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A quick update from Tod Nicol, March 8th 2018:
During 2017 the Outposts of Empire interview archive expanded to include more interviews from veterans who served in Singapore, Malaya, Germany, Cyprus, Gibraltar as well as further interviews about serving on Malta (an updated version of RAF MALTA including new interviews is due for release later this year).
As requested there are more recently added of the short films viewers asked for just click on the OUTPOSTS OF EMPIRE FILMS page above, then, just click on the map buttons to see new extracts from the Outposts of Empire interview archive as they are added.
I’m very pleased that The RAF Museum are using some of OUTPOSTS OF EMPIRE interviews in one element of their centenary programme ‘RAF Stories’ and approaches have also been made by the Malta National Archives.
In 2018 further interviews are scheduled for recording that will include some of the less well known Outposts such as Bermuda and Labuan as well as Singapore and Malaya in preparation for the production and release of RAF SINGAPORE.
Plans for 2018 include setting up “pay per view” screening and “download to own” videos, obviously these would be in higher definition than DVD as well as having a price advantage over DVD as there would be no discs, or packaging, if this method of delivery interests you, as a way of seeing existing and future Outposts of Empire films, please let me know by emailing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Films and DVDs:
This year also sees the launch of the “Personal History” films being released these biographical documentaries are edited from individual interviews with former RAF personnel and their families, following them through their various postings at home and in the Outposts of Empire around the globe.
The first “Personal History” film ‘MARCHING OUT, Kay and the RAF’ has just been released; Leading Aircraft Woman, Kay Malone joined the RAF in 1967 and trained as a Teleprinter Operator, two years later she married a Corporal in the photographic section, reluctantly Kay gave up her career in the RAF and married Ray so she could join him on an accompanied posting to Singapore, resulting in a happy decade moving from one RAF Post to the next in a whirlwind of new experiences, friends and foreign lands both in the UK, Europe as well as in the further Outposts of the Empire. Just click on SHOP at the top of this page for further details and to order your copy today.
Other Outposts of Empire feature length documentaries; ‘RAF HABBANIYA, IRAQ, JEWEL OF THE DESERT' and 'RAF MALTA' are also available to order from the webpage SHOP.
‘RAF HABBANIYA, IRAQ, JEWEL OF THE DESERT' is a 105 minute programme that reveals the story of the Kingdom of Iraq and the part the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force played in forming and maintaining peace in the new country from 1915 to the final bloody end of the Hashemite Monarchy in 1958.
What the Press say:
Aeroplane Monthly - March 2018: "The presentation, which is narrated and is enlivened by first-hand recollections from those who were there, employs a mix of still images and movie sequences, which fit together surprisingly seamlessly".
"There are shots of the wonderful military transports — AW Atalantas (owned by the newly formed BOAC but impressed into RAF service) and Vickers Valentias — that were used in April 1941 to ferry several hundred members of the King's Own Regiment to Habbaniya in the first major wartime airlift of British troops. Post-war types depicted include Iraqi Air Force Hawker Furies, while Short Sunderlands appear in colour sequences".
"A final section is entitled, 'Equestrian pursuits and the opposite sex at RAF Habbaniya'. Sorry, you'll simply have to view that part yourself."
What the people say:
“Tod, You are a contemporary historian, using modern technology to ensure the true history of the past century is not lost; future generations will bless you, as do I...” Wing Commander Brian Crook.
"This new DVD is extremely well produced and covers the entire history of Habbaniya in the wider context of British involvement in Mesopotamia / Iraq, right from our first attempts to oust the Ottomans in 1914, through to our final departure from RAF Habbanya in 1959. It is a fascinating story with many images and video clips that have never before been published. The DVD is produced by Tod Nicol, who is also producing a range of other DVDs entitled “Outposts of Empire.” There is currently another available entitled “RAF Malta”, and I can thoroughly recommend both". George Robertson, No 6 Squadron (RAF) Association Newsletter the “Tin-opener” January 2018.
“Tod, I viewed the Habbaniya film this evening and found it incredibly fascinating. The information is amazing and I learned an awful lot”. “The incidents that the Iraqi RAF stations were involved in was a revelation to me and the whole thing interested me immensely”. David Rose RAF LUQA (Malta) REMEMBERED and RAF MASIRAH (Oman) REMEMBERED.
"RAF Habbaniya is one of the very best historical repositories of amazing insights of our Royal Air Force in days gone by. I can absolutely recommend Tod’s latest DVD without hesitation. From the fabulous music, to the in-depth study within all the parts, along with an A4 print-out map of the station. Two hours of superb detail. It is worth every penny". WELL DONE Tod. Captain Bryn Wayt 203 Squadron Forum.
‘OUTPOSTS OF EMPIRE, RAF MALTA’ is a 90 minute programme that tells the story; through interviews, commentary, archive film and photographs, of the RAF on Malta from its humble beginnings at Royal Naval Air Station at Kalafrana in 1917, to its final days at RAF Luqa in 1979.
What the Press say:
Aeroplane Monthly – May 2017: “Producer Tod Nicol ambitiously aims to document the RAF’s presence on Malta“. “Dreamy footage follows of aircraft carriers, Southampton Flying Boats, Shackletons, PR Canberras and the unmistakable features of Valetta harbour”. “The serious history of the RAF on the island is then related over 90 minutes, accompanied by archive film. The story is well told by voiceover and the recollections of veterans who served on or flew from Malta”. “Entertaining viewing”.
Royal Air Force News 19 May 2017: “Many with an association with the Royal Air Force will be interested in viewing RAF Malta the first of a collection of DVD’s in the Outposts of Empire Series”. “RAF Malta begins by telling viewers the strategic importance of the tiny rock in the Mediterranean. The story of the RAF in Malta is then told by those who know it best, those airmen and women who were there – as well as through archive film footage”.
RAF LUQA (Malta) REMEMBERED: raf-luqa.weebly.com
RAF Habbaniya Association: www.habbaniya.org
The Shackleton Association, the” Growler” www.thegrowler.org.uk
Six Squadron Association, the “Tin-opener”: email@example.com