Fastidiously researched and written by Roger Lindsay, CWS is Vol.1 of an exotic new series. Subject matter? Spitfire, Tempest, Hornet, Mosquito and Meteor in post-WWII RAF service. Each aircraft type is described along with all the fine details of its service in each squadron/unit.
Roger lays the groundwork for CWS in a thoughtful Preface, Introduction and Foreword. Next, he explains the RAF’s air defence requirements as the USSR rises as a formidable Cold War enemy. In setting the scene, he describes the Soviet aircraft types that threatened the West in the 1950s. Nothing is missed by this experienced old hand from the world of aviation history research and writing (you ought to have Roger’s profiles about such types as the Venom, Javelin and Lightning).
CWS is a beautifully-balanced production, having all the features of an superior book — there’s nothing “thrown together” about this fine piece of work. CWS is printed on good quality paper, is well bound, has printed endpapers, 432 pages with 800 photos (most new to any book and many in colour) and several very useful maps. And this isn’t all.
Roger enlisted the skills of one of the most talented and experienced book designers, Alan Carlaw of Squadron Prints renown. There also are handsome colour profiles and some strikingly fine original paintings by Alfie Alderson. Other trimmings include a detailed acknowledgments list, glossary, appendix and bibliography. Talk about a lovely piece of work that would be a bargain at twice the price!
Cold War Shield: RAF Fighter Squadrons 1950-1960 is not to be missed. Get in early by ordering Vol.1. CWS is not available through CANAV. Instead, contact Roger’s distributor:
Wendy Myers, The Aviation Book Centre, 70 Westwood Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2AY, England.