RAF 100 Flypast

Coverage of the RAF centenary flypast of Buckingham Palace including the F-35B Lightning II.

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BBC Panorama – If The Bomb Drops (1980)

A thoroughly fascinating and horrifying look at the state of British civil defence in 1980 hosted by a strikingly young Jeremy Paxman. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 triggered a new age of fear in the west about the possibility of a nuclear confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union with Europe sandwiched in the middle. This in turn sparked questions about Britain’s preparedness for such an eventuality as well as inspire a new wave of anti-nuclear protests.

Those who have seen the BBC’s Threads docudrama will see a lot of familiar scenes only this time acted out with the people who would have really carried out those roles had war broken out. Threads used both this program and a later program made by the BBC in 1982, QED – A Guide to Armageddon, to formulate its frighteningly realistic script before it aired in 1984.

The documentary makes note of the relatively small amount spent on civil defence compared to the immense sums of money spent on the nuclear deterrence itself. It also makes clear the belief that if the deterrence remains effective then the need for a permanent civil defence force is negated.

For those with an interest in both history and nuclear weapons, this is well produced and must-see program from that troubled time which hopefully has now passed.

News Round-Up – May 28th 2016

Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan (D37) at West India Dock May 2016

Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines.

British Army News

British mechanised infantry to lead EU Battlegroup for first time
(Janes)

British troops’ body armour branded ‘sub-standard’ after ‘soldiers struggle to stand up’
(Express)

British army resumes recruiting in Fiji
(Post Guam)

Plans for an EU army are being kept SECRET from British voters until the day after the referendum
(Mail Online)

Stop £178million aid to the ‘fantastically corrupt’ Afghans who wrongly jailed me, former British Army officer tells Cameron
(Mail Online)

Stolen British Army Rifle ‘Used To Kill Police Chief’
(Forces TV)

Watchdog accuses lawyers over army torture claims
(The Times)

Ministry of Defence slammed for issuing anti-malaria drug to troops despite side effects
(Mirror)


Royal Air Force News

Britain’s RAF conducted over 804 airstrikes in Iraq, Syria – Fallon
(KUNA)

Huge deal to buy [P-8 Poseidon] risks row over defence profits
(Telegraph)

The world’s fastest flat tyre! Dramatic moment £126m RAF Typhoon suffers a double blow out at 200mph
(Mail Online)

RAF Comes Out ‘Top Dog’ Over US Air Force
(Forces TV)

Ascent Flight Training wins £1.1bn MoD contract to supply rotary wing training
(Airforce-technology)

Historic Canberra WK163 jet bomber to be restored to flight
(BBC)


Royal Navy News

Royal Navy’s biggest ship almost ready to set sail
(ITV)

Migrant crisis: UK set to send Royal Navy warship to Libya
(BBC)

Royal Navy ice patrol vessel calls on SA Navy
(Defence Web)


Royal Marines News

Royal Marine ready to go the distance
(Your Defence News)

Gordon Ramsay’s son is planning to shun life in the kitchen for a career as a Royal Marine
(The Sun)

Disclaimer: all news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them.

 

BBC Radio 4 – The Day After The Falklands Were Invaded

A collection of radio broadcastings made by BBC Radio 4 the day after the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentinian forces on April 2nd 1982.

(a) 10 am News Bulletin.
(b) The Week In Westminster with Robert Carvel and John Browne MP, Joch Stallard MP.
(c) Chimes of Big Ben.
(d) 11 am News Bulletin.
(e) Parliament Division whether to extend hours from 2 pm to 5 pm. (Failed)
(f) Speech and Statement by Margaret Thatcher MP, Prime Minister (24 mins).
(g) Speech by Michael Foot MP, Leader of the Opposition. (about 25 mins).
(h) Speech by Edward Du Cann MP (7 mins).

Tribute to Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown RN

This past weekend, British military aviation lost one of its greats with the passing of Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown RN. In what is probably the most extraordinary of military flying careers, Captain Brown flew no less than 487 military aircraft and performed 2,407 carrier landings – a record that remains unsurpassed. Among those landings was the first ever carrier landing by a jet powered aircraft when he put De Havilland Sea Vampire LZ551/G onto the deck of HMS Ocean on December 3rd 1945.

This documentary produced by the BBC outlines his extraordinary careers and life.

HMS Victorious 1996 BBC Documentary

An excellent documentary produced in 1996 chronicling Britain’s nuclear deterrent in the post-Cold War world. Skip forward 20 years later and the need to replace Victorious and her sisters has never before been such a contentious political issue.

Please note: this site is not affiliated with this documentary series.