Salute... He Moves! – Memoirs of an RAF officer

RAF postwar
ISBN 1-84683-095-8
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by Group Captain Peter Holland MBE
A personal reflection on four decades with the Royal Air Force 1952-90

Illustrated with archive photographs this former RAF officer's recollections of his time in uniform paint a vivid picture of life in the RAF during the post-war years including at RAF overseas outposts in Cyprus, Singapore and Germany. An enjoyable read for anyone with a military background who remembers the period described.

In this enjoyable and anecdotal reflection, Peter Holland looks back on an eventful career with the Royal Air Force that spanned four decades from the 1950s to the 1990s, during which time he served in a variety of capacities, witnessed many changes and progressed from raw recruit to the rank of Group Captain, earning an MBE along the way for good measure.

Peter served in various roles, at first with the RAF Regiment in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Cyprus. Later, on Supply and Movements duties, his organisational abilities were used to good effect at RAF establishments at home in the UK and overseas, including tours in Cyprus, Singapore (RAF Tengah) and Germany.

During his years in the Royal Air Force Peter served as airman, infantryman, air defender, fire officer and logistician in joint service, Commonwealth and NATO assignments throughout the world, commanded numerous units, saw active service and spent all but his last six months in uniform.

Written in an easygoing style and with an emphasis on the more light-hearted moments from his days in the Service, enlivened by humorous episodes from his family life, Peter’s reminiscences will appeal to anyone who has served in the armed forces, although a Services background is by no means necessary to enjoy his amusing recollections of the memorable people, places and situations he encountered over the years.


The front cover photograph of the author was taken by the ANZUK Press Officer after a Royal Visit. The title of the book is a corruption of the old Army saying ‘If it moves salute it; if it doesn’t, paint it white’. The hat belonged to a friendly Navy type who was buying the beer.  (Peter Holland)
details: softback | 156 x 234 mm | 290 pages | mono & colour photos
genre: military life & institutions / real-life adventure / family life / humour
readership: military historians / aviation enthusiasts / general readers
themes: RAF in postwar years / military life