By Michael Napier
In the seven a long time because the moment international warfare, 14 Squadron has operated a big selection of airplane varieties (Mosquitoes, Vampires, Venoms, Hunters, Canberras, Phantoms, Jaguars and Tornados) in a desirable number of roles. for far of this time, the Squadron was once established in Germany on the entrance line of the chilly battle, however it additionally participated within the Gulf battle in 1991, in operations over Iraq from 1991-2009, within the Kosovo clash in 2000 and latterly in the course of the conflict in Afghanistan, to start with with the twister GR4 after which with the Shadow R1. this present day the Squadron operates in nice secrecy in an Intelligence, Surveillance, aim Acquisition and Reconnaissance role.
Having had entry to log-books, modern diaries, maps and images, in addition to oral and written debts from quite a few ex-Squadron individuals, the writer has been in a position to produce as entire an account as is shortly attainable of the operational historical past of 14 Squadron within the moment half the 20th century and the outlet years of the twenty-first.
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Chamberlain was convinced that the Royal Air Force would be a more credible deterrent to potential aggressors than the army. H. ' It was to be replaced by the euphemism, 'the Field Force'. No war planning followed the DRC report, since, while the despatch of the expeditionary force to the continent had been accepted in principle, it was not certain that the politicians would agree to its going to France or the Low Countries in the event of war with Germany. Even the then chief of the imperial general staff, Field Marshal Sir Archibald MontgomeryMassingberd, was unenthusiastic about such a commitment.
It was a bizarre spectacle to witness civil servants arguing for greater expenditure on the armed services while the military, naval and air members proposed more modest amounts based on political and financial restraints. 96 The first report was completed on 28 January 1934. It was then examined by the ministerial committee on disarmament, whose conclusions fully justified the chiefs of staff's forebodings. The ministerial committee focused its attention on the DRC's recommendations for the creation of an expeditionary force of one cavalry division, four infantry divisions and a tank brigade to take the field one month after mobilisation.
72 However, the general staff were as hostile to military conversations with Belgium as they were to those with France.
Blue Diamonds: The Exploits of 14 Squadron RAF 1945-2015 by Michael Napier