Constant Vigilance: The RAF Regiment in the Burma Campaign - Nigel W. M. (William Morris) WarwickBarnsley: Pen & Sword Aviation, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Maps (some colour); Glossary; Appendices (19); Plans;
From the cover: “A forgotten air force in a forgotten war. This history finally addresses in detail the exploits of the Royal Air Force’s youngest Corps, the RAF Regiment, in the campaign in South-East Asia.
A dedicated and specialist ground force for active defence of airfields, the Regiment played a vital and significant role in the two major battles for Burma. The struggle at Imphal ranks alongside Stalingrad and Alamein in its significance for the defeat of the Axis. Here, the Regiment patrolled the airstrips and jungle hills and ensured they were clear of Japanese intruders. In March 1945 the Regiment participated in the masterstroke of the Burma campaign; the thrust for, and capture of Meiktila.
That the Regiment was able to carry out its tasks so effectively and efficiently despite inadequate numbers, outdated equipment and often with a significant proportion of the unit debilitated with tropical ailments, is a tribute to the diligence, tenacity, persistence and professionalism of its officers and airmen.
The book draws on the operations record books, diaries and recollections of the men who served in the RAF Regiment in South-East Asia Command. It is strongly supported by maps and diagrams and is illustrated with many hitherto unpublished photographs.”