History UsefulNotes / BritsWithBattleships

20th Jan '18 10:30:56 AM MadCormorant
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*** Another thing of note is that Gurkhas tend to be rather humble about their badassery. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnu_Shrestha Bishnu Shrestha]], the soldier who attacked the train robbers above, was contacted by the family of the girl he saved, who wished to reward him. He refused, saying that saving the girl was his duty as a human being.[[note]]He was even willing to surrender his valuables to the robbers before they crossed the MoralEventHorizon and the GozillaThreshold all at once.[[/note]]

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*** Another thing of note is that Gurkhas tend to be rather humble about their badassery. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnu_Shrestha Bishnu Shrestha]], the soldier who attacked the train robbers above, was contacted by the family of the girl he saved, who wished to reward him. He refused, saying that saving the girl was his duty as a human being.[[note]]He was even willing to surrender his valuables to the robbers before they crossed the MoralEventHorizon and the GozillaThreshold GodzillaThreshold all at once.[[/note]]
20th Jan '18 10:30:19 AM MadCormorant
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*** Another thing of note is that Gurkhas tend to be rather humble about their badassery. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnu_Shrestha Bishnu Shrestha]], the soldier who attacked the train robbers above, was contacted by the family of the girl he saved, who wished to reward him. He refused, saying that saving the girl was his duty as a human being.[[note]]He was even willing to surrender his valuables to the robbers before they crossed the MoralEventHorizon and the GozillaThreshold all at once.[[/note]]
2nd Jan '18 7:12:49 PM nombretomado
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* One of the favorites to use as [[RecycledInSpace a model]] for a SpaceNavy. HonorHarrington being a fine example - while initially based on Hornblower, it's grown far beyond that.

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* One of the favorites to use as [[RecycledInSpace a model]] for a SpaceNavy. HonorHarrington Literature/HonorHarrington being a fine example - while initially based on Hornblower, it's grown far beyond that.
19th Dec '17 4:39:46 PM civetcatcoffee
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A core feature of the British army - or at least of its fighting arms - is the Regimental system. The Regiments (typically one or two battalion formations) play a far greater part than they do for many foreign armies and are a soldier's primary point of attachment. A man belongs to his regiment first and foremost, wears its (usually historic) distinctive uniform and frequently adopts its traditions and rivalries. Whilst he remains a private then his job title may also depend on which regiment he belongs to - titles include Trooper, Rifleman, Fusilier, Kingsman and Guardsman. Other ranks may also be renamed in some rare cases. TA personnel in frontline combat roles are divided between several regiments, usually forming one battalion. The advantage of the Regimental system is that it promotes a strong espirit de corps amongst its members, but it has a disadvantage in that inter-regimental relationships can resemble football rivalries - an anecdotal saying is that the British Army is made up of regiments opposed to one another, but united in loyalty to the Crown. Having said that, much of the tension fades away once the bullets start flying.

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A core feature of the British army - or at least of its fighting arms - is the Regimental system. The Regiments (typically one or two battalion formations) play a far greater part than they do for many foreign armies and are a soldier's primary point of attachment. A man belongs to his regiment first and foremost, wears its (usually historic) distinctive uniform and frequently adopts its traditions and rivalries. Whilst he remains a private then his job title may also depend on which regiment he belongs to - titles include Trooper, Rifleman, Fusilier, Kingsman and Guardsman. Other ranks may also be renamed in some rare cases.cases[[note]]The Household Cavalry, for instance, uses variations of Corporal for its NCO ranks (e.g. Corporal of Horse for what would otherwise be known as a Sergeant in another unit). This is supposedly because the word "Sergeant" derives from ''serviens'', Latin for "servant". The Household Cavalry originally exclusively recruited from [[GentlemanRanker the gentry and aristocracy]] and these men wouldn't be caught dead being addressed in any way that would imply them to be servants.[[/note]]. TA personnel in frontline combat roles are divided between several regiments, usually forming one battalion. The advantage of the Regimental system is that it promotes a strong espirit de corps amongst its members, but it has a disadvantage in that inter-regimental relationships can resemble football rivalries - an anecdotal saying is that the British Army is made up of regiments opposed to one another, but united in loyalty to the Crown. Having said that, much of the tension fades away once the bullets start flying.
2nd Dec '17 11:47:04 PM Breakerchase
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* Forces of the British Army of the Rhine are playable troops in several ''VideoGame/FlashpointCampaigns'' scenarios.
29th Oct '17 8:20:05 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* The Rifles, Another super-regiment formed by the merger of several older ones, The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, The Light Infantry, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets. Wears Green berets and black buttons and uses the old spelling of Serjeant. Has its own traditions separate from Infantry of the line as rifle regiments used to use a radically different drill. By standing strength is the largest regiment of infantry. The name dates back to when rifles were a relatively new weapon and only issued to elite units, meaning that they were the special forces and sharpshooters of their day - a reputation they lived up to, with one rifleman successfully scoring a kill during the Napoleonic Wars at 800 yards, ''four times'' the supposed range of the Baker Rifle. It's been well over a century and a half since the last smoothbore muskets were retired and rifles became something that ''all'' Infantry units have, but the name remains as a matter of tradition. Made famous by the fictional exploits of a certain [[Literature/{{Sharpe}} Richard Sharpe]]

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* The Rifles, Another Rifles: another super-regiment formed by the merger of several older ones, The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, The Light Infantry, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets. Wears Green berets and black buttons and uses the old spelling of Serjeant. Has its own traditions separate from Infantry of the line as rifle regiments used to use a radically different drill. By standing strength is the largest regiment of infantry. The name dates back to when rifles were a relatively new weapon and only issued to elite units, meaning that they were the special forces and sharpshooters of their day - a reputation they lived up to, with one rifleman successfully scoring a kill during the Napoleonic Wars at 800 yards, ''four times'' the supposed range of the Baker Rifle. It's been well over a century and a half since the last smoothbore muskets were retired and rifles became something that ''all'' Infantry units have, but the name remains as a matter of tradition. Made famous by the fictional exploits of a certain [[Literature/{{Sharpe}} Richard Sharpe]]



Its Vanguard class nuclear submarines carry the UK's UsefulNotes/UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm. It just doesn't carry the moxie it used to (though the Vanguard submarines make one pause for thought, since along with the ''vast'' - i.e. a hemisphere - range of its missiles, there's always one at sea and no one has any idea where it is at any given moment). 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: while Britannia may no longer rule the waves, like its sister branches of the British Military, 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 that, nowadays, it's bit of a PintsizedPowerhouse. Britons shall never be slaves indeed.

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Its Vanguard class nuclear submarines carry the UK's UsefulNotes/UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm. It just doesn't carry the moxie it used to (though to, though the Vanguard submarines make one pause for thought, since along with the ''vast'' - i.(i.e. a hemisphere - hemisphere) range of its missiles, there's always one at sea and no one has any idea where it actually is at any given moment). moment. The inherent ParanoiaFuel of this is not helped by the fact that the Navy recently had to discharge nine crew members, including the Captain, from one Vanguard submarine, after inappropriate relationships and drug usage were discovered. ''Not'' a comforting thought.

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: while Britannia may no longer rule the waves, like its sister branches of the British Military, 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 that, nowadays, it's bit of a PintsizedPowerhouse. Britons shall never be slaves indeed.



She's back: Prince Charles has apparently agreed that the ship that that would have been named ''Prince of Wales'' will be named ''Ark Royal''.

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She's (possibly) back: Prince Charles has apparently agreed that the ship that that would have been named ''Prince of Wales'' will be named ''Ark Royal''.



* British military forces appear in ''Film/ThePatriot;'' unlike most of these other examples, they are presented as the antagonists. Then again, it ''was'' a film about UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution.

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* British military forces appear in ''Film/ThePatriot;'' unlike most of these other examples, they are presented as the antagonists. Then again, it ''was'' a film about UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. And a notoriously inaccurate one at that.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' with UNIT, an ostensible United Nations force made up of British Army soldiers (New Who also depicts American and Chinese UNIT members and bases, indicating that the Doctor's mostly dealt with the British branch). Also appeared in other stories. Once, the RAF tried to nuke a nuclear power station; it didn't work.
** "The War Machines", "The Web of Fear", and "Remembrance of the Daleks" are set pre-UNIT and feature regular Army soldiers. (The middle incident, in which an EldritchAbomination occupied and caused the evacuation of central London, is in-canon the main reason why UNIT was formed.) "Resurrection of the Daleks" also features regular Army rather than UNIT soldiers, in-story because the events weren't recognised as extra-terrestrial in nature until the proverbial hit the fan, out-of-story because Eric Saward thought UNIT was childishly MildlyMilitary.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' with UNIT, an ostensible United Nations force made up of British Army soldiers (New - New Who also depicts American and Chinese UNIT members and bases, indicating that the Doctor's mostly dealt with the British branch). branch. While depicted as somewhat MildlyMilitary in Old Who for reasons of budget and the Doctor being the hero (though they were occasionally very effective), they TookALevelInBadass in New Who, going through famed [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] the Sontarans (who once successfully captured ''Gallifrey'') like a hot knife through butter once they figured out a way round the Sontarans technology that was preventing their guns from working, and jury rigged a functional [[spoiler: teleporter]] from reverse engineered Sontaran tech in Project Indigo (albeit one that by Captain Jack's account, shouldn't have worked). It also had a colossal AirborneAircraftCarrier in the ''Valiant'' - unfortunately, it couldn't hold up against [[spoiler: a full scale Dalek invasion]] - and by the account of the Zygons, with the alien technology in their vault in the Tower of London, they could take over the planet in a day (though odds are they don't know what half of it does). That would be why [[spoiler: there's a tactical nuclear warhead underneath, capable of wiping out London.]]
** The leader of UNIT (the British branch, at least) and the Doctor's employer for most of the 3rd and 4th Doctors' respective runs, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, became an EnsembleDarkhorse and a close friend of the Doctor, despite the Doctor's severe distaste for soldiers and authority figures in general. He was also just about the only one of the latter who could actually reliably corral the Doctor, and has the distinction of naming ''two'' tropes: FiveRoundsRapid and ImmuneToBullets.
** His daughter, Kate Stewart runs the British branch these days. She dropped the Lethbridge to try and avoid accusations of nepotism and rise on her own merit, though the Doctor figured out who she was in about five seconds.
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Also appeared in other stories. Once, the RAF tried to nuke a nuclear power station; it didn't work.
** "The War Machines", "The Web of Fear", and "Remembrance of the Daleks" are set pre-UNIT and feature regular Army soldiers. (The middle incident, in which an EldritchAbomination occupied and caused the evacuation of central London, is in-canon the main reason why UNIT was formed.) "Resurrection of the Daleks" also features regular Army rather than UNIT soldiers, soldiers: in-story because the events weren't recognised as extra-terrestrial in nature until the proverbial hit the fan, out-of-story fan. Out-of-story because Eric Saward thought UNIT was childishly MildlyMilitary.
22nd Oct '17 9:15:27 AM Caps-luna
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Also despite the name of this page, Britain not only does Britain not operate battleships anymore, but there aren't any intact examples of a British battleship outside of wrecks. This is because Britain retired most of her battleship fleet after the second world war when it was too strapped for cash to turn down all that potential scrap metal money.

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Also despite the name of this page, Britain not only does Britain not operate battleships anymore, but there aren't any intact examples of a British battleship outside of wrecks. This is because Britain retired most of her battleship fleet after the second world war when it was too strapped for cash to turn down all that potential scrap metal money.
22nd Oct '17 9:14:33 AM Caps-luna
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Also despite the name of this page, Britain not only does Britain not operate battleships anymore, but there aren't any intact examples of a British battleship outside of wrecks. This is because Britain retired most of her battleship fleet after the second world war when it was too strapped for cash to turn down all that potential scrap metal money.
15th Oct '17 2:46:20 PM nombretomado
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While you've [[BritishEnglish a lucifer to light your fag,]]\\

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While you've [[BritishEnglish [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish a lucifer to light your fag,]]\\
13th Oct '17 5:56:13 AM Deadlock
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* HMS ''Illustrious'' - Stripped of her Harriers, Old Lusty still chugs on by taking the position of helicopter carrier instead. Likely to be retired for good soon, it will be a sad moment as the Invincible class carriers finally disappear. There is a ''lot'' of lobbying to have her preserved, however, sadly, she seems to be destined for the scrap-yard.
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