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

Going Nowhere

by Tom Eadie

A young man's experiences at home and abroad with the Royal Artillery in Malaya 1946-57
RAF memoir

In Defence of the Realm

by Peter Voyse

An erk-some account of the author's RAF National Service from 1954-56
military memoir

Letters Home

By Edmund Hodges
A skilled artist on National Service in Egypt and Cyprus 1955/56 illustrates his letters with paintings and sketches

My 'Best Blue' Days

by Reg Chiddick

Enjoyable account of the author's RAF National Service in the 1950s
REF memoir postwar

National Service Erk

by Ron Swain
A conscripted airman’s experiences with 148 Squadron 1952-3
RAF memoir

RAF National Service in Six Movements

by Roy Taylor
A RAF National Serviceman's experiences in the 1950s
RAF memoir

RAF 'Plumber'

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

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

Safari Mzuri

by Brian J. Elliott

RAF National Servicemen have a wild time in 1960's Kenya in this entertaining tale
military memoir / 1950s National Service

Sam Browne's Schooldays

by Berwick Coates
An enjoyable account of National Service in the British Army of the 1950s

The Other Royal Air Force

by Ray Clinton

An RAF airman's experiences in the UK and Egypt in the 1951-55
military fiction

The Unknown Conscript

by Peter Saunders
An true-to-life tale of National Service recruits in Cyprus during the unrest of the 1950s
Cold War history

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
Autobiography / Local History

Flying Upside Down

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