History UsefulNotes / BritsWithBattleships

24th Aug '16 1:50:15 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the second volume of the series, ''Literature/{{Evensong}}'', the Duke has to get [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} naïve]] local councillor [[SupremeChef Teddy Gates]] out of a CommunityThreateningConstruction crisis by finding a way to fulfil his pledge to put up social housing in the district despite every square foot's being scheduled at least Grade II*. The [[SavingTheOrphanage crafty solution]]? Get some old buildings back (derelict since 1945) under the Crichel Down rule, spent plenty of narrative time nobbling the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Estates, run up {{Retraux}} Georgian housing in place of the old huts, and move in retired [[spoiler: [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]] and their families. No politician dare oppose ''that.'' Least of all when the Duke creates a Trust to do the job, which brings together a bunch of [[RetiredBadass old Sappers, Signallers, and other Forces retirees]] to train FE students and recently demobbed and wounded squaddies who need to learn new trades.

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** In the second volume of the series, ''Literature/{{Evensong}}'', the Duke has to get [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} naïve]] local councillor [[SupremeChef Teddy Gates]] out of a CommunityThreateningConstruction crisis by finding a way to fulfil his pledge to put up social housing in the district despite every square foot's being scheduled at least Grade II*. The [[SavingTheOrphanage crafty solution]]? Get some old buildings back (derelict since 1945) under the Crichel Down rule, spent plenty of narrative time nobbling the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Estates, run up {{Retraux}} Georgian housing in place of the old huts, and move in retired [[spoiler: [[NepaliWithNastyKnives [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]] and their families. No politician dare oppose ''that.'' Least of all when the Duke creates a Trust to do the job, which brings together a bunch of [[RetiredBadass old Sappers, Signallers, and other Forces retirees]] to train FE students and recently demobbed and wounded squaddies who need to learn new trades.
22nd Aug '16 8:47:03 PM AirofMystery
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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 Nazy, 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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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 Nazy, 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.
22nd Aug '16 8:46:49 PM AirofMystery
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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. *[[The Navy, not the pidgeons.]] 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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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. *[[The Navy, [[labelnote:*]]The Nazy, not the pidgeons.]] 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.
22nd Aug '16 8:45:01 PM AirofMystery
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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. 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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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. *[[The Navy, not the pidgeons.]] 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.
21st Aug '16 4:00:30 AM Morgenthaler
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Unfortunately, the power of the Royal Navy declined with the Empire and is considerably less impressive than before. In addition to a number of destroyers and frigates, it has just two small VTOL carriers (well, four, one of which is currently mothballed pending scrapping and another is an amphibious-landing support vessel that normally carries only helicopters), but two full-length ones are on order, but have been delayed due to budget issues and the F-35 development problems. Its Vanguard class nuclear submarines carry the UK's UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm. It just doesn't carry the moxie it used to (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.

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Unfortunately, the power of the Royal Navy declined with the Empire and is considerably less impressive than before. In addition to a number of destroyers and frigates, it has just two small VTOL carriers (well, four, one of which is currently mothballed pending scrapping and another is an amphibious-landing support vessel that normally carries only helicopters), but two full-length ones are on order, but have been delayed due to budget issues and the F-35 development problems. Its Vanguard class nuclear submarines carry the UK's UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm.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.
21st Aug '16 3:41:09 AM Morgenthaler
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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 [[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. 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 [[CanucksWithChinooks [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canadian Military]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kQqnZwhFfmc#t=324s Have something of a dislike for American ammunition.]]
2nd Aug '16 9:12:52 PM Mike
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* [[UsefulNots/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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* [[UsefulNots/NepaliWithNastyKnives [[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.
23rd Jul '16 3:42:38 PM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* The '''Lynx Battlefield helicopter'''. The Yanks have the Blackhawk. The Brits have the Lynx. This helicopter has done it all. Battlefield transport, attack helicopter, support gunship, recce, maritime attack, sub hunting, airborne control and special forces insertion. (Its role in the maritime front with the Royal Navy has been its speciality) It is very fast, currently the world record holder for the fastest helicopter in the world and capable of backflips and barrel rolls. As such, it is a widely loved bit of kit and the helicopter most pilots are eager to get their paws on. Due to be replaced by the '''Lynx Wildcat'''. Essentially a Lynx that can carry more weight and has an even more powerful engine to increase the range dramatically, very useful improvements as the Lynx is smaller than the typical utility helicopter (by weight about half the size of a Blackhawk). Also features a brand new [=ISTAR=] suite.

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* The '''Lynx Battlefield helicopter'''. The Yanks have the Blackhawk. The Brits have the Lynx. This helicopter has done it all. Battlefield transport, attack helicopter, support gunship, recce, maritime attack, sub hunting, airborne control and special forces insertion. (Its role in the maritime front with the Royal Navy has been its speciality) It is very fast, currently the world record holder for the fastest helicopter in the world and capable of backflips and barrel rolls. As such, it is a widely loved bit of kit and the helicopter most pilots are eager to get their paws on. Due to be replaced by the '''Lynx Wildcat'''. Essentially a Lynx that can carry more weight and has an even more powerful engine to increase the range dramatically, very useful improvements as the Lynx is smaller than the typical utility helicopter (by weight about half the size of a Blackhawk). Also features a brand new [=ISTAR=] [=ISTAR=]('''I'''ntelligence, '''S'''urveillance, '''T'''arget '''A'''cquisition and '''R'''econnaissance) suite.
16th Jul '16 7:25:14 PM TimberRidge
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** In the second volume of the series, ''Literature/{{Evensong}}'', the Duke has to get [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} naïve]] local councillor [[SupremeChef Teddy Gates]] out of a CommunityThreateningConstruction crisis by finding a way to fulfil his pledge to put up social housing in the district despite every square foot's being scheduled at least Grade II*. The [[SavingTheOrphanage crafty solution]]? Get some old buildings back (derelict since 1945) under the Crichel Down rule, spent plenty of narrative time nobbling the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Estates, run up Retraux Georgian housing in place of the old huts, and move in retired [[spoiler: [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]] and their families. No politician dare oppose ''that.'' Least of all when the Duke creates a Trust to do the job, which brings together a bunch of [[RetiredBadass old Sappers, Signallers, and other Forces retirees]] to train FE students and recently demobbed and wounded squaddies who need to learn new trades.

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** In the second volume of the series, ''Literature/{{Evensong}}'', the Duke has to get [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} naïve]] local councillor [[SupremeChef Teddy Gates]] out of a CommunityThreateningConstruction crisis by finding a way to fulfil his pledge to put up social housing in the district despite every square foot's being scheduled at least Grade II*. The [[SavingTheOrphanage crafty solution]]? Get some old buildings back (derelict since 1945) under the Crichel Down rule, spent plenty of narrative time nobbling the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Estates, run up Retraux {{Retraux}} Georgian housing in place of the old huts, and move in retired [[spoiler: [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]] and their families. No politician dare oppose ''that.'' Least of all when the Duke creates a Trust to do the job, which brings together a bunch of [[RetiredBadass old Sappers, Signallers, and other Forces retirees]] to train FE students and recently demobbed and wounded squaddies who need to learn new trades.
16th Jul '16 7:21:15 PM TimberRidge
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* A good half of the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series relies on this: it is after all set in Wiltshire, Home of the British Army, and full of [[RetiredBadass old soldiers who decline to fade away]]. Main character the Duke of Taunton is a decorated, retired MajorlyAwesome Intelligence Corps officer; the landlord of the [[MyLocal pub]] is [[UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar Falklands]]-vintage; one of the curates (he came to Holy Orders late in life) was a Major in the Blues and Royals (and has the M.C.); the local Headmaster was a subaltern in 1 PARA, the retiring Maths master has the nickname "Sapper" for a reason, and his replacement is a retired [[TheBrigadier brigadier]] (R SIGNALS); the local quarry is managed by a former Warrant Officer.... Even the trendy Bishop is an ex-chaplain RN. And their responses to events are predictably military.
** In the second volume of the series, ''Literature/{{Evensong}}'', the Duke has to get [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} naïve]] local councillor [[SupremeChef Teddy Gates]] out of a CommunityThreateningConstruction crisis by finding a way to fulfil his pledge to put up social housing in the district despite every square foot's being scheduled at least Grade II*. The [[SavingTheOrphanage crafty solution]]? Get some old buildings back (derelict since 1945) under the Crichel Down rule, spent plenty of narrative time nobbling the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Estates, run up Retraux Georgian housing in place of the old huts, and move in retired [[spoiler: [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]] and their families. No politician dare oppose ''that.'' Least of all when the Duke creates a Trust to do the job, which brings together a bunch of [[RetiredBadass old Sappers, Signallers, and other Forces retirees]] to train FE students and recently demobbed and wounded squaddies who need to learn new trades.
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