Defence of the Realm – Worldwide

These are stories that primarily revolve around other countries armed forces but have a British element to it such as using British weapons or even against British forces.


The Biafran Meteor Caper
The incredible true story about the effort to smuggle two Gloster Meteor NF.14 nightfighters to Biafra for use in the Nigerian Civil War.

Rogozarski LVT-1 – The “Hurrischmitt”
What happened when the Yugoslavians put the DB.601 engine from a Messerschmitt Bf.109 in to a Hawker Hurricane.

Soviet Hawker Hurricane Specials
Soviet pilots may not have liked the Hurricane very much but that didn’t stop them from making some interesting modifications.

The Franken-Spitfire
The Germans tested a captured Spitfire V with one of their own engines the powerful DB.605.

Operation: Condor (1966) – Argentina Invades Stanley Racecourse
In 1966 a group of Argentinians hijacked an Argentine airliner and tried to “liberate” the Falklands.

The Irish Walrus Defection
Although the Republic of Ireland was neutral in World War II there were those Irishmen who wanted to fight for the Germans and in 1942 a group of men stole a Supermarine Walrus flying boat to do just that.

The Closest We Ever Came…
What were you doing on Wednesday January 25th 1995 and did you know how close we came to the apocalypse?

Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-35MKI “Flankers” at RAF Coningsby
Collection of images of Indian Air Force Su-30MKIs at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire for Exercise: Indra Dhanush IV in July 2015. 

Bergen-Hohne Roundhouse
Collection of images of the Bergen-Hohne Roundhouse officer’s mess in Lower Saxony, Germany used by the British Army in the 1950s as a training site.

Hind, Hound, Hip & Hare – Russian/Soviet Helicopters
Collection of images of Soviet-era helicopters at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare, UK. 

UH-1 Iroquois, OH-6A Cayuse & Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever
Collection of images of three American manufactured helicopters at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare, UK. 

French warship Aquitane at Leith Harbour, Scotland
Collection of images of the French destroyer Aquitane D650 during its visit to Leith Harbour, Edinburgh in October 2015. During its stay a number of British World War II veterans were invited onboard to receive French honours.

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3 responses to “Defence of the Realm – Worldwide

  1. Threads was banned from schools, because I believe it was too frightening. I remember watching it one night, it was an incredible film and you are right everyone in power should watch it – even now. I wonder how many Other times this has happened and scientific rockets have been misidentified!

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