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Royal Air Force World War


The Royal Air Force is the newest of the services, formed on 1st April 1918 on the amalgamation of the army Royal Flying Corps and the navy Royal Naval Air Service. Before this date, service …

Navy Hms Vanquisher


There is a similar division between Royal Naval officers and other ranks known as ratings with an equally wide range of source material available for each. Before 1853, naval ratings can be traced through musters …

British Army In France


During the 18th and 19th centuries, life in the army was seen as a career. Men joined up in the ranks for set periods of service, usually around 14 years. On retirement, either through disability …