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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Defence of the Realm – Galleries

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Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton

RAF Museum Cosford

Brooklands Museum, Surrey

East Midlands Aeropark

The Helicopter Museum (Weston)

Haynes International Motor Museum

The Jet Age Museum (Gloucester)

Red Arrows Displays

Fortress Wales 2015

Fortress Wales 2016

Contributors to Defence of the Realm

Andy Laing (please take time to visit his blog Aviation Trails)

Dave Taskis (please take time to visit his blog by clicking here).

Jim Knowles (you can view his Facebook page here)

Misc (Stuff that don’t quite fit anywhere else)

Defence of the Realm – Royal Navy

The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy  was formed under the 1707 Acts of Union when the English Navy absorbed the three-ship Royal Scots Navy in to their flotilla. Operating closely with the Navy are the Royal Marines who are the maritime infantry and with the Navy form the Naval Service of the British armed forces. Perhaps more than any other branch of the armed forces the Royal Navy has been for many centuries the most visible aspect of Britain’s influence operating all over the world defending her empire and interests.

Royal Navy History

Pre-20th Century

World War I

Russian Civil War

World War II

Cold War

Falklands War

’91 Gulf War

UN Peacekeeping

21st Century

Warship Classes

Warship Classifications

Royal Navy Aircraft

Royal Navy Gallery

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