Chips for Breakfast

ISBN 1-903953-67-7
RAF humour
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  • softback
  • 140 x 205mm
  • 168 pages
  • monochrome photos

by Terry O'Reilly


Humorous account of the culture shock experienced by new recruits during induction and basic training in the Royal Air Force of the 1950s

Terry O'Reilly volunteered for the RAF in 1953, hoping to serve only five years and learn the technical trade. He ended up serving 36 years and retired as a Warrant Officer!

In this entertaining book he takes a light-hearted and nostalgic look at the culture-shock he experienced during the course of his his induction into the RAF of the early 1950s (including surprising discovery that chips were on the menu at every meal including breakfast!).

His descriptions of the indignities and frequent absurdities of basic training will have a familiar ring to anyone who has served in the Armed Forces and they will be sure to compare them to their own experiences.

This sprog's account of the RAF ground trades training machine in the 1950s is truly a worm's eye view of the system and the author dedicates it to the hard-working and long-suffering drill and trade instructors of all the Armed Forces and he marvels at the way in which they continue to work miracles with the mishmash of raw material that comes their way...

details: softback | 140 x 205 mm | 180 pages
genre: military memoir | air forces and warfare | military humour
themes: RAF in postwar years | life in the armed forces | military training
readership: military historians/veterans | general readers