
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In Defence of the Realm

by Peter Voyse
An erk-some account of RAF National Service 1954-56 working on the Chain Home Low air defence system
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Letters Home - A National Servicemans Sketchbook

By Edmund Hodges
A talented artist on National Service in Egypt and Cyprus 1955/56 illustrates his letters home with paintings and sketches.
ISBN 1-84683-072-9
Delivery time:5-7 Days
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My Best Blue Days – Recollections of an RAF Airman 1952-56

by Reg Chiddick
Enjoyable account of the author's for years National Service in the Royal Air Force as an Electrical Mechanic (Air) 1952-56
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National Service Erk

by Ron Swain
An RAF airman’s experiences with 148 Squadron 1952-3
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RAF National Service in Six Movements

by Roy Taylor
An RAF National Serviceman's experiences in the 1950s as a Radar Technician.
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RAF Plumber

by Michael 'Andy' Anderton
Experiences with things that go bang ~ during 30 years as an RAF Armourer 1953-83
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Return to Gan

by Michael Butler
An account of activities at RAF Gan in 1960-61 and of a recent return visit to see what remains of the former base.
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Safari Mzuri

Safari Mzuri

by Brian J. Elliott
RAF National Servicemen have a wild time in 1960's Kenya in this entertaining tale.
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Sam Brownes Schooldays by Berwick Coates

Sam Brownes Schooldays – National Service Basic Training in the 1950s

by Berwick Coates
A  squad of National Service recruits undergo their six weeks of basic training in the British Army of the 1950s.
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The Other Royal Air Force

by Ray Clinton
An RAF airman's experiences while on National Service in the UK and Egypt, 1951-55.
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The Unknown Conscript

by Peter Saunders
A true-to-life tale of National Service recruits in Cyprus during the unrest of the 1950s.
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We Blazed the Trail

edited by Robin Reid and Malcolm Cleverley 
The short but eventful history of the Civil Defence Experimental Mobile Column 1953/4.
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Flying Upside Down

by Richard G. Walker
Memories of childhood / adolescence during and after WW2 in Stopsley, Bedfordshire and subsequent RAF National Service
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