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  British nuclear forces, 2001 | thebulletin.org
While other British subs were being checked for similar reactor problems, anti-submarine warfare assets (frigates, helicopters, and maritime patrol aircraft) were used to guard and survey transit areas around the shallow waters of the Irish Sea.
British SSBN patrols are believed to be coordinated with the operations of French SSBNs.
British SLBMs are thought to carry a variation of the U.S. W76 warhead designed for Trident I C4 and Trident II D-5 missiles, enclosed in a U.S. Mk-4 re-entry vehicle (RV).
www.thebulletin.org /article_nn.php?art_ofn=nd01norris   (1239 words)

 British Forces Battle For Basra
The convoy of British light-armored infantry consisted of 50 to 75 vehicles and 700 troops.
British officials said they had managed to set up base at a former college inside Basra's city limits, but did not yet control the city of 1.3 million.
British and Iraqi forces have been locked in a battle for control of the southern Iraq city since the war began.
www.military.com /NewContent/0,13190,FL_basra_040703,00.html   (849 words)

 British Armed Forces -- Recommendations and Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The armed forces of the United Kingdom are known as the British Armed Forces or Her Majesty's Armed Forces, officially the Armed Forces of the Crown.
United States armed forces is the title of the article about the US military (which ironically is a term that ''is'' commonly used).
Armed forces may be organized as ''standing forces'' (or a regular army), which describes a professional army that is engaged in no other profession than preparing for and engaging in warfare.
www.becomingapediatrician.com /health/23/british-armed-forces.html   (1116 words)

 British Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The British Government's attempt to mollify the Natives by delineating the Appalachians as the westward limit for European settlement was the primary motivator of the American colonies in launching the secessionist American War of Independence.
The British army was heavily involved in the Napoleonic Wars in which the army served from Spain across to Europe to North Africa in the South.
Forces declined considerably after the end of the Cold War, although the lack of accommodation in the UK means forces will continue to be based in Germany.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_army   (3705 words)

 British Empire: Forces: Campaigns: Abyssinia 1868
Letters from Captain Cameron to the British press, and the fact that British women and children were numbered amongst the hostages, meant that the profile of this incident was high in the public imagination.
And all the time the force was hemaroging men as the the commander insured that his supply lines remained open by posting units and guards along the length of the route.
The British soldiers had become noticably less sympathetic to their Abyssinian adversaries on discovering a mass of putrefying corpses who had been forced over a precipice near the fortress.
www.britishempire.co.uk /forces/armycampaigns/africancampaigns/campabyssinia.htm   (1493 words)

 French and British forces, 2000 | thebulletin.org
On February 22 and 23, 1996, President Jacques Chirac announced several reforms of the armed forces to be undertaken between 1997 and 2002.
But with the withdrawal of the last remaining WE177 bombs at the end of March 1998, the Tornadoes' nuclear role was terminated, bringing to an end the four-decade-long history of RAF aircraft carrying nuclear weapons.
With an additional 15 percent for spares, we estimate the total British stockpile to be approximately 185 warheads.
www.thebulletin.org /article_nn.php?art_ofn=so00norris   (1884 words)

 WPI Department of Military Science - British Execution of the Campaign of 1777   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
When the British forces under Fraser began to lose control of the situation, Riedesel assaulted the right flank of the Americans and their leader Colonel Francis was killed.
His main force of 170 dragoons and half of Fraser's 50 marksmen occupied the high ground commanding the terrain of his defenses in the dragoon redoubt, where Baum sent a request for reinforcements and awaited the actions of Stark's forces.
This force of 642 men and two six-pounder cannons departed 8 AM on August 15th, but heavy rains soaked the terrain and the reinforcements were forced to halt that night 17 miles away from Baum's encampment.
www.wpi.edu /Academics/Depts/MilSci/BTSI/abs_exe1777.html   (2825 words)

 british-forces   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
General Slims' forces were well-disposed and organised for a strong defence of the country east of Magwe, but were without air cover, the Japanese air forces having driven the RAF and American Volunteer groups out of Burma.
Of the force which had set out nearly three months before, over 800 were lost, killed or wounded, many of them in the last stages of their March, where the Japanese lay in wait for them.
The failure of successive British offensives in the Arakan, the steamy coastal region from which it was hoped it would be possible to gain access to central Burma, had reinforced the Japanese high command's low opinion of their opponent's abilities as jungle fighters.
www.burmastar.org.uk /british-forces.htm   (7247 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | UK soldiers 'freed from militia'
Two British soldiers whose imprisonment prompted UK troops to storm a Basra police station were later rescued from militia, the Ministry of Defence says.
Two British armoured vehicles earlier sent to the police station were set alight in clashes.
Colonel Tim Collins, a former commander of British troops in Iraq, said Monday's violence did not represent a breakdown of law and order in Basra, which was still a safer city than Baghdad.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/4262336.stm   (822 words)

 BBC News | UK POLITICS | British forces 'stretched to limit'
Peers warned British ambitions on the world stage would have to be reined in because of the burden being place on the armed forces.
The comments come as British military reservists are called up for compulsory active service for the first time since the Suez crisis, 45 years ago.
British troops are stationed in a variety of locations around the globe including Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Brunei, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and Sierra Leone, with military teams or advisers in 25 countries.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/1763026.stm   (660 words)

 British forces start redeployment in Iraq -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
British Army armored vehicles are moved towards Baghdad for redeployment from Basra, Iraq.
A British battle group started the journey northwards early on Wednesday and helicopters flew overhead as the convoy of 50 tanks on transporters headed towards Nassiriyah.
British officials have been vague on the precise destination of the troops but some media reports showed that the Black Watch would be deployed in Iskandariyah, a town that witnesses frequent violence.
www.aljazeera.com /cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=5232   (688 words)

 British Empire: Forces: Campaigns: Afghanistan 1878 - 1880
It was the largest of the three Field Forces that came into action the soonest as the Peshawar Field Force came to the imposing fort of Ali Masjid that overlooked the narrow Khyber Pass at one of its narrowest points.
The British forces were only to pleased to pull out of Afghanistan to avoid the horrendous summer temperatures and to avoid the constant attacks on isolated supply and relief columns.
He advanced his forces out of the Kurram valley towards Kabul, issuing a proclamation to the people of Kabul that he was returning there in order to punish the murderers of the British mission and that anyone found in possession of a weapon would be considered just such a perpetrator.
www.britishempire.co.uk /forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/campafghan1878.htm   (4310 words)

 Armed Forces - a3a1- British Army - Formations - 1 (UK) Armoured Division - British Forces Germany (BFG)
British Forces Germany (BFG) is the composite name given to the British Army, Royal Air Force and supporting civil elements stationed in Germany.
The terms British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and Royal Air Force Germany (RAFG), until recently were the traditional names used to describe the two Service elements of the British Forces stationed in Germany.
It is probable that in the event of hostilities (as was in the case of recent operations in Iraq) considerable numbers of officers and soldiers from the Territorial Army (TA) would be used to reinforce this division.
www.armedforces.co.uk /army/listings/l0008.html   (835 words)

 The Battle of Saratoga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Then, as the British lines began to waver in the face of the deadly fire of the numerically superior Americans, German reinforcements arrived from the river road.
Shaken by his "victory," the British commander ordered his troops to entrench in the vicinity of the Freeman Farm and await support from Clinton, who was supposedly preparing to move north toward Albany from New York City.
That night the British commander left his campfires burning and withdrew his troops behind the Great Redoubt, which protected the high ground and river flats at the northeast corner of the battlefield.
battle1777.saratoga.org /history.html   (898 words)

 British Forces Germany - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The British Forces Germany (BFG) is the successor of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and Royal Air Force Germany (RAFG), which were disbanded in 1994 after the end of the Cold War.
British Forces Germany is now comprised of three main armoured brigades under the control of 1st (UK) Armoured Division, whose HQ is based at Herford near Bielefeld.
The British Forces Liaison Organisation (Germany) is responsible for negotiations and relations with German authorities.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_Forces_Germany   (387 words)

 USATODAY.com - British forces finish final operation in Afghanistan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Despite the British withdrawal, U.S. officers insisted the hunt for Taliban and al-Qaeda was not being scaled back and would not diminish the overall military operation.
On June 23 a British patrol stumbled across a suspicious compound near Khost in the southeast and captured a huge weapons stockpile which officials said may have belonged to al-Qaeda.
British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon, who visited Bagram last week, said the Royal Marines departure from Bagram and a reduction in Britain's contribution to the separate international peacekeeping force in Kabul, did not lessen his government's commitment to Afghanistan or the war against terror.
www.usatoday.com /news/sept11/2002/07/09/british-departure.htm   (766 words)

 USATODAY.com - British forces join hunt for al-Qaeda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Tuesday, the British Royal Marines announced that "several hundred" elite commandos have gone into the rugged mountains near the Pakistani border to hunt for remaining members of al-Qaeda and the deposed Taliban regime.
The deployment marks the first combat role for British forces since the Gulf War in 1991 and the first combat mission for the elite 45 Commando Battalion since the Falklands War against Argentina 20 years ago.
The British Marines are part of a 1,700-strong combat force sent to augment U.S. forces, which include 3,000 members of the 101st Airborne Division.
www.usatoday.com /news/sept11/2002/04/17/british-al-qaeda.htm   (705 words)

 Operation Veritas: British Forces
Details of the British contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul are listed separately.
RAF Tristar and VC-10 tanker aircraft from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire were deployed, and a capability has been retained in theatre to support the continuing operations in the area.
Air-to-air refuelling is invaluable in modern military air operations, since the limiting factor on aircraft range and endurance becomes, to all intents and purposes, only the endurance of the aircrew, allowing aircraft to operate anywhere in the world with great rapidity.
www.operations.mod.uk /veritas/forces.htm   (708 words)

 United Kingdom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
British Commonwealth Forces in Korea Commonwealth troops serving in Korea included British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealander, and South African contingents.
The first British units to arrive at Pusan on 28 August 1950 were the 1st Battalion The Middlesex Regiment and 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders under the 27th British Infantry Brigade.
The 29th British Infantry Brigade Group arrived in September 1950, followed by the 28th Commonwealth Brigade Group in April 1951, which replaced the 27th, and then the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group.
www.korean-war.com /unitedkingdom.html   (223 words)

 Were British Special Forces Soldiers Planting Bombs in Basra?
Reliable evidence also emerged in late 2002 that the British army had been using its double agents in terrorist organizations "to carry out proxy assassinations for the British state"—most notoriously in the case of Belfast solicitor and human rights activist Pat Finucane, who was murdered in 1989 by the Protestant Ulster Defence Association.
Spokesmen for the American and British occupation of Iraq, together with newspapers like the Daily Telegraph, have of course rejected with indignation any suggestion that their forces could have been involved in false-flag terrorist operations in Iraq.
The arrest—and the urgent liberation—of the two undercover British soldiers in Iraq might in a similar manner be interpreted as casting a retrospective light on previously unsubstantiated claims about the involvement of members of the occupying armies in terrorist bombing attacks on civilians.
www.infowars.com /articles/iraq/basra_british_special_forces_planting_bombs.htm   (2320 words)

 British forces shield civilians fleeing Basra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
British troops tried to insert themselves between Iraqi paramilitary forces firing mortars and machine guns and citizens of Basra who were trying to flee the city on Friday.
British military officials said as many as 1,000 people tried to escape the besieged city, coming out to the north and west when Iraqi paramilitary forces tried to cut them off with bullets.
British officials believe about 1,000 irregular forces, fiercely loyal to Saddam Hussein, are in the city with regular troops.
www.cbc.ca /stories/2003/03/28/iraq_basra030328   (1274 words)

 British Armed Forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Important conflicts in which the British took part include the Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars of the 18th Century/early 19th Century, the Crimean War of the mid 19th Century, and the First and Second World Wars of the 20th Century.
The British Empire, which reached its apogee in the 1920s, was the largest empire in history; a quarter of the world's population were subjects of the British Crown and it controlled a quarter of the world's total land area.
The British Army had a reported strength of 107,700 in April 2006 and at this time 9.0% of the regular Armed Forces were women.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_Armed_Forces   (665 words)

 "Thatcher and The British Armed Forces"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Moreover, though the Armed Forces pledge allegiance to the Monarch, the Gender of the Monarch has been irrelevant since a male dominated Cabinet Government has in practise been the civil authority for the allocation of resources and decision to deploy forces since 1648.
In British civil-military relations, a civil Government which commands a large majority in the House of Commons is by-and-large answerable but not immediately swayable by either political or public opinion or armed forces desires in any issue other than that which endangers the populaces daily style of life.
She shall be remembered by the armed forces not for her policies on gender but for her elected role as First Lord of the Treasury – The House of Commons major role is the approval of the budget and the financial well being of the state.
www.isanet.org /noarchive/segell.html   (4613 words)

 Press Releases: Iraq, Basra: British forces fail to provide security
In a 23-page report released today, "Basra: Crime and Insecurity Under British Occupation," Human Right Watch charged that U.S. and British authorities failed to plan for or provide adequate forces to carry out their international legal obligation as the occupying power.
Journalists entering the city in early April in the wake of British forces reported thousands of looters carrying on their activity in plain view of British troops.
British officers responsible for police forces in Basra told Human Rights Watch they lacked sufficient troops and international support to provide security for Basra's 1.5 million people.
www.reliefweb.int /w/rwb.nsf/480fa8736b88bbc3c12564f6004c8ad5/6473e5b803d83b8649256d3a0017b704?OpenDocument   (534 words)

 Pravda.RU British Special Forces Enter Basra
According to information released by different Arab TV stations, the US-British coalition forces are currently in control of the airport Saddam, just 20 km away from the center of the Iraqi capital.
A US special forces unit specializing in freeing captured troops has discovered the bodies of nine coalition soldiers in the central hospital in Nasiriyah, according to a report by Arab TV station al-Arabia.
On Tuesday, American and British aircraft bombed a residential district in the city of Hill in the Babil province approximately 100 km south of Baghdad.
newsfromrussia.com /war/2003/04/04/45628.html   (2192 words)

 Scotsman.com News - British armed forces   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
MORE than 60 per cent of voters want British troops out of Iraq as soon as possible, according to...
British troops pulled out of a troubled part of Helmand province in Afghanistan yesterday after...
BRITISH soldiers have been pulled out of part of Afghanistan overnight, the Ministry of Defence...
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=1034   (481 words)

 kyw.com - British Forces Kill Leading Terrorist
Omar al-Farouq was gunned down after he opened fire on British forces during a raid on his home in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, British forces spokesman Maj. Charlie Burbridge said.
But a Basra police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said it was the same man. The officer said al-Farouq entered Iraq three months ago, was known to be an expert in bomb making and went by the name Mahmoud Ahmed while in Basra.
British soldier with weapon keeps lookout at British Army base in Amarah, southern Iraq.
cbs3.com /topstories/topstories_story_268212233.html   (965 words)

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