The Airman character jug modeled by William K. Harper and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1991 limited edition of 250 commissioned by "The British Toby". This jug, together with the Sailor and the Soldier, pays tribute to the conscripted men who served in various branches of the British armed forces during World War II. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the oldest independent air force in the world, formed on April 1, 1918. The RAF has taken a significant role in British military history since then, playing a large part in World War II. A defining period came during the Battle of Britain, when it held off the German Luftwaffe and helped to turn the tide of the war. The largest RAF effort during the war was the strategic bombing campaign against Germany. During the Cold War, the RAF's main role was the defense of the continent of Europe against potential attack by the Soviet Union. Since the end of the Cold War, several large-scale operations have been undertaken, including the Kosovo war and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. A German plane shot down in flames forms the handle of the jug. The On Guard for Thee Canadian Set is a colorway of the Comrades in Arms Set with a special backstamp, commemorating the Canadian Armed Forces who fought alongside their British compatriots.
On Guard for Thee Canadian Set