History UsefulNotes / BritsWithBattleships

16th Sep '17 4:20:02 PM nombretomado
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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/WorldWarII, the French Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, in the latter case being joined by the Dutch Navy, who spotted the opportunity to settle a score or three. The Continental Navy of the fledgling 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 - as the War of Independence had demonstrated, any direct confrontation would lead to the Royal Navy rolling right over the Continental Navy.[[/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.'' It also effectively won a naval war on the other side of the planet in the 1980s, fighting just off the coast of a nation throwing their entire military into the fight 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/WorldWarII, the French Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, in the latter case being joined by the Dutch Navy, who spotted the opportunity to settle a score or three. The Continental Navy of the fledgling United States also ambushed and destroyed numerous lone frigates and supply/merchant ships in the (early) days of the WarOf1812; UsefulNotes/WarOf1812; that one wasn't so much a black eye as a cheeky nephew yanking a ponytail - as the War of Independence had demonstrated, any direct confrontation would lead to the Royal Navy rolling right over the Continental Navy.[[/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.'' It also effectively won a naval war on the other side of the planet in the 1980s, fighting just off the coast of a nation throwing their entire military into the fight 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.



* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' is a naval officer during the Wars of French Revolution and UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Due to the series' popularity amongst American readers]], the author was careful to avoid having the hero involved in any of Britain's conflicts with the United States (for example, sending Hornblower to help the Russians fight a French invasion in [[WarOf1812 1812]]). A RetCon in later books established that he was born on [[{{Irony}} July 4th, 1776.]]

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* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' is a naval officer during the Wars of French Revolution and UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Due to the series' popularity amongst American readers]], the author was careful to avoid having the hero involved in any of Britain's conflicts with the United States (for example, sending Hornblower to help the Russians fight a French invasion in [[WarOf1812 [[UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 1812]]). A RetCon in later books established that he was born on [[{{Irony}} July 4th, 1776.]]
18th Aug '17 8:31:52 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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-->''"Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:\\
"Britons will never,never,never be slaves."''
-->The chorus of ''"Rule, Britannia!"
8th Jul '17 10:43:23 AM MadCormorant
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** Also includes the Pathfinders who are special forces in all but specific name. They have a very similar selection and training to the SAS and a disproportionate number of SAS troopers come from the Pathfinder Platoon. Noted for using a different service rifle than most line infantry in the British Army, the Diemaco C8 Carbine, a Canadian rifle which is also the standard rifle of the [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canadian Military]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kQqnZwhFfmc#t=324s Have something of a dislike for American ammunition.]]

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** Also includes the Pathfinders who are special forces in all but specific name. They have a very similar selection and training to the SAS and a disproportionate number of SAS troopers come from the Pathfinder Platoon. [[note]]For the American troper, the best analogy would be that the Pathfinders are to the Paras what Force Recon is for the [[SemperFi USMC]].[[/note]] Noted for using a different service rifle than most line infantry in the British Army, the Diemaco C8 Carbine, a Canadian rifle which is also the standard rifle of the [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canadian Military]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kQqnZwhFfmc#t=324s Have something of a dislike for American ammunition.]]
29th Jun '17 5:58:20 AM Deadbeatloser22
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The British Armed Forces (as a professional fighting force) began to appear during the English Civil War (1641-1651) with the New Model Army (with two regiments--the Coldstream Guards and the Blues and Royals[[note]]The Blues and Royals were formed from the Royal Horse Guards, or "Blues", and the Royal Dragoons, which were both New Model Army units granted the title "Royal" in the 18th century[[/note]]--in the present able to trace their roots to the force) and has since fought in many wars such as The Napoleonic Wars, The Boer War, The First World War, the Second World War, both Gulf Wars, and many others. Historically a home for "spare" male heirs to the throne, nearly every male member of the House of Windsor has served in some capacity, with several seeing action. The last time the ''monarch'' actually fought with their soldiers was at Dettingen in 1743, during the UsefulNotes/WarOfTheAustrianSuccession, when King George II led the Pragmatic Army's breakout from Bavaria. He won.

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The British Armed Forces (as a professional fighting force) began to appear during the English Civil War (1641-1651) with the New Model Army (with two regiments--the Coldstream Guards and the Blues and Royals[[note]]The Blues and Royals were formed from the Royal Horse Guards, or "Blues", and the Royal Dragoons, which were both New Model Army units granted the title "Royal" in the 18th century[[/note]]--in the present able to trace their roots to the force) and has since fought in many wars such as The Napoleonic Wars, The Boer War, The First World War, the Second World War, both Gulf Wars, and many others. Historically a home for "spare" male heirs to the throne, nearly every male member of the House of Windsor has served in some capacity, with several (most famously Princes Andrew and Harry) seeing action. The last time the ''monarch'' actually fought with their soldiers was at Dettingen in 1743, during the UsefulNotes/WarOfTheAustrianSuccession, when King George II led the Pragmatic Army's breakout from Bavaria. He won.
26th Jun '17 6:28:10 PM nombretomado
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Bits of it are posted all over the world for various reasons. TheOtherWiki has a full list of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Army#Current_deployments current deployments]].

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Bits of it are posted all over the world for various reasons. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a full list of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Army#Current_deployments current deployments]].
26th Jun '17 6:52:42 AM DarkPhoenix94
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->''The English are a strange people, and their general an extraordinary man. They arrive here in the morning, examine the walls, carry them, have killed all the garrison in the place, and have now gone back to breakfast. Who can resist such men as these?''

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->''The English are a strange people, and [[UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington their general an extraordinary man. man.]] They arrive here in the morning, examine the walls, carry them, have killed all the garrison in the place, and have now gone back to breakfast. Who can resist such men as these?''



However, the British are generally right to be proud of their military. Well equipped, well trained and globally capable the British Military has, throughout history, innovated and forged a legacy for itself that still continues to this day. If not in the numbers they once were, man for man they are still considered in the top tiers of worldwide militaries. It's not for nothing that when in 2015 a top American general was asked who the number two military power in the world was, he replied "Probably the UK".

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However, the British are generally right to be proud of their military. Well equipped, well trained and globally capable capable, the British Military has, has throughout history, history innovated and forged a legacy for itself that still continues to this day. If not in the numbers they once were, were (the Royal Navy, for instance, no longer outnumbers the next two largest navies combined), man for man they are still considered in the top tiers of worldwide militaries. It's not for nothing that when in 2015 a top American general was asked who the number two military power in the world was, he replied "Probably the UK".
UK". In truth, the real answer nowadays is probably the Chinese, at least in areas which they are interested, but Britain does still punch well above its weight.



Of course, participation in Iraq and Afghanistan is starting to look like it might change that, with newspaper stories of servicemen being heckled in the street when wearing their uniform and a decline in sales of UsefulNotes/ThePoppy attributed to anti-war feeling. The government has attempted to combat this with "wear your uniform to work" days for the Territorial Army (volunteer reservists) and various other pro-military propaganda campaigns. This attitude has recently changed as both the UK and the US are both becoming more pro military. The work the servicemen and women did at the Olympics probably had something to do with that too, as did the general "good guys" feeling of averting a massacre in Libya.

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Of course, participation in Iraq and Afghanistan is starting to look like it might change that, with newspaper stories of servicemen being heckled in the street when wearing their uniform and a decline in sales of UsefulNotes/ThePoppy attributed to anti-war feeling. The government has attempted to combat this with "wear your uniform to work" days for the Territorial Army (volunteer reservists) and various other pro-military propaganda campaigns. This attitude has recently changed as both the UK and the US are both becoming more pro military. The work the servicemen and women did at the Olympics probably had something to do with that too, as did the general "good guys" feeling of averting a massacre in Libya.
Libya, and the channelling of the explosion of pure rage from everywhere north of Calais after the Paris Bataclan attacks into punitive bombing raids on ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria.



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 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.

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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, and the historical reality that sea borders with all major rivals in the modern era mean that it's not exactly the first line of defence, the Army is often portrayed as TheUnfavourite in the view of the establishment, together with the fact that having a standing army 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.



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 espirt de corps amongst it's 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. 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 espirt espirit de corps amongst it's 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.



* The Special Air Service (SAS) regiment: The original Special Forces unit; the people who rescue hostages from embassies and look cool doing it, as well as other, more sneaky, activities. Started out in the North African desert in WWII. With two former members both in the novels business, they get a lot of coverage. Their motto "Who Dares Wins" is used a lot by Del Boy in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. They were the world's first Special Forces (as we would use the term today) and are still considered the best; all other Special Forces groups in the world are trained by the SAS or use the methods they developed. Despite their fame, very little is actually known about them and they like to keep it that way. Occasionally fulfil a similar role to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, but contrary to popular belief, they only provide VIP escort duties under exceptional circumstances - though they can sometimes be found as part of close protection teams for senior British diplomats and their families in particularly dangerous areas. Once described by famed war correspondent Kate Adie as being like Martians: quiet, watchful and wearing a lot of strange weaponry. Applicants are only allowed in after at least 3 years of service with another regiment and undergoing an absurdly brutal Selection process, the very first phase of which (Six weeks of endurance training in the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in North Wales. It's referred to as 'the Hill phase'. Yes, these people see mountains as hills. This tells you quite a lot about them) has been known to ''kill'' people and usually weeds out 15-20% of applicants. Only 30 out of about 200 applicants remain at the end, and even after, they spend a year on probation.
* The Parachute Regiment: AKA The Paras. Jump out of planes for a living. Wear burgundy headgear. Getting in is seriously hard, and is by invitation only. Have a reputation for unnecessary violence, whether directed at the enemy, fellow soldiers, civilians or each other, and varying degrees of criminality. Particularly infamous for the Bloody Sunday massacre.

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* The Special Air Service (SAS) regiment: The original ''original'' Special Forces unit; the people who rescue hostages from embassies and look cool doing it, as well as other, more sneaky, activities. Started out in the North African desert in WWII. With two former members both in the novels business, they get a lot of coverage. Their motto "Who Dares Wins" is used a lot by Del Boy in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. They were the world's first Special Forces (as we would use the term today) and are still considered the best; all other Special Forces groups in the world are trained by the SAS or use the methods they developed. Despite their fame, very little is actually known about them and they like to keep it that way.way - their mere existence wasn't confirmed until the Iran Embassy crisis, forty years after their formation, and that was because even the British establishment couldn't deny their existence with a straight face. Occasionally fulfil a similar role to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, but contrary to popular belief, they only provide VIP escort duties under exceptional circumstances - though they can sometimes be found as part of close protection teams for senior British diplomats and their families in particularly dangerous areas. Once described by famed BBC war correspondent Kate Adie as being like Martians: quiet, watchful and wearing a lot of strange weaponry. Applicants are only allowed in after at least 3 years of good service with another regiment and undergoing an absurdly brutal Selection process, the very first phase of which (Six weeks of endurance training in the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in North Wales. It's referred to as 'the Hill phase'. Yes, these people see mountains as hills. This tells you quite a lot about them) has been known to ''kill'' people and usually weeds out 15-20% of applicants. Only 30 out of about 200 applicants remain at the end, and even after, they spend a year on probation.
* The Parachute Regiment: AKA The Paras. Jump out of planes for a living. Wear burgundy headgear. Getting in is seriously hard, and is by invitation only. Have a reputation for unnecessary violence, whether directed at the enemy, fellow soldiers, civilians or each other, and varying degrees of criminality. Particularly infamous for the Bloody Sunday massacre.massacre of 1972 (yes, there was more than one).



* The Foot Guards (Grenadier/Coldstream/Scots/Irish/Welsh Guards): Five regiments. These are the ones who usually wear the [[NiceHat bearskin hats]], stand outside Buckingham Palace and get many an American tourist trying to make them smile in fiction. Don't annoy them too much though, those rifles are real, are loaded and can fire full auto. The Irish lot recruit mostly from [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Stroke Country]], but also do so from The Republic Of Ireland (unofficially). Definitely ''not'' just ceremonial units, they have fought in many areas around the world such as North Africa, Italy and western Europe in WWII, and managed to hold the Hougoumont farmhouse at Waterloo against 14000 Frenchmen; All Guard Regiments have seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, including receiving battle honours in 2005. They can be distinguished via their button designs.

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* The Foot Guards (Grenadier/Coldstream/Scots/Irish/Welsh Guards): Five regiments. These are the ones who usually wear the [[NiceHat bearskin hats]], stand outside Buckingham Palace and get many an American tourist trying to make them smile in fiction. Don't annoy them too much though, those rifles are real, are loaded and can fire full auto. Also, at the very least, they ''will'' give you a solid kick up the arse. The Irish lot recruit mostly from [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Stroke Country]], but also do so from The Republic Of Ireland (unofficially). Definitely ''not'' just ceremonial units, they have fought in many areas around the world such as North Africa, Italy and western Europe in WWII, and managed to hold the Hougoumont farmhouse at Waterloo against 14000 14,000 Frenchmen; All Guard Regiments have seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, including receiving battle honours in 2005. They can be distinguished via their button designs.



* [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Royal Gurkha Rifles]] - They're from Nepal, a legacy of the British Empire's presence in India and there is a serious gruelling recruitment program, simply because so many Nepalis want to join, primarily because Nepal is extremely poor and even the fairly low wages for a new recruit (less than 2/3 of the British average income) make it a highly lucrative career by comparison. They always carry large knives called kukris and they're very good at their jobs. Do ''not'' mess with a Gurkha. Seen a lot of press coverage recently regarding rather shoddy treatment of retired veterans. Thankfully this was changed thanks a pressure campaign spearheaded by actress Creator/JoannaLumley. She was awarded a Pride of Britain award by the Gurka who saved her father's life.

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* [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Royal Gurkha Rifles]] - They're from Nepal, a legacy of the British Empire's presence in India and there is a serious gruelling recruitment program, comparable to that of the SAS, simply because so many Nepalis want to join, primarily because Nepal is extremely poor and even the fairly low wages for a new recruit (less than 2/3 of the British average income) make it a highly lucrative career by comparison. They always carry large knives called kukris and they're very good at their jobs. Do ''not'' mess with a Gurkha.Gurkha - they make look small and friendly, and they probably are small and friendly, but they can still carve you into salami without breaking a sweat. Seen a lot of press coverage recently regarding rather shoddy treatment of retired veterans. Thankfully this was changed thanks a pressure campaign spearheaded by actress Creator/JoannaLumley. She was awarded a Pride of Britain award by the Gurka who saved her father's life.



** An off duty Gurkha was on a train when it was robbed by forty men and they [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty took a girl hostage]]. The Gurkha was armed only with his [[KnifeNut kukri.]] A few minutes later, several of the robbers were dead and the rest were running for their lives. It's safe to say that pretty much every single member of this regiment is a OneManArmy on a scale that makes Rambo look pathetic.

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** An off duty Gurkha was on a train when it was robbed by forty men and they [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty took a girl hostage]]. The Gurkha was armed only with his [[KnifeNut kukri.]] A few minutes later, several of the robbers were dead and the rest were running for their lives. It's safe to say that pretty much every single member of this regiment is a PintSizedPowerHouse and a OneManArmy on a scale that makes Rambo look pathetic.



* The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland: Suffering the same amalgamation as the Black Watch. Most notable because one of their precursors, the Sutherland Highlanders, was the source of the now-ubiquitous military cliché "The Thin Red Line," which became their nickname after they stood in line to stop a cavalry charge (tantamount to suicide according to then-current military doctrine) in the Crimean War. Most recently, they were downgraded from being even a batallion in the Royal Regiment of Scotland and reduced to a single "public relations" company that performs only ceremonial duties.
* 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. Name dates back to when rifles were a relatively new weapon and only issued to elite units. 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 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland: Suffering the same amalgamation as the Black Watch. Most notable because one of their precursors, the Sutherland Highlanders, was the source of the now-ubiquitous military cliché "The Thin Red Line," which became their nickname after they stood in line to stop a cavalry charge (tantamount to suicide according to then-current military doctrine) in the Crimean War. Most recently, they were downgraded from being even a batallion battalion in the Royal Regiment of Scotland and reduced to a single "public relations" company that performs only ceremonial duties.
* 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. Name The name dates back to when rifles were a relatively new weapon and only issued to elite units.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]]



* Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment: Amalgated from the Queen and Hampshire regiments, this unit is ''the'' senior infantry regiment of the line. Earliest battle honours, and the most [=VCs=]!

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* Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment: Amalgated Amalgamated from the Queen and Hampshire regiments, this unit is ''the'' senior infantry regiment of the line. Earliest battle honours, and the most [=VCs=]!



* The British Army currently has the [[CoolTank rather cool]] '''Challenger 2''' in service as its Main Battle Tank. It has a major advantage over its US counterpart, the M1 Abrams, in that it has an inbuilt kettle [[SpotOfTea for making tea.]] Unique amongst NATO tanks for still possessing a 120mm ''rifled'' gun instead of the more common smoothbore.[[note]]Since the primary anti-tank ammunition is the sabot round with a fin-stabilized tungsten dart (APFSDS), which is too long relative to its diameter to be stabilized by spin alone, rifling was deemed redundant for tank guns by most nations. In addition, shaped-charge HEAT rounds are actually less effective if spinning, and thus are not used by the British Army. A smoothbore gun also has the advantages of being less expensive to manufacture and being able to fire more shots before the bore is worn out and needs replacement. The British have a strange obsession however, with High Explosive Squash Head (HESH) shells, a novel weapon that, while no longer effect against modern MBTs (due to composite armour) is still very capable at anti-structure work and has a solid multipurpose effect against lighter vehicles like APCs and infantry.[[/note]] However if the Challenger 2 has any one major claim to fame, it is the armour. Dorchester Composite is widely reputed to be the strongest armour on any main battle tank in the entire world and the encounters in Iraq definitely seemed to prove it. The Chally was known to shrug off RPG-7 attacks without even noticing in addition to withstanding Iraqi tank fire with such little effect on the crew they had to be told by a flanking tank they had been hit. In one situation withstood 14 RPG hits on all angles as well as a MILAN anti-tank missile to the top of the turret (generally a weak point in tank armor, at least relative to the front and sides of the turret). Another survived over 70 RPG strikes alone in one day. This is a ''seriously hard tank.''

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* The British Army currently has the [[CoolTank rather cool]] '''Challenger 2''' in service as its Main Battle Tank. It has a major advantage over its US counterpart, the M1 Abrams, in that it has an inbuilt kettle [[SpotOfTea for making tea.]] tea,]] because of course it does. Unique amongst NATO tanks for still possessing a 120mm ''rifled'' gun instead of the more common smoothbore.[[note]]Since the primary anti-tank ammunition is the sabot round with a fin-stabilized tungsten dart (APFSDS), which is too long relative to its diameter to be stabilized by spin alone, rifling was deemed redundant for tank guns by most nations. In addition, shaped-charge HEAT rounds are actually less effective if spinning, and thus are not used by the British Army. A smoothbore gun also has the advantages of being less expensive to manufacture and being able to fire more shots before the bore is worn out and needs replacement. The British have a strange obsession however, with High Explosive Squash Head (HESH) shells, a novel weapon that, while no longer effect against modern MBTs (due to composite armour) is still very capable at anti-structure work and has a solid multipurpose effect against lighter vehicles like APCs and infantry.[[/note]] However if the Challenger 2 has any one major claim to fame, it is the armour. Dorchester Composite is widely reputed to be the strongest armour on any main battle tank in the entire world and the encounters in Iraq definitely seemed to prove it. The Chally was known to shrug off RPG-7 attacks without even noticing noticing, in addition to withstanding Iraqi tank fire with such little effect on the crew they had to be told by a flanking tank they had been hit. In one situation withstood 14 RPG hits on all angles as well as a MILAN anti-tank missile to the top of the turret (generally a weak point in tank armor, at least relative to the front and sides of the turret). Another survived over 70 RPG strikes alone in one day. This is a ''seriously hard tank.''



** The planned upgrade will be fixing many of the older problems such as its aging digital elements and sights as well. The new Warrior post "CSP" as they say, will be an entirely new beast from the old. Most are of the belief they'll somehow still fail to make the seats comfy though.

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** The planned upgrade will be fixing many of the older problems such as its aging ageing digital elements and sights as well. The new Warrior post "CSP" as they say, will be an entirely new beast from the old. Most are of the belief they'll somehow still fail to make the seats comfy though.



* '''Fuchs''' is a highly specialised vehicle for the British. While ''ze Germans'' use them in their masses as an APC, the British only possess 11. These 11 however are extensively modified to fulfill the role of CRBN, which is the British Army and RAF's joint response teams for any chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear affected fallout zones. Some of the most advanced in the entire family they were rather stupidly cut from service until being recently reintroduced for pretty obvious reasons.

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* '''Fuchs''' is a highly specialised vehicle for the British. While ''ze Germans'' use them in their masses as an APC, the British only possess 11. These 11 however are extensively modified to fulfill fulfil the role of CRBN, which is the British Army and RAF's joint response teams for any chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear affected fallout zones. Some of the most advanced in the entire family they were rather stupidly cut from service until being recently reintroduced for pretty obvious reasons.



* The '''Vector'''. Another utility vehicle, this ubiquious lorry has done everything from transport to ambulance with a few specialised varients in there as well. Based on the Pinzgauer chassis, the British upped its protection levels and even use it as a lighter alternative to the Mastiff 3 should the situation allow for it. Capable of resisting small arms fire and even mounting a MILAN ATGM on it should the situation call, it's a surprisingly adaptable machine. Albeit it looks boring.

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* The '''Vector'''. Another utility vehicle, this ubiquious ubiquitous lorry has done everything from transport to ambulance with a few specialised varients in there as well. Based on the Pinzgauer chassis, the British upped its protection levels and even use it as a lighter alternative to the Mastiff 3 should the situation allow for it. Capable of resisting small arms fire and even mounting a MILAN ATGM on it should the situation call, it's a surprisingly adaptable machine. Albeit it looks boring.



* The '''AH-64 Westland Apache'''. No, that isn't a typo. The British version of the iconic Apache gunship is a very different beast to the American one and if anything only similar in that it has the same gun, anti-tank missiles and fueslage. The boffs at Westland installed more powerful engines (allowing it to take off with a full load of fuel, weapons ''and'' the Longbow radar, something the normal Apache cannot do), gave it folding rotors, more powerful 70mm rockets, an expanded defensive suite, additional storage space for crew weapons, arctic conditioning treatment and the capability to operate off of ships as well (a capability that's gotten good bit of use in recent years). The pilots are very picky about reminding you of this should you hint that their rides are similar to the normal varients. Prince Harry currently cruises in one.

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* The '''AH-64 Westland Apache'''. No, that isn't a typo. The British version of the iconic Apache gunship is a very different beast to the American one and if anything only similar in that it has the same gun, anti-tank missiles and fueslage. fuselage. The boffs boffins at Westland installed more powerful engines (allowing it to take off with a full load of fuel, weapons ''and'' the Longbow radar, something the normal Apache cannot do), gave it folding rotors, more powerful 70mm rockets, an expanded defensive suite, additional storage space for crew weapons, arctic conditioning treatment and the capability to operate off of ships as well (a capability that's gotten good bit of use in recent years). The pilots are very picky about reminding you of this should you hint that their rides are similar to the normal varients. Prince Harry currently cruises in one.



* The '''Chinook''' is a common sight amongst the British deployments just as much it is for America. In fact, they have the second largest Chinook fleet in the world. Unique to the British ones though are the MERT teams. America has shown great interest in this idea, where instead of sending a little helicopter to pick up a casualty and bring him back to hospital, the British instead fly the ''hospital'' to the casualty inside the massive Chinooks. Packing everything a crash room and emergency department might contain, they have even performed emergency ''surgery'' inside a Chinook after pickup to save someone's like. There are many British, Americans, Danish and Afghan soldiers serving in the UK's area of Afghanistan that owe their lives to this practice.

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* The '''Chinook''' is a common sight amongst the British deployments just as much it is for America. In fact, they have the second largest Chinook fleet in the world. Unique to the British ones though are the MERT teams. America has shown great interest in this idea, where instead of sending a little helicopter to pick up a casualty and bring him back to hospital, the British instead fly the ''hospital'' to the casualty inside the massive Chinooks. Packing everything a crash room and emergency department might contain, they have even performed emergency ''surgery'' inside a Chinook after pickup to save someone's like.life. There are many British, Americans, Danish and Afghan soldiers serving in the UK's area of Afghanistan that owe their lives to this practice.



* Last but ''certainly'' not least is the icon of British helicopter history. The great, the ugly, the glorious, the saviour, the best thing many stricken sailors and mountineers ever saw...the '''Seaking''' .This is, hands down, by ''far'' one of the most iconic helicopters ever created and yet you'll never have seen them on the big screen doing epic dawn assaults or heroically charging into fire above one of their crashed numbers. This helicopter...''this helicopter'' has saved more lives than can be counted. It is the definitive search and rescue helicopter by which all others are measured and it is on watch, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anybody who might need its help. Time and again they have flung themselves into Sea State 7 conditions to try and rescue fishermen who capsised. Hundreds can remember the sight of the orange and grey with a club card hovering above them at the last possible moment when all hope was lost for being found. The stories of Seaking crew leaping twenty feet into a heaving storm ocean to catch someone and winch them back aboard when there were ''waves higher than the helicopter's hovering height'' on either side. One might say this is lavishing, but that is the legacy of this legendary aircraft. Prince William served as an RAF Sea King pilot at the end of his military career. Formerly was also used the anti-submarine before the Merlin took that over. Remaining in service is an ''airborne early warning'' version with a massive radar hanging off the right side of the fuselage, developed when the Falklands War showed the Royal Navy had inadequate ability to detect low-altitude anti-ship missiles. These will remain in service even on the new ''Queen Elizabeth''-class supercarriers, rather than being replaced by a fixed-wing AEW plane.

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* Last but ''certainly'' not least is the icon of British helicopter history. The great, the ugly, the glorious, the saviour, the best thing many stricken sailors and mountineers ever saw...the '''Seaking''' .This is, hands down, by ''far'' one of the most iconic helicopters ever created and yet you'll never have seen them on the big screen doing epic dawn assaults or heroically charging into fire above one of their crashed numbers. This helicopter...''this helicopter'' has saved more lives than can be counted. It is the definitive search and rescue helicopter by which all others are measured and it is on watch, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anybody who might need its help. Time and again they have flung themselves into Sea State 7 conditions to try and rescue fishermen who capsised.capsized. Hundreds can remember the sight of the orange and grey with a club card hovering above them at the last possible moment when all hope was lost for being found. The stories of Seaking crew leaping twenty feet into a heaving storm ocean to catch someone and winch them back aboard when there were ''waves higher than the helicopter's hovering height'' on either side. One might say this is lavishing, but that is the legacy of this legendary aircraft. [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Prince William served as an RAF Sea King pilot at the end of his military career. career.]] Formerly was also used the anti-submarine before the Merlin took that over. Remaining in service is an ''airborne early warning'' version with a massive radar hanging off the right side of the fuselage, developed when the Falklands War showed the Royal Navy had inadequate ability to detect low-altitude anti-ship missiles. These will remain in service even on the new ''Queen Elizabeth''-class supercarriers, rather than being replaced by a fixed-wing AEW plane.



Many compare it to the F-22 Raptor. These people know very little about planes. Raptor and Typhoon are two different aircraft with two different purposes and are both likely the best at what they do. Let that be the end of it, please.

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Many compare it to the F-22 Raptor. These people know very little about planes. Raptor and Typhoon are two different aircraft with the one pilot to fly both comparing them to apples and oranges. They have two different purposes and are both likely the best at what they do.do (even if it isn't very nice). Let that be the end of it, please.



* Supermarine Spitfire - the pride of the RAF during the Battle of Britain and indisputably the most iconic fighter of the war. Any work of fiction mentioning the Battle ''will'' name-check this plane. Impressively, while the components and weaponry were improved, the Spitfire's basic design was not changed throughout its entire operational history, a feat unheard of in aviation of the World War period, and it consistently equalled each opponent it faced. The Mark IX even proved capable of downing the Me 262, the first jet aircraft to see combat.

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* Supermarine Spitfire - the pride of the RAF during the Battle of Britain and indisputably the most iconic fighter of the war. Any work of fiction mentioning the Battle Battle, or even World War II in general, ''will'' name-check this plane. Impressively, while the components and weaponry were improved, the Spitfire's basic design was not changed throughout its entire operational history, a feat unheard of in aviation of the World War period, and it consistently equalled each opponent it faced. The Mark IX even proved capable of downing the Me 262, the first jet aircraft to see combat.



* Hawker Typhoon - although unsuccessful as a high-altitude fighter, it inherited the high rate of turn of the Hurricane, and its Sabre engine had excellent low-altitude characteristics, which gave it the ability to fight the German Fw190 interceptor with ease. Later, it was used as a fighter-bomber, able to carry 8 unguided rockets or a pair of 1000-pound bombs, the former of which had a significant psychological effect on German tank crews.

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* Hawker Typhoon - although unsuccessful as a high-altitude fighter, it inherited the high rate of turn of the Hurricane, and its Sabre engine had excellent low-altitude characteristics, which gave it the ability to fight the deadly German Fw190 interceptor with ease. Later, it was used as a fighter-bomber, able to carry 8 unguided rockets or a pair of 1000-pound bombs, the former of which had a significant psychological effect on German tank crews.



* De Havilland Mosquito, aka "The Mossie" aka "The Wooden Wonder", a twin-engine, two-man high-speed interceptor/escort fighter/ground attack/photoreconnaisance/light bomber. Was equipped with everything from [[MoreDakka four 20mm cannons]] to a [[{{BFG}} 57mm anti-tank gun]] to a [[DeathFromAbove 4,000 bomb]] affectionately called a [[FluffyTheTerrible Cookie]]. And yes, it was made mostly of wood, which gave it a very weak radar signature, effectively making it the first stealth aircraft. This led to Goering loudly complaining that despite the fact that British had more aluminium to hand than the Germans, they created one of the best (and most cost effective) fighters of the war out of wood. Had the lowest losses of any aircraft in RAF Bomber Command due to its blinding speed - while German interceptors were faster, by the time they reached interception altitude, the Mosquito usually had enough of a lead that they ran out of fuel before catching up. Ironically, the Germans regarded it as the ultimate evolution of their own "Schnellbomber" concept, or fast tactical bomber.

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* De Havilland Mosquito, aka "The Mossie" aka "The Wooden Wonder", a twin-engine, two-man high-speed interceptor/escort fighter/ground attack/photoreconnaisance/light bomber. Was equipped with everything from [[MoreDakka four 20mm cannons]] to a [[{{BFG}} 57mm anti-tank gun]] to a [[DeathFromAbove 4,000 bomb]] affectionately called a [[FluffyTheTerrible Cookie]]. And yes, it was made mostly of wood, which gave it a very weak radar signature, effectively making it the first stealth aircraft. aircraft, and served as everything from day fighter to night-fighter to bomber, to fighter-bomber... pretty much everything that could be thought of, really. This led to Goering loudly complaining that despite the fact that British had more aluminium to hand than the Germans, they created one of the best (and most cost effective) fighters of the war out of wood. ''wood.'' Had the lowest losses of any aircraft in RAF Bomber Command due to its blinding speed - while German interceptors were faster, by the time they reached interception altitude, the Mosquito usually had enough of a lead that they ran out of fuel before catching up. Ironically, the Germans regarded it as the ultimate evolution of their own "Schnellbomber" concept, or fast tactical bomber.



* English Electric Lightning- a very fast interceptor from the 1960s, with a climb rate that rivals the F-15, a plane a generation newer. The very first aircraft capable of supercruise. Even when its light armament and outdated sensors had rendered it hopelessly obsolete, the Lightning was the fighter everybody wanted to fly because of its sheer speed.
* Avro Vulcan - a British nuclear bomber, famous for its unmistakable delta-winged shape. During UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar, pulled off what was then the longest-range bombing raid in history, via a lot of tanker support. The history book ''Vulcan 607'' covers the first of these.

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* Gloster Meteor - the first Allied jet fighter, it was mostly deputised to chase down V1's.
* English Electric Lightning- Lightning - a very fast interceptor from the 1960s, with a climb rate that rivals the F-15, a plane a generation newer. The very first aircraft capable of supercruise. Even when its light armament and outdated sensors had rendered it hopelessly obsolete, the Lightning was the fighter everybody wanted to fly because of its sheer speed.
* Avro Vulcan - a British nuclear bomber, famous for its unmistakable delta-winged shape.shape and the eerie 'Vulcan howl'. During UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar, pulled off what was then the longest-range bombing raid in history, via a lot of tanker support. The history book ''Vulcan 607'' covers the first of these.



** Parts were used to make the dropship for ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Fun fact is that the person who designed the interior of the Vulcan in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' was Peter Lamont, production designer on ''Aliens''.

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** Parts were used to make the dropship for ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Fun fact is that fact: the person who designed the interior of the Vulcan in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' was Peter Lamont, production designer on ''Aliens''.



* The Blackburn Buccaneer- A ''very'' low level attack aircraft designed for counter shipping above all purposes. Often confused OPFOR ships who were watching the skies for it...only for it to tear by their carrier below the level of the ''flight deck.''

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* The Blackburn Buccaneer- A ''very'' low level attack aircraft designed for counter shipping above all purposes. Often confused OPFOR ships who were watching the skies for it... only for it to tear by their carrier below the level of the ''flight deck.''
* The Hawker Harrier - the famous 'Jump Jet', the first combat jet with VTOL capability, first commissioned in the late 60's, it served with distinction for forty years. Its retirement was met with mass dismay, because if there was one thing this jet was, it was ''cool.'' Because of the cool factor, it's featured in a number of fictional works, including as the morph for several Transformers, and in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''. They are still flown by the Spanish and Italian Navies, as well as the US Marine Corps.



The Senior Service (so called because it's the oldest of the three). Named as the RAF is. Home of HoratioHornblower. Quite simply, for the longest time, the most powerful navy in the world. For more or less the entire ninteenth century, the Royal Navy was deliberately maintained at a size and power large enough to defeat the next two largest Navies in the world, simultaneously. The Royal Navy is practically synonymous with any mention of British military might and many a potential invasion of the British Isles would have had to cross through a wall of steel (or wood, depending on era). Being an island nation allowed the Brits to concentrate virtually ''all'' their military resources in their Navy, rather than having to expend vast sums on massive standing armies and frontier fortresses ''as well'', as their European rivals were compelled to, which had the side benefit of allowing them to establish the most extensive empire in history and mercantile supremacy for nearly two centuries.

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The Senior Service (so called because it's the oldest of the three). Named as the RAF is. Home of HoratioHornblower. Quite simply, for the longest time, the most powerful navy in the world. For more or less the entire ninteenth century, the Royal Navy was deliberately maintained at a size and power large enough to defeat the next two largest Navies in the world, simultaneously.simultaneously (this 'two power' strategy was enshrined in law in 1889). The Royal Navy is practically synonymous with any mention of British military might and many a potential invasion of the British Isles would have had to cross through a wall of steel (or wood, depending on era). Being an island nation allowed the Brits to concentrate virtually ''all'' their military resources in their Navy, rather than having to expend vast sums on massive standing armies and frontier fortresses ''as well'', as their European rivals were compelled to, which had the side benefit of allowing them to establish the most extensive empire in history and mercantile supremacy for nearly two centuries.



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 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: 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. Britons shall never be slaves indeed.

Famous for UsefulNotes/HoratioNelson, who got a very tall column for beating the French (with a column) and being fatally shot in the process. Also notable for losing an arm, sight in one eye, and chronic seasickness while in the service. Today a statue of him sits on top of the aforesaid very tall column in the middle of Trafalgar Square (named after his last battle), honoured over the years by scores upon scores of pigeons. They also played a major role in ending the slave trade. [[labelnote:*]]The Navy, not the pigeons.[[/labelnote]] The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Africa_Squadron West Africa Squadron]], a task force created at great personal expense by the British Parliament set out to end the Atlantic Slave Trade. Although it started with two ships, it grew to contain a sixth of the entire naval fleet and between 1808-1860, it captured 1600 slave ships and freed 150,000 slaves. The British navy were virtually alone in policing the NavalBlockade on slavery. While America had abolished the slave trade (although not slavery itself), it's primitive navy and local political pressure meant that its efforts were highly limited (it captured 19 ships in the same period). This is considered, with good justice, to be the great humanitarian triumph of the Royal Navy.

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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 order. After delays thanks to budget issues and the F-35 development problems. problems, as of June 2017, the absolutely colossal HMS ''Queen Elizabeth'' of the class of the same name is undergoing sea trials. With a displacement of over 70,000 tons, this leviathan is second only to the Nimitz class. However, it is not expected to be fully functional until 2020, along with its sister ship, the HMS ''Prince of Wales'', which may yet be renamed the HMS ''Ark Royal'', after the previous shop of that name was decommissioned in 2011.

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.

Famous for UsefulNotes/HoratioNelson, dubbed by Lord Byron [[RedBaron 'Britannia's God of War']] who got a very tall column for beating the French (with a column) and being fatally shot in the process. Also notable for losing an arm, sight in one eye, and chronic seasickness while in the service. Today a statue of him sits on top of the aforesaid very tall column in the middle of Trafalgar Square (named after his last battle), honoured over the years by scores upon scores of pigeons. They also played a major role in ending the slave trade. [[labelnote:*]]The Navy, not the pigeons.[[/labelnote]] The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Africa_Squadron West Africa Squadron]], a task force created at great personal expense by the British Parliament set out to end the Atlantic Slave Trade. Although it started with two ships, it grew to contain a sixth of the entire naval fleet fleet, blockading the ''entire West coast of Africa'', and between 1808-1860, it captured 1600 slave ships and freed 150,000 slaves. The British navy were virtually alone in policing the NavalBlockade on slavery. While America had abolished the slave trade (although not slavery itself), it's primitive navy and local political pressure meant that its efforts were highly limited (it captured 19 ships in the same period). This is considered, with good justice, to be the great humanitarian triumph of the Royal Navy.



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/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.

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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/WorldWarII, the French Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, in the latter case being joined by the Dutch Navy, who spotted the opportunity to settle a score or three. The Continental Navy of the fledging fledgling 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.ponytail - as the War of Independence had demonstrated, any direct confrontation would lead to the Royal Navy rolling right over the Continental Navy.[[/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 It also effectively won a naval war on the other side of the planet in the 1980s in a war 1980s, fighting just off the coast of a nation throwing their entire military into the fight 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.



Thankfully, this is changing very soon with the building of two 70,800 ton supercarriers[[note]]used to be 65,000 by design, it has since grown[[/note]] known as the ''Queen Elizabeth'' Class. These are to mount (after a large degree of political arguing and U-turning) the F35-B STOVL jet of which 48 are confirmed to be coming initially. The first of these ships is already nearing completion and they will be the largest ships in the Royal Navy's history when complete. The Empire strikes back indeed.

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Thankfully, this is changing very soon with the building of two 70,800 ton supercarriers[[note]]used to be 65,000 by design, it has since grown[[/note]] known as the ''Queen Elizabeth'' Class. These are to mount (after a large degree of political arguing and U-turning) the F35-B STOVL jet of which 48 are confirmed to be coming initially. The first of these ships is already nearing completion (as of June 2017, the HMS ''Queen Elizabeth'' is performing sea trials in the North Sea) and they will be the largest ships in the Royal Navy's history when complete.complete, second only to the Nimitz Class for raw size. The Empire strikes back indeed.



* Type 45 Daring Class Destroyer - The current pride of the Navy and rough equivalents of the US ''Arleigh Burke'' Class. Often known as the "Billion pound ships" (despite only the first costing that) they were designed due to the lessons learned in the Falkland Islands, to that extent, they are often thought of as the most advanced anti-air ships around right now with a frankly ''absurd'' capability to individually target, lock and shoot down 48 planes...in less than twenty seconds. This number, strangely enough, is precisely how many planes the Argentinian Air Force had at the time the first destroyer was launched. The newspapers were, of course, very fast to point this out and it is probably no coincidence that they were launched during a time period when the Argentines were making noises about the Falklands, making the deployment of the ''Dauntless'' to the Falklands seem like a very pointed 'fuck you' by Britain.

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* Type 45 Daring Class Destroyer - The current pride of the Navy and rough equivalents of the US ''Arleigh Burke'' Class. Often known as the "Billion pound ships" (despite only the first costing that) they were designed due to the lessons learned in the Falkland Islands, to that extent, they are often thought of as the most advanced anti-air ships around right now with a frankly ''absurd'' capability to individually target, lock and shoot down 48 planes... in less than twenty seconds. This number, strangely enough, is precisely how many planes the Argentinian Air Force had at the time the first destroyer was launched. The newspapers were, of course, very fast to point this out and it is probably no coincidence that they were launched during a time period when the Argentines were making noises about the Falklands, making the deployment of the ''Dauntless'' to the Falklands seem like a very pointed 'fuck you' by Britain.



** Unfortunately also known for being bug prone, at least in the early days, having trouble getting from Southampton to Plymouth, much less across the Atlantic. These problems seem to have been resolved.

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** Unfortunately also known for being bug prone, at least in the early days, having trouble getting from Southampton to Plymouth, Plymouth (159 nautical miles), much less across the Atlantic. These problems seem to have been resolved.
resolved, but it's still a little embarrassing.



* 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.

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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.
preserved, however, sadly, she seems to be destined for the scrap-yard.



** Also in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', Blonsky (The Abomination) was retconned from a KGB agent into a Royal Marine, due to being played by Tim Roth. The Royal Marines are implied to be pretty badass by American standards in this movie.

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** Also in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', Emil Blonsky (The Abomination) was retconned from a KGB agent into a Royal Marine, Marine of presumably Russian ancestry, due to being played by Tim Roth. The Royal Marines are implied to be pretty badass by American standards in this movie.movie, and accounts from both USMC and Royal Marines indicate a great degree of mutual respect.



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

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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''.



* Squaddies (the enlistees) will often be somewhat violent when violence isn't called for, and a couple may do drugs (it was recently revealed the British Army was kicking out the equivalent of a battalion a year for narcotics use). Brushes with the civilian authorities for public drunkenness are few and far between, however, or at least seldom committed by the same soldier twice. One is advised to be careful in pubs in garrison towns.

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* Squaddies (the enlistees) will often be somewhat violent when violence isn't called for, and a couple may do drugs (it was recently revealed the British Army was kicking out the equivalent of a battalion a year for narcotics use). Brushes with the civilian authorities for public drunkenness are few and far between, however, or at least seldom committed by the same soldier twice. One Nevertheless, one is advised to be careful in pubs in garrison towns.



* No discussion of this subject is complete without the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII RAF pilot, who will have a moustache, a leather flying jacket and silk scarf, and use several of the expressions in StockBritishPhrases.
** Not forgeting the RFC Lord Flashheart.

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* No discussion of this subject is complete without the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII RAF pilot, who will have a moustache, a leather flying jacket and silk scarf, and use several of the expressions in StockBritishPhrases.
StockBritishPhrases. They're also often prone to skirt-chasing.
** Not forgeting forgetting the RFC Lord Flashheart.



* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', the British (in conjunction with the Iranians) are up front for the Battle of al Badiyah al Janubiyah, where they break a flank of Abigor's army against their guns, mines, and razor wire, killing a notable portion of Abigor's cavalry and driving the survivors of that flank towards the main body. Over time the British military seems to revert to a supporting role, though because of [[spoiler:the destruction of Sheffield]] the RAF is granted the courtesy of "opening" the Battle of the Phlegethon River with a bombing run, killing several hundred [[spoiler:harpies]] before takeoff. In chapter 76 of ''Pantheocide'' however, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:the SAS]] are the first [[spoiler:First-Life]] humans to enter the Eternal City.
* 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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* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', the British (in conjunction with the Iranians) are up front for the Battle of al Badiyah al Janubiyah, where they break a flank of Abigor's army against their guns, mines, and razor wire, killing a notable portion of Abigor's cavalry and driving the survivors of that flank towards the main body. Over time the British military seems to revert to a supporting role, though because of [[spoiler:the destruction of Sheffield]] the RAF is granted the courtesy of "opening" the Battle of the Phlegethon River with a bombing run, killing several hundred [[spoiler:harpies]] before takeoff. In chapter 76 of ''Pantheocide'' however, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:the SAS]] are the first [[spoiler:First-Life]] humans to enter the Eternal City.
City, because of course the sneaky bastards are.
* 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.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' with UNIT, an ostensible United Nations force made up of British Army soldiers (New Who also depicts American UNIT members and bases). Also appeared in other stories. Once, the RAF tried to nuke a nuclear power station; it didn't work.

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* ''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).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 fourth season of the BritCom ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' puts main character Edmund Blackadder in the trenches during 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.

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* The fourth season of the BritCom ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' puts main character Edmund Blackadder in the trenches during 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'', ''perilous'', 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 Special Air Service (SAS) regiment: The original Special Forces unit; the people who rescue hostages from embassies and look cool doing it, as well as other, more sneaky, activities. Started out in the North African desert in WWII. With two former members both in the novels business, they get a lot of coverage. Their motto "Who Dares Wins" is used a lot by Del Boy in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. They were the world's first Special Forces (as we would use the term today) and are still considered the best; all other Special Forces groups in the world are trained by the SAS or use the methods they developed. Despite their fame, very little is actually known about them and they like to keep it that way. Occasionally fulfil a similar role to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, but contrary to popular belief, they only provide VIP escort duties under exceptional circumstances - though they can sometimes be found as part of close protection teams for senior British diplomats and their families in particularly dangerous areas. Once described by famed war correspondent Kate Adie as being like Martians: quiet, watchful and wearing a lot of strange weaponry. Applicants are only allowed in after at least 3 years of service with another regiment and undergoing an absurdly brutal Selection process, the very first phase of which (Six weeks of endurance training in the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in North Wales. It's referred to as 'the Hill phase'. Yes, these people see mountains as hills. This tells you quite a lot about them) has been known to ''kill'' people and usually weeds out 15-20% of applicants. Only 30 out of about 200 applicants remain at the end, and even after, they spend a year on probation.

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* The Special Air Service (SAS) regiment: The original Special Forces unit; the people who rescue hostages from embassies and look cool doing it, as well as other, more sneaky, activities. Started out in the North African desert in WWII. With two former members both in the novels business, they get a lot of coverage. Their motto "Who Dares Wins" is used a lot by Del Boy in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. They were the world's first Special Forces (as we would use the term today) and are still considered the best; all other Special Forces groups in the world are trained by the SAS or use the methods they developed. Despite their fame, very little is actually known about them and they like to keep it that way. Occasionally fulfil a similar role to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, but contrary to popular belief, they only provide VIP escort duties under exceptional circumstances - though they can sometimes be found as part of close protection teams for senior British diplomats and their families in particularly dangerous areas. Once described by famed war correspondent Kate Adie as being like Martians: quiet, watchful and wearing a lot of strange weaponry. Applicants are only allowed in after at least 3 years of service with another regiment and undergoing an absurdly brutal Selection process, the very first phase of which (Six weeks of endurance training in the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in North Wales. It's referred to as 'the Hill phase'. Yes, these people see mountains as hills. This tells you quite a lot about them) has been known to ''kill'' people and usually weeds out 15-20% of applicants. Only 30 out of about 200 applicants remain at the end, and even after, they spend a year on probation.
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* The British military in various forms plays a role in many of Tom Clancy's works, usually in a supporting role to the US Army/Navy, but is itself almost always portrayed as highly competent. One of his most famous novels, ''Rainbow Six'', had the SAS as major players, representing around half the Rainbow staff, including their intelligence, and most of the Rainbow troopers are British SAS and various American special forces.

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* The British military in various forms plays a role in many of Tom Clancy's works, usually in a supporting role to the US Army/Navy, but is itself almost always portrayed as highly competent. One of his most famous novels, ''Rainbow Six'', ''Literature/RainbowSix'', had the SAS as major players, representing around half the Rainbow staff, including their intelligence, and most of the Rainbow troopers are British SAS and various American special forces.



* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix'' Siege has four playable Operators from the SAS in the form of Sledge, a 2m tall Scotsman who breaches walls with a sledgehammer; Thatcher, a 50 year old veteran of the Falklands war who can throw an EMP grenade to disable electronics; Smoke, who can detonate toxic gas charges to deny areas; and Mute, who can disable remote detonated gadgets. They all wear blue jumpsuits and gas masks in reference to the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege.

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* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix'' Siege ''VideoGame/RainbowSixSiege'' has four playable Operators from the SAS in the form of Sledge, a 2m tall Scotsman who breaches walls with a sledgehammer; Thatcher, a 50 year old veteran of the Falklands war who can throw an EMP grenade to disable electronics; Smoke, who can detonate toxic gas charges to deny areas; and Mute, who can disable remote detonated gadgets. They all wear blue jumpsuits and gas masks in reference to the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege.
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* GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's ''Flashman'' series is an excuse to have one character be present at pretty much every major event of the Victorian Era -- Harry Flashman serves (unwillingly) in Afghanistan, the Crimea, the Mutiny, the Opium War, the Zulu War, and the Boxer Rebellion, snarking about famous figures all the way.
** His McAuslan is a [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed not-quite-fictional]] series about life in the Gordon Highlanders between 1945-47 in North Africa and Edinburgh. It successfully invokes the culture of the Scottish regiments of the period as well as their rich history. Its [[SpiritualSequel Spiritual Prequel]] ''Quartered Safe Out Here'' is a nonfictional memoir of the Border Regiment in Burma during 1945.

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* GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's ''Flashman'' series is an excuse to have one character be present at pretty much every major event of the Victorian Era -- Harry Flashman serves (unwillingly) in Afghanistan, the Crimea, the Mutiny, the Opium War, the Zulu War, and the Boxer Rebellion, snarking about famous figures all the way.
** His McAuslan Literature/McAuslan is a [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed not-quite-fictional]] series about life in the Gordon Highlanders between 1945-47 in North Africa and Edinburgh. It successfully invokes the culture of the Scottish regiments of the period as well as their rich history. Its [[SpiritualSequel Spiritual Prequel]] ''Quartered Safe Out Here'' is a nonfictional memoir of the Border Regiment in Burma during 1945.
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* Many regiments of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Imperial Guard regiments are very strongly based on historical British forces. The Tallarns are an army of LawrenceOfArabia clones, while the Praetorians are Zulu War-era soldiers with lasguns. It helps, of course, that Creator/GamesWorkshop (the publishers of the game) are based in Nottingham.

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* Many regiments of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Imperial Guard regiments are very strongly based on historical British forces. The Tallarns are an army of LawrenceOfArabia Film/LawrenceOfArabia clones, while the Praetorians are Zulu War-era soldiers with lasguns. It helps, of course, that Creator/GamesWorkshop (the publishers of the game) are based in Nottingham.
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