After the formation of the RAF in 1918, members of the RAF Service Police were deployed on RAF airfields in Iraq, Palestine and in Egypt. After the outbreak of World War II, the RAF quickly expanded and so did the RAF Police. RAF deployments throughout Africa, Malta, Cyprus, the Middle East and Iraq rapidly spread and additional RAF Police units were formed to support RAF commanders on the ground.
Violent postwar anti-colonial unrest within Palestine and in Egypt saw the RAF Police at the very forefront in protecting RAF units, aircraft, materiel and personnel from the daily threat of terrorism, sabotage, subversion, espionage and widespread pilfering.
Similar RAF Police operations during the Mau-Mau uprising in Kenya, the Cypriot EOKA terrorist campaign and the Yemeni-backed guerrilla conflicts in Aden and Oman were extremely effective in maintaining RAF security on the ground and in the air.
As the global political situation changed and the operational range of military aircraft increased, the RAF withdrew from many of its former bases in the region but maintained an ever-ready presence on the troubled island of Cyprus.
In more recent times, RAF Police units have served alongside Coalition forces in both Gulf wars against Saddam Hussein and during operations in Afghanistan against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The RAF Police have rescued British and foreign civilians from war-torn Beirut and were deployed to Sierra Leone in 2000 to support British military operations to stabilise the country after a bloody civil war.
Written by Stephen R. Davies, who served with the RAF Police for 25 years, this well-researched and well-written book is illustrated with many photographs and supported by first-hand accounts from former and serving members of the RAF Police, who recall many dramatic incidents ~ along with a good helping of humorous moments.
Packed with interesting facts presented in a lively and readable format, this book is sure to be of great interest to ex-RAF Police personnel ~ but there is also much to be enjoyed by any reader with a general interest in military history and international affairs.