Royal Observer Corps Memorabilia

In his continuing series of features on wartime British Home Front collectables, Austin J Ruddy looks at Observer Corps (OC) and Royal Observer Corps (ROC) memorabilia.

Militaria Collecting

Today, a stereotypical image of Britain’s Second World War Observer Corps may picture a quintessentially English scene of wellington-booted, middle-aged men standing in remote fields, peering at the sky through binoculars or a strange framework instrument and with one ear to a field telephone. Initially, at least, you would not be far wrong. However, as the war progressed, the Corps became a uniformed and professional service, responsible for monitoring the skies over Britain.


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