Review - Badges & Uniforms of the Royal Air Force by Malcolm C Hobart

Updated: Jul 21

What’s it about?


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 & bravery of those who have worn 'light blue' in many forms are legendary.


It is therefore vital that the tens of thousands of men & 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 & insignia so proudly worn by members of the RAF & its predecessor, the Royal Flying Corps, as well as by the WRAF, RAF Reserve & Auxiliary Services, Air Training Corps & the little publicised Royal Observer Corps, deserve a definitive work. Fortunately, Malcolm Hobart has skilfully addressed this deficiency. Badges & Uniforms of the Royal Air Force is a vital work for militaria collectors & all those with a particular interest in the history of the RAF & aviation.


Our Review


A Comprehensive guide to the Badges & Uniforms of the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force, Reserve & Auxiliary Services & much more! This book not only gives concise detail of the badges & uniforms but explains historical changes in the service through time & details the order numbers that were issued for each of the changes in uniform, badges etc.


Amazing colour images for the majority of the badges are given which makes this book an amazing guide for any badge collector or Air force Enthusiast to own.


With many of my own family serving with the RFC/RAF I found myself trying to work out along the way what badges each of them might have worn.


My only small wish with this book would be that images of the various uniforms could have been provided as these are only described. A quick internet search for these however does bring up lots of websites that provide images & further information.


Interestingly whilst assisting someone with a WW2 uniform just days after reading one of the chapters, I was able to identify a badge & the reason it had been worn.


All in all, an amazing little reference book that I am happy to have on my bookshelf of Air Force Books.


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