History UsefulNotes / BritsWithBattleships

10th Mar '17 3:50:51 AM jormis29
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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.
8th Mar '17 9:51:56 AM nombretomado
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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.
26th Feb '17 4:44:59 PM nombretomado
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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.
16th Dec '16 10:49:52 PM zubaz6041
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*''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.
18th Oct '16 5:00:58 AM Tenordream
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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.]] 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 worked quite well before composite armor, but is rendered obsolete because of it, however, which require a rifled barrel.[[/note]] This permits the firing of the multipurpose HESH rounds and arguably makes it more accurate as well. (Although really most tank guns in the West are all picture perfect these days.) 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.]] 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 worked quite well before that, while no longer effect against modern MBTs (due to composite armor, but armour) is rendered obsolete because of it, however, which require still very capable at anti-structure work and has a rifled barrel.[[/note]] This permits the firing of the solid multipurpose HESH rounds effect against lighter vehicles like APCs and arguably makes it more accurate as well. (Although really most tank guns in the West are all picture perfect these days.) 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.''
12th Oct '16 7:43:56 PM erforce
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These are the dudes who do beach landings and stuff like that. Wear green berets. In the past, like the British Army, they wore red coats. In the first ''[[Main/{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Pirates Of The Caribbean]]'' movie, Keira Knightley disguises herself as a Royal Marine. She looks rather good in the jacket as well... Have a fierce rivalry with the Paras. Unlike the US Marines, the Royal Marines are Commandos and are used for specialist deployment. Their recruiting campaigns focus on their toughness and exclusivity: they used to use the slogan "99.9% need not apply". The Royal Marines have two battle honours from the siege of Gibraltar and the capture of Belle Isle. The rest of their service is represented by the Globe in their cap-badge, representing that they've served all over the world and are ready to deploy all over the world. Their motto is ''Per Mare, Per Terram'' meaning ''By Sea, By Land.''

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These are the dudes who do beach landings and stuff like that. Wear green berets. In the past, like the British Army, they wore red coats. In the first ''[[Main/{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Pirates Of The Caribbean]]'' movie, Keira Knightley ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Creator/KeiraKnightley's character disguises herself as a Royal Marine. She looks rather good in the jacket as well... Have a fierce rivalry with the Paras. Unlike the US Marines, the Royal Marines are Commandos and are used for specialist deployment. Their recruiting campaigns focus on their toughness and exclusivity: they used to use the slogan "99.9% need not apply". The Royal Marines have two battle honours from the siege of Gibraltar and the capture of Belle Isle. The rest of their service is represented by the Globe in their cap-badge, representing that they've served all over the world and are ready to deploy all over the world. Their motto is ''Per Mare, Per Terram'' meaning ''By Sea, By Land.''
11th Oct '16 2:20:01 AM bombadil211
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You are allowed to have [[SeadogBeard a beard]] if you're in the Royal Navy, unlike in the US... unless there's the possibility of making an acquaintance with war gases, since the beard prevents you getting a good fit with your gas mask. You're also allowed to raise a glass and toast your crowned Head of State and Commander in Chief while remaining seated, a privilege dating back to the days of wooden ships, where the wardroom ceilings were generally too low to permit anyone to stand to attention in a suitably dignified fashion. The traditional and much-loved rum ration, however, was abolished way back in 1970.

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You are allowed to have [[SeadogBeard a beard]] if you're in the Royal Navy, unlike in the US... unless there's the possibility of making an acquaintance with war gases, since the beard prevents you getting a good fit with your gas mask. You're also allowed to raise a glass and toast your crowned Head of State and Commander in Chief while remaining seated, a privilege dating back to the days of wooden ships, where the wardroom ceilings were generally too low to permit anyone to stand to attention in a suitably dignified fashion. The traditional and much-loved rum ration, however, was abolished way back in 1970.
1970[[note]]Sailors are still given an allowance of two cans of beer a day[[/note]].
11th Oct '16 2:14:30 AM bombadil211
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* The Royal Air Force Regiment - not as well known as the rest of the military, these are an Infantry unit, "affectionately" nicknamed "rock apes" for their deployment in Gibraltar and after the plentiful Barbary Macaques - the place is positively infested with the damn things. They get a lot of stick from the army (for not being a "proper" infantry unit as they seem to spend a lot of time guarding RAF bases) and from the rest of the RAF (for allegedly being thick).

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* The Royal Air Force Regiment - not as well known as the rest of the military, these are an Infantry unit, "affectionately" nicknamed "rock apes" for their deployment in Gibraltar and after the plentiful Barbary Macaques - the place is positively infested with the damn things. They get a lot of stick from the army (for not being a "proper" infantry unit as they seem to spend a lot of time guarding RAF bases) and from the rest of the RAF (for allegedly being thick). They were formed by a very angry Winston Churchill because many RAF bases in World War II were captured by comically small enemy forces because the personnel at these bases had no idea how to fight ground battles.
1st Oct '16 8:21:43 AM Morgenthaler
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Media involving TheUKArmedForces in a major way (we are not counting series where they turn up for a story or two as guests):

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Media involving TheUKArmedForces the UK Armed Forces in a major way (we are not counting series where they turn up for a story or two as guests):
1st Sep '16 12:19:00 PM Morgenthaler
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* They are a playable faction in ''WorldOfTanks'' having thirty five playable tanks in their tech tree. Notable for starting with very specialized vehicle lines that evolve into well-balanced machines as the research progresses. Tend to have better armour than other tanks of their tier in exchange for being slower, particularly for their heavy tanks. Also notable for preferring guns with low damage outputs but good accuracy and very high rates of fire.

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* They are a playable faction in ''WorldOfTanks'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' having thirty five playable tanks in their tech tree. Notable for starting with very specialized vehicle lines that evolve into well-balanced machines as the research progresses. Tend to have better armour than other tanks of their tier in exchange for being slower, particularly for their heavy tanks. Also notable for preferring guns with low damage outputs but good accuracy and very high rates of fire.
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