& Bullets

Musings on the worlds of aviation, military and international affairs.


With reviews of books that cover these topics


For portfolio management, ShareScope is invaluable, for two months' free trial sign up here

Brize 2010 Reds 3

By psmiddy, Aug 9 2018 11:28AM

The RAF in Camera - 1970s. More pictures of when the RAF could string a few squadrons together.... See here.

By psmiddy, Aug 8 2018 10:39AM

is a recently (privately) published large format softback written by Paul Heasman, with a degree of passion. It is designed to tell the young people about the structure of the RAF, and what sort of roles are available within the service. It is copiously illustrated with high quality pictures, most of which come from MoD sources.

I roadtested the book on my grandchildren, and sadly they were too young to take much of an interest. But my guess is that the book’s sweet spot will be 10-13 year olds, and I imagine it will do a very good job at inspiring them to think about a career in our Air Force.

Now we just need to sort out pilot training and retention!

By psmiddy, Jul 30 2018 06:10PM

because the book was first published in 2001, and I picked up a paperback in our village book exchange. I noted the author and could not resist. I recently finished A Foreign Field by Ben Macintyre. A thoroughly well-researched story about a group of British soldiers on the run behind the German lines in WW1. The narrative blossoms into a romance, and then abject tragedy. Some superb investigation, and painstaking interviews must have taken place over many months.

Apart from anything else, it must rank as one of the most graphic portrayals of the depredations endured by French civilians at the hands of German soldiers in WW1. Which perhaps explains why so many French citizens were keen to flee the German invaders only 24 years later.