History UsefulNotes / BritsWithBattleships

23rd Jun '16 6:24:34 AM Doug86
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* Sopwith Camel - Literature/{{Biggles}}! (The real thing looks ''nothing'' like [[{{Peanuts}} a doghouse]]).

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* Sopwith Camel - Literature/{{Biggles}}! (The real thing looks ''nothing'' like [[{{Peanuts}} [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} a doghouse]]).
13th Jun '16 7:52:04 PM karstovich2
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Self Explanatory. Home to all the squaddies and [[Main/{{TheSquadette}} squadettes]]. Their main weapon is the [=L85A2=] assault rifle (some military people will look at you funny if you call it the [=SA80=] as the [=SA80=] refers to a family of weapons including the standard issue rifle, carbine, light support weapon and cadet rifle), which is rather short and can't be fired left-handed unless a face full of hot cartridge casings is your idea of fun. Despite this, since recent upgrades by HK the rifle has been noted as one of the most accurate and reliable service rifles around. Note: ''Not'' named the "Royal Army" because it is descended from the institutions established by the "New Model Army" which fought for Parliament against the King in the seventeenth century civil wars, unlike the navy. There are "Royal" units in the Army, but they are regiments, divisions, even corps, rather than the Army as a whole, ''e.g.'', Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery, and the Royal Flying Corps in bygone days. 110,210 regulars, 33,100 territorials and 121,800 regular reserves. Because of this factor, the Army is often portrayed as TheUnfavourite in the view of the establishment, together with the fact that having a standing army makes people nervous (the British Constitution of 1688 specifically states that no army shall exist except by direct consent of Parliament). While this was true in the Napoleonic Wars (where the Navy was feted and the Army often ignored) it is less true today, as aside from the UsefulNotes/FalklandsWar most of the conflicts Britain has been involved in recently are land wars.

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Self Explanatory. Home to all the squaddies and [[Main/{{TheSquadette}} squadettes]]. Their main weapon is the [=L85A2=] assault rifle (some military people will look at you funny if you call it the [=SA80=] as the [=SA80=] refers to a family of weapons including the standard issue rifle, carbine, light support weapon and cadet rifle), which is rather short and can't be fired left-handed unless a face full of hot cartridge casings is your idea of fun. Despite this, since recent upgrades by HK the rifle has been noted as one of the most accurate and reliable service rifles around. Note: ''Not'' named the "Royal Army" because it is descended from the institutions established by the "New Model Army" which fought for Parliament against the King in the seventeenth century civil wars, unlike the navy. There are "Royal" units in the Army, but they are regiments, divisions, even corps, rather than the Army as a whole, ''e.g.'', Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery, and the Royal Flying Corps in bygone days. 110,210 regulars, 33,100 territorials and 121,800 regular reserves. Because of this factor, the Army is often portrayed as TheUnfavourite in the view of the establishment, together with the fact that having a standing army makes has historically (and even to some degree today) made British people nervous (the British Constitution of 1688 specifically states that no army shall exist except by direct consent of Parliament). While this was true in the Napoleonic Wars (where the Navy was feted and the Army often ignored) it is less true today, as aside from the UsefulNotes/FalklandsWar most of the conflicts Britain has been involved in recently are land wars.
3rd Jun '16 9:59:20 AM Doug86
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* The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland: Now part of the controversial super-regiment that is the Royal Regiment of Scotland, they have retained their traditions. Wear kilts in their dress uniform and are another regiment you do not want to mess with. Germans during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne ran away merely hearing them playing their pipes. Recently [[BigDamnHeroes bailed the SAS out]] of a rather tight spot. Article [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/2697977/Briti-troops-rescue-SAS-from-Taliban-hell.html?OTC-RSS&ATTR=Our+Boys here]]

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* The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland: Now part of the controversial super-regiment that is the Royal Regiment of Scotland, they have retained their traditions. Wear kilts in their dress uniform and are another regiment you do not want to mess with. Germans during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI ran away merely hearing them playing their pipes. Recently [[BigDamnHeroes bailed the SAS out]] of a rather tight spot. Article [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/2697977/Briti-troops-rescue-SAS-from-Taliban-hell.html?OTC-RSS&ATTR=Our+Boys here]]



Just called that because it's ''The'' Royal Air Force. Created from the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service just before the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. Home of Literature/{{Biggles}}. Famous for the Battle of Britain. Currently the smallest it has been since the First World War, due to the end of said conflict, as well as the major downsizing shared among the other major powers after the Second World War, and finally at the end of the Cold War; it is one of the largest air forces in the world. Operates at peak roughly 1,100 fixed and rotary-wing craft of all roles. The key attack aircraft of the RAF is the Panavia Tornado (with ground-attack, reconnaissance and fight-bomber versions) which has served for a long time and only recently withdrawn from an interceptor role with the Tornado F3. (The ones remaining being the [=GR4=]) Known for low level bombing and packing the ''unimaginably'' deadly Brimstone anti-tank missiles, they are the simple and unelegant workhorse that does its job modestly and yet to a very high standard.

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Just called that because it's ''The'' Royal Air Force. Created from the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service just before the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Home of Literature/{{Biggles}}. Famous for the Battle of Britain. Currently the smallest it has been since the First World War, due to the end of said conflict, as well as the major downsizing shared among the other major powers after the Second World War, and finally at the end of the Cold War; it is one of the largest air forces in the world. Operates at peak roughly 1,100 fixed and rotary-wing craft of all roles. The key attack aircraft of the RAF is the Panavia Tornado (with ground-attack, reconnaissance and fight-bomber versions) which has served for a long time and only recently withdrawn from an interceptor role with the Tornado F3. (The ones remaining being the [=GR4=]) Known for low level bombing and packing the ''unimaginably'' deadly Brimstone anti-tank missiles, they are the simple and unelegant workhorse that does its job modestly and yet to a very high standard.



You do not want to fight these guys; historically they have beaten anyone and everyone in rather dramatic style. [[note]][[HandicappedBadass Admiral Blas de Lezo]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cartagena_de_Indias begs to differ.]][[/note]][[note]]Which isn't to say they haven't been given a serious black eye in the past, mind, such as by the Japanese during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, the French Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. The Continental Navy of the fledging United States also ambushed and destroyed numerous lone frigates and supply/merchant ships in the (early) days of the WarOf1812; that one wasn't so much a black eye as a cheeky nephew yanking a ponytail.[[/note]] There are some battles where the Royal Navy have been outnumbered, outgunned, and outmanned, and have sailed away without one ship sinking. The famous Battle of Trafalgar had them outnumbered by a factor of around 25% with less 'ships of the line' than their foe. Yet with a direct two pronged attack the Royal Navy completely obliterated the combined French and Spanish fleets ''without losing a single ship.'' Effectively won a naval war on the other side of the planet in the 1980s in a war just off the coast of a nation throwing their entire military while only having a task force available to them. After the first Brit sub got on scene on April 19th the Royal Navy proceeded to sink, damage or disable ten Argentine ships and forced the entire Argentine fleet (including an entire aircraft carrier) to flee by May 2nd out of fear of the British subs in the water, effectively stranding the Argentine invasion force.

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You do not want to fight these guys; historically they have beaten anyone and everyone in rather dramatic style. [[note]][[HandicappedBadass Admiral Blas de Lezo]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cartagena_de_Indias begs to differ.]][[/note]][[note]]Which isn't to say they haven't been given a serious black eye in the past, mind, such as by the Japanese during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the French Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. The Continental Navy of the fledging United States also ambushed and destroyed numerous lone frigates and supply/merchant ships in the (early) days of the WarOf1812; that one wasn't so much a black eye as a cheeky nephew yanking a ponytail.[[/note]] There are some battles where the Royal Navy have been outnumbered, outgunned, and outmanned, and have sailed away without one ship sinking. The famous Battle of Trafalgar had them outnumbered by a factor of around 25% with less 'ships of the line' than their foe. Yet with a direct two pronged attack the Royal Navy completely obliterated the combined French and Spanish fleets ''without losing a single ship.'' Effectively won a naval war on the other side of the planet in the 1980s in a war just off the coast of a nation throwing their entire military while only having a task force available to them. After the first Brit sub got on scene on April 19th the Royal Navy proceeded to sink, damage or disable ten Argentine ships and forced the entire Argentine fleet (including an entire aircraft carrier) to flee by May 2nd out of fear of the British subs in the water, effectively stranding the Argentine invasion force.



* No discussion of this subject is complete without the UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo RAF pilot, who will have a moustache, a leather flying jacket and silk scarf, and use several of the expressions in StockBritishPhrases.

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* No discussion of this subject is complete without the UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII RAF pilot, who will have a moustache, a leather flying jacket and silk scarf, and use several of the expressions in StockBritishPhrases.



* The fourth season of the BritCom ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' puts main character Edmund Blackadder in the trenches during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. Once there, here receives the full payload of one UpperClassTwit (Creator/HughLaurie), the Royal Flying Corps led by good old Flashheart, and General Melchett, stupid but ''perilious'', meaning that he is willing to put the lives of millions of his own soldiers in danger with each attack.

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* The fourth season of the BritCom ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' puts main character Edmund Blackadder in the trenches during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Once there, here receives the full payload of one UpperClassTwit (Creator/HughLaurie), the Royal Flying Corps led by good old Flashheart, and General Melchett, stupid but ''perilious'', meaning that he is willing to put the lives of millions of his own soldiers in danger with each attack.
8th May '16 5:04:19 AM Ghidorah1972
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-->''"Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!\\
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.\\"''
-->-The opening lyrics of "'''Rule, Britannia!'''", the country's national anthem.
8th May '16 4:58:23 AM Ghidorah1972
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-->''"Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!\\
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.\\"''
-->-The opening lyrics of "'''Rule, Britannia!'''", the country's national anthem.
8th May '16 4:52:10 AM Ghidorah1972
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* Avro Lancaster - what dropped the "bouncing bomb," and the main aircraft of the night bombing offensive against Germany. Also responsible, in the hands of the Bouncing Bomb guys in 617 squadron mentioned above (The Dambusters) alongside 9 squadron, for sinking Germany's Pocket Battleship, the Tirpitz, a mission that necessitated flying ''to a base in the USSR'', in the days before in-flight refuelling.

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* Avro Lancaster - what dropped the "bouncing bomb," and the main aircraft of the night bombing offensive against Germany. Also responsible, in the hands of the Bouncing Bomb guys in 617 squadron Squadron mentioned above (The Dambusters) alongside 9 squadron, Squadron, for sinking Germany's Pocket Battleship, last big battleship, the Tirpitz, a mission that Tirpitz. One attempt at doing this necessitated flying ''to a base in the USSR'', in the days before in-flight refuelling.refuelling. The attack failed to sink her, though it did damage the ship enough have the Kriegsmarine brass to have it shuttle towards a more southerly base, making it easier for the RAF to hit her, and two months later, 617 and 9 Squadrons finally did her in.



Unfortunately, the power of the Royal Navy declined with the Empire and is considerably less impressive than before. In addition to a number of destroyers and frigates, it has just two small VTOL carriers (well, four, one of which is currently mothballed pending scrapping and another is an amphibious-landing support vessel that normally carries only helicopters), but two full-length ones are on order, but have been delayed due to budget issues and the F-35 development problems. Its Vanguard class nuclear submarines carry the UK's UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm. It just doesn't carry the moxie it used to. However, it remains one of the six 'blue-water navies' in the world (the others being the US, Russia, China, India and France) and one of the most powerful. And make no mistake: though the British may no longer rule the waves, the Royal Navy has a ''very'' long history of thrashing forces it logistically should not have been able to beat and punches well above its weight. One could say it's bit of a PintsizedPowerhouse.

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Unfortunately, the power of the Royal Navy declined with the Empire and is considerably less impressive than before. In addition to a number of destroyers and frigates, it has just two small VTOL carriers (well, four, one of which is currently mothballed pending scrapping and another is an amphibious-landing support vessel that normally carries only helicopters), but two full-length ones are on order, but have been delayed due to budget issues and the F-35 development problems. Its Vanguard class nuclear submarines carry the UK's UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm. It just doesn't carry the moxie it used to. However, it remains one of the six 'blue-water navies' in the world (the others being the US, Russia, China, India and France) and one of the most powerful. And make no mistake: though the British Britannia may no longer rule the waves, the Royal Navy has a ''very'' long history of thrashing forces it logistically should not have been able to beat and punches well above its weight. One could say it's bit of a PintsizedPowerhouse.
PintsizedPowerhouse. Britons shall never be slaves indeed.
24th Apr '16 6:47:00 PM Dingbot
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* The '''Stormer''' is a more modern one that joined later on. Originally an APC, it now fulfills the role of close air defence with the wonderful Starstreak High Velocity Missile system on top. Due to its partial manual aiming method it is immune to ''all'' countermeasures and rips off out its launcher at a mind boggling Mach 3.5 within a half second. Many operators have a saying: "Starsteak doesn't fire, it just fucks off."

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* The '''Stormer''' is a more modern one that joined later on. Originally an APC, it now fulfills the role of close air defence with the wonderful Starstreak High Velocity Missile system on top. Due to its partial manual aiming method it is immune to ''all'' countermeasures and rips off out its launcher at a mind boggling Mach 3.5 within a half second. Many operators have a saying: "Starsteak "Starstreak doesn't fire, it just fucks off."
24th Apr '16 12:52:31 PM PicardsDouble
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* Avro Lancaster - what dropped the "bouncing bomb," and the main aircraft of the night bombing offensive against Germany. Also responsible, in the hands of the Bouncing Bomb guys in 617 squadron mentioned above (The Dambusters) for sinking Germany's Pocket Battleship, the Tirpitz.

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* Avro Lancaster - what dropped the "bouncing bomb," and the main aircraft of the night bombing offensive against Germany. Also responsible, in the hands of the Bouncing Bomb guys in 617 squadron mentioned above (The Dambusters) alongside 9 squadron, for sinking Germany's Pocket Battleship, the Tirpitz.Tirpitz, a mission that necessitated flying ''to a base in the USSR'', in the days before in-flight refuelling.
24th Apr '16 12:41:17 PM PicardsDouble
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* Avro Lancaster - what dropped the "bouncing bomb," and the main aircraft of the night bombing offensive against Germany.

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* Avro Lancaster - what dropped the "bouncing bomb," and the main aircraft of the night bombing offensive against Germany. Also responsible, in the hands of the Bouncing Bomb guys in 617 squadron mentioned above (The Dambusters) for sinking Germany's Pocket Battleship, the Tirpitz.
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