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Red Star and Roundel By Philip Wilkinson

Red Star and Roundel by Philip Wilkinson

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Russian Red Star, RAF Roundel: symbols of radically different organisations, sharing a century of achievement and challenge as both allies and adversaries. The author links his own air force experiences, not least those from his time in Russia, to other personal recollections and to official records, to highlight the relationship's dynamics.

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Red Star and Roundel: A Shared Century by Philip Wilkinson

The Red Star and the Roundel are the symbols of organisations that share a century of existence, a century with a full quota of conflict as well as harmony. The Russian red star has maintained its impact in the hundred years since the Revolution. The Royal Air Force's red white and blue roundel has seen action in the air world-wide for the same period. Phil Wilkinson had forty years of Royal Air Force service--the final three and a half were in Russia. With this unusual double qualification, he examines the dynamics of the Russia-RAF relationship, sometimes as allies, sometimes as adversaries. Drawing on personal reminiscences, and on the recollections of surviving veterans of RAF service in Russia during the Second World War, as well as on official records from throughout this shared century, the narrative is sometimes light-hearted, sometimes sombre. It goes from brutal combat in the early years, to language difficulties later on; from innocent misunderstandings to deliberate deception; from cultural contrasts to aesthetic links. Perhaps the narrative's most worthwhile effect will be to draw the reader's comment: "Well, I didn't know that before." There is still a lot to learn--a century's worth.

About Philip Wilkinson

1950s National Service opened Phil Wilkinson's 40-year RAF career. Flying duties world-wide, exchange service with US and French Air Forces, command of the RAF station in Berlin as the Wall came down, preceded a final assignment as Defence and Air Attache in Moscow. Meeting there both Russian and British veterans of Second World War operations stimulated his interest in the century of links between two nations and their air forces. Having written extensively for journals, lectured on cruise ships, describing these links, he now provides the record in full-length form, confident the reader will find much that is new.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; 1 1917-1918: Years of Revolution; 2 Aviation: The New Force; 3 April 1918; 4 Intervention: Opening Gambits; 5 Intervention North; 6 Intervention North: Change of Command; 7 Intervention North: The PBO; 8 Intervention North: Intermission? Interruption? Insurrection?; 9 Intervention North: Task Maintained; 10 Intervention North: The Relief Force; 11 Intervention North: The Relief Force: Another Perspective; 12 Intervention North: Multi-Role Operations; 13 Intervention North: Rundown and Final Withdrawal; 14 Intervention South; 15 Intervention South: No. 47 Squadron; 16 Intervention South: Caspian Operations; 17 Intervention North-West: The Baltic; 18 The Years Between: 1921 to 1941; 19 Full Circle: RAF in Russia Again; 20 `Missionaries': Life and Times of the Military Mission to Moscow, 1941-1945; 21 A Supplier's Story: Henry Hilliar in Russia; 22 Operation Shallow: Airacobras to Russia; 23 Operation Orator: Hampdens to Russia; 24 Operation Paravane: Lancasters to Russia; 25 PRU Operations: Spitfires to Russia; 26 1941-1945: RAF Resources to Russia; 27 Berlin: Airlift-Air Safety-Air Tours; 28 More Years Between: 1949 to 1989; 29 Last Days in Berlin: RAF Gatow, 1989-1994; 30 The RAF and Russia: 1993 and Beyond; 31 Red Star and Roundel: The Relationship Up to Date; Endnotes; Bibliography.

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Red Star and Roundel: A Shared Century by Philip Wilkinson
Fonthill Media
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