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Book Review: Nimrod Boys


Nimrod Boys by Tony Blackman, with Joe Kennedy

This is the latest in a highly successful series of books that contain many first-hand accounts from former pilots, engineers and groundcrew. Nimrod Boys has 20 chapters, all of which contain a memoir or two from people at one time involved with the Hawker Siddeley jet during the Cold War, and many fascinating tales are recounted.

One of the stand-out recollections is written by SNCO Jim Walls, and concerns his three tours on the type with 51 Squadron. The unit’s signals intelligence gathering work was highly secretive, so its inclusion is a feather in cap for publishers Grub Street.

There are also four chapters on operations around, or concerning, the Falklands. These bring us plenty of new information on the conflict and the way in which the British forces fought back against the Argentine aggression.

This excellent book also contains a chapter written by Sgt Shelley Faulkner about her time with the Nimrod-equipped 120 Squadron. Her experience gives a good insight into equality within the Nimrod community. Overall, an excellent read. Publisher: Grub Street

Information: ISBN: 9781911621270.  Hardback: 256 pages.  RRP: £25.  For more details, visit:

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