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  • The British Army’s ‘This is Belonging’ Videos are a Bloody Shambles

    01/16/2018 11:13:15 PM PST · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 16, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The sun has indeed set on the British Empire. The British Army of the Light Brigade, the Tommies of the Great War, the Desert Rats in North Africa, the Red Devils at Arnhem, the 2nd PARA in the Falklands, and the famed SAS from Benghazi to Northern Ireland to Afghanistan, is disappearing faster than a DACA deal on Dick Durbin’s desk. Like the US Army, the British Army has been invaded by social justice warriors and liberal clowns who think that diversity is a combat multiplier and sensitivity is the king of battle. The British Army Smoke and Mirrors, PAO...
  • New Urban Camo Won’t Save British Tanks

    08/29/2017 7:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 28, 2017 | David Axe
    <p>The British Army has painted some of its Challenger 2 tanks in a new camouflage scheme that planners hope will help the 62-ton machines hide on city streets. But the government has withheld other, more important enhancements.</p> <p>The tanks’ blocky, white, gray and brown scheme is actually a throwback to the Cold War, when British tankers prepared to defend West Berlin from the Soviets.</p>
  • The British Army Secretly Sent Israeli Missiles in Iraq and Afghanistan

    11/10/2016 8:48:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 10, 2016 | SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN
    In 2011, the second episode of the BBC documentary series Bomb Squad showed a missile strike obliterating a team of Taliban fighters laying improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Afterwards, the film crew captured bomb disposal specialists discussing on the situation. “They got hit by an Exactor missile, I think, or Extractor missile?” one British soldier tells his comrades. “So there’s bits of Taliban spread liberally all over the area currently.” Curiously, at the time, the British military did not have an “Exactor” or “Extractor” missile officially in service. The BBC had caught a glimpse of a secret weapon. The United...
  • British Army Challenger Tank Upgrade Elicits Strong Response

    08/12/2016 7:49:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Forecast International ^ | August 11, 2016
    LONDON --- An initial assessment phase portion for the British Army Challenger main battle tank upgrade program has elicited response from multiple bidders. The British Army's fleet of 227 Challenger tanks are to be upgraded under a program expected to reach £624 million ($816 million). Under the latest U.K. Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) published in November 2015, the Conservative government opted to extend the service life of the British Army's Challenger II main battle tank - which began entering service in 1998 - out by 10 years to 2035. With the deadline for submitting industry proposals to the...
  • 'Make her gay' soldier jailed for sexually assaulting female colleague

    03/19/2016 10:53:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:20PM GMT 18 Mar 2016 | (Agency)
    A female soldier was jailed on Friday for seven years and dismissed in disgrace from the army for sexually assaulting a female colleague after telling her she would “make her gay”. Lance Corporal Hannah Heslop, 25, was told she “failed in her duty of care” after she sexually assaulted the woman when she had fallen asleep in her bed following a night out. The court heard bisexual Heslop was “clearly attracted” to the heterosexual woman, who cannot be named, and when she accompanied the victim home had “hoped for sexual activity”. …
  • Leading The Charge: Twice As Many Horses As Tanks In British Army

    07/17/2015 5:14:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies ^ | 2015-07-13
    Amid ongoing changes to the British Army under the banner of austerity, the bemusing statistic of four legged firepower outweighing the heavy metal variety persists. Recently, the Conservative Defence Minister Lord Astor admitted: “The Army currently has 485 horses, serving in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Division and at the Defence Animal Centre." The last time horses were used in a combat role by the British Army was World War I, when a million were sent to the frontline and only about 62,000 survived. During World War II, General Orde Wingate and...
  • British troops set to head for war-torn Ukraine

    09/02/2014 12:31:59 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, September 2, 2014 | Express
    A platoon of about 30 men may take part in an annual US-Ukraine exercise involving hundreds of troops around Lviv near the Polish border. Reserves minister Julian ­Brazier made the announcement while visiting a 120-strong group from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment taking part in a Nato exercise in Poland. It is one of a series of exercises in eastern Europe designed to reassure Nato member states and to deter Russian aggression.
  • Soldiers secretly join pacifist group that forbids bearing arms in remarkable breach of military law

    06/01/2014 2:19:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:20 EST, 31 May 2014 | Mark Nicol
    Serving members of Britain’s Armed Forces have secretly joined a pacifist organization directly opposed to war and the carrying of weapons, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a remarkable breach of military law, members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have joined Veterans For Peace UK, which campaigns against armed conflict. It also campaigns to stop the UK Government “intervening in the internal affairs of other nations”, and has organized protests at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day as well as visits to schools to teach pupils the “true nature” of armed conflict. Last night, there were...
  • Two Marine generals lose their jobs over deadly Taliban attack

    10/01/2013 9:18:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | 9/30/13 | Barbara Starr
    In an action unprecedented during 12 years of war in Afghanistan, the commandant of the Marine Corps is firing two top generals for failing to protect troops and their base in southern Afghanistan from a Taliban attack. Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, has agreed to a finding that Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant "did not take adequate force protection measures" at Camp Bastion last year, the service said on Monday. On September 14-15, 2012, Taliban fighters got through an unguarded part of a fence and engaged in a long running gun battle with U.S....
  • Allowing British soldiers to sue could put troops at even greater risk

    06/24/2013 6:23:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:37PM BST 20 Jun 2013 | Dominic Raab
    Far from protecting British troops, this week’s novel ruling by the Supreme Court—stretching the Human Rights Act (HRA) to allow soldiers to sue the Government over decisions on equipment, training and operations—will endanger our forces and undermine democratic accountability. The claims followed casualties in Iraq after a “friendly fire” incident between two Challenger tanks, and when a Snatch Land Rover patrol hit roadside bombs. The Ministry of Defense was accused of negligence in equipping the tanks and jeeps, training the servicemen and operational decision-making. In an unprecedented judgment, the court abandoned the bar to negligence claims against the MoD in...
  • [British] Army chief: We won’t win wars if we are cut again

    06/13/2013 9:22:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:53PM BST 13 Jun 2013 | Ben Farmer
    Forcing more spending cuts on the military would be dangerous and disruptive and would damage the country’s ability to win wars, the head of the Army warns. Gen. Sir Peter Wall warned that further savings would place the Army’s future plans in jeopardy and seriously damage its “professional competence” in some areas. … George Osborne, the Chancellor, has said he wants to find £11.5 billion ($18.1 billion) of savings from Whitehall departments, and the Ministry of Defense is expected to be hit hard. The Army is already being reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 personnel after the defense budget was cut in...
  • British Army shutting down for 3+ weeks

    12/03/2012 12:58:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2012 | Steve Nolan
    The Army has been ordered to take a 25-day Christmas holiday to try to cut its electricity and gas bills. All 110,000 military and civilian personnel must take ‘block leave’ from December 14 until January 7, a leaked memo from a senior officer said. The decision, communicated by Major General David Cullen, means all barracks, Territorial Army buildings and other military sites will be closed for almost a month. General Cullen, the chief of staff for land forces, said it was an ‘opportunity for utility savings’. He added that the measure aimed to ‘fully exploit the utility efficiencies available by...

    11/26/2012 5:08:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Express ^ | 11-26-12 | David Heyhoe
    ARMS and explosives search dog Treo has saved countless lives in Afghanistan. His handler David Heyhoe tells his story. SETTING off into the dawn sunlight, Treo and I are out front doing the lonely walk. We dog handlers say that emotions run up leash and down again. We had just lost our first soldier - killed by a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) - and Treo could sense that I wanted payback. Treo was hyper-alert and raring to go. It was a good thing. We'd been out for several days now and the Taliban would know the paths we'd use...
  • A Bayonet Charge In Afghanistan

    09/28/2012 12:31:29 PM PDT · by sussex · 16 replies
    Shropshire Star ^ | 28/09/12 | Staff Reporter
    An heroic soldier from Shropshire, who led a bayonet charge over 90 yards of open ground in Afghanistan under a hail of enemy fire, was today awarded the Military Cross for his bravery.
  • British Army will have to rely on civilian drivers, reserves and foreign armies

    05/22/2012 9:33:49 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 19, 2012 | Thomas Harding
    In the most significant reforms the Army in half-a-century, The Daily Telegraph has learnt that as few as five infantry battalions totalling 2,500 soldiers will be cut but a further 17,500 jobs will go mainly from logistics troops, engineers and artillery. Military commanders have condemned the move as creating an “unbalanced Army” that will be reliant on a “Tesco’s just in time” supply tactic for campaigns. The reforms have been forced on the Army after it was forced to reduce from 102,000 to 82,000 under defence cuts. For the last three decades the Army has put an increasing emphasis on...
  • Unarmed British Soldier Captures Taliban Commander

    04/16/2011 4:56:57 PM PDT · by Stoat · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2011 | NEWSCORE
    (edit) Private Stephens said that he "goose necked" the man, grabbing him around the neck and dragging him towards his vehicle."I jumped out off the wagon and I grabbed the geezer," Private Stephens said. "It was one left, two right fists. That was it. No weapons, just my hands."The captured man turned out to be a bomb maker and the highest ranking Taliban captured by regular British forces.Fellow soldier, Lieutenant Martyn Fulford, said, "It tied in to our intelligence reports that there were a number of suicide bombers preparing to attack us."When the motorcyclist came within 100 feet, a barrage of...
  • Lesbian Army captain sent home from Afghanistan for behaving like a 'lovestruck teenager,'

    03/03/2011 10:06:05 AM PST · by robowombat · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 9:32 PM on 2nd March 2011 | By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A lesbian Army captain sent home from Afghanistan after she was accused of an 'inappropriate relationship' with a sergeant was behaving like a 'love struck teenager' and undermining operations, a tribunal heard today. Karen Tait, 29, who is claiming sexual discrimination against the Ministry of Defence and her commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Deborah Poneskis, upset the chain of command with her 'sly and underhand' behaviour, the employment tribunal in central London heard. Claims: Captain Karen Tait at the tribunal. She says her commanding officer objected to her sexuality Cpt Tait, an operations officer with the Royal Military Police, was sent...
  • Troops in Afghanistan Get New Lightweight Rifle Magazines

    01/20/2011 9:03:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    UK Ministry of Defence ^ | 1/20/2011 | ASDN news
    More than 100,000 new state-of-the-art lightweight SA80 rifle magazines have arrived in Afghanistan to be used by troops fighting on the front line. The 30-round Magpul EMAG magazine is around half the weight of a standard metal magazine and helps reduce the weight that soldiers have to carry in their kit. Made from a polymer, the EMAG weighs 130g compared to its metal equivalent of 249g. Troops carry up to 12 magazines, so this change means each carries around one kilogramme less weight in total than before. Although it is lighter than others, the EMAG is robust; it's durability is...
  • Smaller Bullet Gets The Longer Shot

    05/23/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,847+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/17/2010 | James Dinnigan
    It was recently revealed that, last November, a British sniper (corporal Craig Harrison) set a new distance record when he killed two Taliban in Afghanistan, at a range of 2,620 meters (8,596 feet). He did this with a L115A3 rifle firing the 8.6mm Lapua Magnum round. The previous record was held by a Canadian soldier, corporal Rob Furlong, who dropped an al Qaeda gunman at 2,573 meters (7,972 feet) in 2002, also in Afghanistan. Furlong, however, was using a 12.7mm (.50 caliber) rifle. These weapons are good at 2,000 meters or more, but weigh twice as much as the 6.8...
  • Three quarters of Army's Apache attack helicopters not serviceable

    05/02/2010 8:21:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 523+ views ^ | 5/02/2010 | Sean Rayment
    Of the 67 in service, just 18 – or 27 per cent – are available for front line operations in Afghanistan or for training pilots in the United Kingdom. Across all the aircraft types, less than half of Britain's military helicopters are available for operations, with 62 per cent (322 out of a total of 522) out of service. Ministry of Defence figures obtained by the Conservative Party also show that only 44 per cent of the RAF's Chinook helicopters, 35 per cent of Merlins and 43 per cent of the Royal Navy's Sea Kings are available for service in...