News Round-Up – December 12th 2017

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


General Defence News

Armed Forces face ‘completely unacceptable’ delay to pay rise
(Telegraph)

Theresa May orders ministers to cool public dispute over defence
(The Guardian)

Qatar Goes Ahead With $6.7 Billion Typhoon Combat Jets Deal With UK’s BAE Systems
(U.S. News & World Report)

The F-35 could intercept a North Korean missile launch — but it could bring an all-out war
(AOL)

Forces children’s charity which scooped a Sun Millie faces closure after Government denies funding
(The Sun)

‘Prepare for invasion’ Ex-MoD UFO chief drafts WAR PLAN for future ALIEN assault
(Express)

EU Army to be formed by 2025 – but France and Germany CLASH over defence plans
(Express)


British Army News

Can you find the camouflaged soldier hidden in this viral photo?
(Atlanta Journal)

Indian & British Army flex muscles in joint anti-terrorism exercise
(India Today)

Tank Driving Trainers To Strike
(Forces Network)

Royal Office minister meets top British military official
(Times of Oman)

New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online
(The Register)


Royal Air Force News

Corrie McKeague: Mother of missing RAF serviceman ‘now knows’ her son is not in landfill
(ITV News)

Member of Brunei royal family was on RAF training course in Shropshire
(Shropshire Star)

RAF Typhoons Return To Fly Sorties Over Estonia
(Forces Network)

Youngster donates his Christmas money to help Bournemouth veteran after RAF plea
(Bournemouth Echo)

How Sly;RAF Tornado crews repeatedly killed US Navy F-14s and F/A-18s in training
(The Drive)


Royal Navy & Marines News

The Queen commissions the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth (Telegraph)

MoD confirms it is in talks with Brazil over sale of Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean
(Plymouth Herald)

Head of the Royal Navy will fight for our Royal Marines ‘every step of the way’
(Plymouth Herald)

Plymouth could lose 1400 sailors and submariners as Devonport fleet comes under attack
(Plymouth Herald)

I was invited on the Royal Navy’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier — here’s what it was like
(Business Insider)

Dockyard union calls on Royal Navy work for Rosyth to stave off job cuts
(The Courier)

Ex-RN helicopter in Irish service to be named after crewmember lost in accident
(Irish Examiner)

Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.

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December 10th 1899 – “Black Week” in South Africa

The Second Anglo-Boer War (sometimes referenced simply as the Boer War in the UK although there was an earlier conflict fought between 1880 and 1881) was fought between the British Empire in Africa and the Boers, a combined force from the South African Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State. The Boer Republics declared war on Britain on October 11th 1899 after years of escalation and fears of Britain attempting to annex their territories for their gold and diamond deposits. The war would last until May 31st 1902 with a British victory and the absorption of their defeated foe’s lands in to the British Empire.

In 1899, Britain was overconfident regarding the state of her imperial security in the south African region and as such was woefully under-prepared for when the Boers struck. The Boer forces moved through much of the sparsely defended countryside while laying siege to the fortified British positions in towns like Kimberley and Ladysmith.

Then in one disastrous week beginning on December 10th 1899, the British Army suffered three devastating defeats by the forces of the Boer Republics. This week would become known as “Black Week”. The first came at Stormberg where Sir William Gatacre’s exhausted forces were beaten after undertaking a night march through heavy rain.

Second 2nd Anglo Boer War South Africa Black Week 1899 1902The next day on December 11th, an expedition under Lord Methuen that had been attempting to relieve the besieged town of Kimberley was also defeated by Boer forces at Magersfontein. Among the 1,000 British casualties at Magersfontein was Major-General Andrew Gilbert Wauchope CB CMG whose loss exacerbated the sense of disaster regarding the battle in Africa and back home.

On the following Friday, Commander-in-Chief of British forces in South Africa General Sir Redvers Henry Buller VC GCB GCMG was defeated attempting to relieve the town of Ladysmith. The battle at Colenso cost over 1,000 British casualties and forced Redvers in to retreat. This defeat brought an end to the “Black Week” and proved a wake-up call to the British who began a massive build-up of reinforcements.

There were several factors that led to these disasters. Firstly, the British forces in Africa were used to fighting rebel tribesmen armed with spears rather than a well disciplined force armed with equivalent weapons to themselves. The British also struggled to organise themselves effectively beyond the immediate battlefield which meant opportunities to take advantage of weaknesses in the Boer lines were missed. Finally, the Boers were fighting in territory they had grown up in whereas much of the British force consisted of troops brought in from across the Empire such as Australia and New Zealand as well as Britain itself.

All these lessons would be learned and through 1900 and 1901 the Boers would be beaten back until their final defeat in 1902.

News Round-Up – November 27th 2017

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


General Defence News

UK government set to compromise over defence cuts after Tory revolt
(The Guardian)

As pressures mount over the funding of UK defence, has a ‘fog of war’ descended over the arms industry?
(Telegraph)

Theresa May To Reaffirm UK’s Commitment To European Security Amid Fresh Brexit Talks
(Forces Network)

F-35 fighter jet production ‘provided massive boost to UK economy’
(BT.com)

‘WW2’ shell handed in to Exeter police
(BBC News)

Morgan Sindall Wins GBP250 Million Contract From UK Defence Ministry
(Interactive Investor)

‘We keep searching’ for Argentine sub after ‘explosion’ report, navy says
(fox6now)

Thorntons Christmas ad passes on the love to armed forces charity
(The Drum)


British Army News

Joint exercise of Indo-UK armies to be held in Bikaner
(Times of India)

Family of men killed by SAS in Afghanistan given £3364 by British Government
(The Independent)

New Technology Recovers Fingerprints From IEDs And Fired Ammunition
(Forces Network)

James Corry: IRA bomber ‘released from German jail after four days’
(The Irish News)

British Army explores augmented reality
(Shephard Media)

The War On Poaching: British Forces On The Front Line
(Forces Network)


Royal Air Force News

RAF base continues preparations for fighter jet arrival
(ITV News)

The Spitfire that time couldn’t bury
(Yorkshire Post)

‘Keep Windscreens Clean To Prevent Collisions’, Fighter Pilots Advised
(Forces Network)

Firefighting museum vehicles moved out of RAF Scampton
(BBC News)

RAF Benevolent Fund create digital storytelling experience for supporters
(UK Fundraising)

RAF Atlas takes over in Middle East
(IHS Jane’s 360)

RAF Recruits Gear Up for 100th Anniversary
(Forces Network)

UK aims to certify P-8 by early 2019
(IHS Jane’s 360)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy sailors perform Changing of the Guard in historic first
(Telegraph)

Royal Navy ship HMS Diamond ‘breaks down’ in Gulf
(BBC News)

Call to save HMS Repulse before WWII resting place of 500 Royal Navy crewmen is destroyed by Java Sea looters
(Telegraph)

Royal Navy frigates at Portsmouth and Devonport reorganised
(BBC News)

Kernel of truth: Life-sized nutcrackers reveal key moments in naval history
(Shropshire Star)

British Royal Navy’s HMS Albion training exercise continues
(Naval Technology)

Centenary of Women’s Royal Naval Service marked at Ulster Museum
(Belfast Newsletter)

BAE Systems awarded £18m Royal Navy contract
(Insider Media)


Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.

News Round-Up – November 20th 2017

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


General Defence News

Britain’s new military BFF (Best Friend France)
(POLITICO.eu)

MoD Figures Show British Armed Forces Falling In Strength
(Forces Network)

Former Defence Ministers Call For More Cash To Be Pumped Into The Armed Forces
(Forces Network)

Putin Wants to Rebuild Soviet Union, Former Head of British Army Warns
(Newsweek)

Fightback over defence cuts as political choices jeopardise our nation’s security
(Mirror)

£2500 Ministry of Defence grant pays for therapy garden at primary school
(Schools Week)

Jet engine inventor’s son visits Wright-Patterson
(Dayton Daily News)

Royal Navy And British Army Unite For Drill Practice
(Forces Network)


British Army News

Tanks here to stay say army on Battle of Cambrai’s 100-year anniversary
(Times & Star)

The Battle of Cambrai: ‘We had a sense of victory for the first time’
(BBC News)

Is the British Army on the Verge of Developing Super Ammo?
(The National Interest Online)

British military dog receives highest honor for valor
(KOMO News)

Goodbye Comfort Zone: Teenagers Get Taste Of Army Life
(Forces Network)

British Invasion! Royal Army sending more troops to train at Ft Polk
(KALB News)

Francis Rowntree killing ‘not justified’ – coroner
(BBC News)

Joseph Parker inquest: New witness ‘saw soldier shoot at man’
(BBC News)


Royal Air Force News

David Davis demanded the RAF fly him to Brexit negotiations
(Business Insider Nordic)

New Air Training Corps members recite the ‘cadets promise’
(Lynn News)

RAF Shawbury officer awarded flight safety award for drone awareness campaign
(Shropshire Star)

Babcock seals the deal for £160m worth of contracts with the Royal Air Force
(City A.M.)

UK RAF Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen John Hillier calls on ACM Dhanoa
(City Today)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Crack Royal Navy squad sent in to save missing Argentina submarine crew from beneath the waves
(The Sun)

Ex-Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown warns Royal Marines could ‘disappear in six years
(Mirror)

Queen to commission Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth on 7 December
(Naval Technology)

Royal Navy sailors set for a historic first as they guard the Queen
(The Portsmouth News)

Trident submarine plans facing a ‘perfect storm’ of problems, says MoD report
(Herald Scotland)

Royal Navy divers destroy wartime bomb found 60m from North Sea gas pipe
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

Royal Navy commanders to use drones to track Russian ships near British waters
(Express)

Royal Navy rescues solo yachtsman stricken in rough seas in Bay of Biscay
(Sky News)


Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.

News Round-Up – November 13th 2017

Prince charles remembrance service 2017

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


General Defence News

Prince Charles steps in to lay wreath as Queen observes
(Metro)

Prince Harry breaks military rules while at Remembrance Day parade by having a beard
(Mirror)

UK military ‘must evolve to match threats we face’, says Armed Forces chief
(Sky News)

Defence Secretary: “We Must Never, Ever Flinch In The Face Of Aggression”
(Forces Network)

Britain will lose NATO clout if defence cuts continue, warns top US general
(Telegraph)

A European Army is not happening, Ministry of Defence claims
(Blasting News)

Australian, British Forces Help Vietnamese People’s Army Prepare for South Sudan
(Sputnik International)

Far-Right groups are trying to hijack British symbols and institutions for their own warped ideals
(Telegraph)

Troops on tax credits as civilian staff get more than £7m in bonuses this year
(Daily Star)


British Army News

British Army’s Kenya training threatened by land row
(Telegraph)

UK tanks to receive ‘state of the art upgrades’ in MAJOR £1.4billion restoration programme
(Express)

Serving soldier Semesa Rokoduguni dedicates try to his Army colleagues
(The Independent)

Landmark documentary to reveal Britain’s “forgotten” Chinese army in WWI
(Xinhua)

Army officers tell of helping London Bridge attack wounded
(Forces Network)

Reclaiming Remembrance: ‘I thought it was a white event’
(BBC News)

Top republican Copeland seeks new probe into father’s killing by Army
(Belfast Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

Britain to send RAF Typhoon jets to Vladimir Putin’s doorstep as NATO vows to boost military might
(The Sun)

Devastating RAF air strike on ISIS underground lair kills dozens of jihadists as they try to flee
(Mirror)

Fighting ISIS: On the Ramp at Al Udeid Air Base
(Aviation Week)

Fresh appeal launched on 50th anniversary of RAF Halton servicewoman Rita Ellis’ brutal murder
(Bucks Free Press)

Girlfriend of missing RAF man Corrie McKeague girlfriend posts heartfelt Remembrance Day tribute
(Scottish Daily Record)

I don’t bear my Iraqi captors ill will, says Gulf War RAF hero
(Evening Standard)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Plymouth Royal Marine dies aboard Royal Navy ship
(BBC News)

Britain ‘to halve’ its minehunter presence in the Gulf
(The National)

Bomb squad storms one of Britain’s main Royal Navy bases
(Mirror)

Sex, Drugs And SSBNs
(Strategy Page)

Royal Navy EOD Divers Disable WWII “Pipe Bomb”
(The Maritime Executive)

UK Royal Navy to install NAVICS integrated communications systems
(Military Embedded Systems)

Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.

News Round-Up – November 3rd 2017

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


General Defence News

PM names Williamson as UK Defense Secretary after Fallon quits
(Bloomberg)

Former head of the British Army claims Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation is a ‘tragedy for defence’
(Telegraph)

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash
(The Register)

Is the UK naval shipbuilding industry ready for a ‘renaissance’?
(Naval Technology)

Sinn Fein and DUP in Belfast City Hall clash over ‘glorifying of terrorism’
(Belfast Telegraph)

CAE to provide aircrew training services for British RAF and Royal Navy
(Airforce Technology)

UK’s new powerful stealth fighter will ‘quieten critics very quickly,’ warns test pilot
(Express)

UK MoD outlines new S&T strategy
(IHS Jane’s 360)


British Army News

SAS recruitment deaths: Two soldiers charged with negligence after three recruits died during Brecon Beacon exercise
(The Independent)

Tory MP blames ‘nationalist-leaning individuals’ for Army Troubles probes
(Belfast Newsletter)

Royal Welsh begin serving in Estonia as part of NATO battle group
(ERR News)

Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war
(Phys.Org)

Labour accuses government of ‘litany of broken promises’ over Army pay
(Forces Network)

Scottish independence scaring off people from joining regiments north of the border, says former armed forces minister
(Herald Scotland)

New report calls for probe into UK role in Operation Blue Star
(Economic Times)

Leaving the Army was like losing the love of my life
(Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

Immigrant stowaways hitch ride on RAF coach and end up on Reaper drone base
(Telegraph)

RAF pay tribute to “special” airman at Brierfield mosque
(Burnley Express)

Meet the new Red Arrows pilots
(Forces Network)

See behind the scenes at RAF Cosford conservation centre where planes are restored 
(Shropshire Star)

Air force chief praises RAF for humanitarian efforts in Caribbean
(Oxford Mail)

Charity partner sought for RAF-themed Lincoln Fashion Week
(The Lincolnite)

RAF Phantom “Black Mike’ moves to RAF Cosford
(Warbirds News)


Royal Navy & Marines News

British Royal Navy’s future HMS Queen Elizabeth begins next set of sea trials
(Naval Technology)

MoD dismisses reports of cuts to Royal Marines
(Forces Network)

New Defence Secretary under pressure to reveal truth over ‘superbase’ plans for Plymouth
(Plymouth Herald)

The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks
(The Guardian)

Patrol ships will make Britain safer
(The News/Portsmouth)

Call for welfare review after sub drugs scandal
(Helensburgh Advertiser)

Second-hand parts help keep Britain’s Royal Navy warships in operation
(Xinhua)

Why brave Plymouth Royal Marine blown up in Afghanistan feels human again
(The Herald)


Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.

News Round-Up – October 24th 2017

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


General Defence News

UK must boost defence budget to ensure armed forces can protect ‘homeland’ against Russia
(Telegraph)

Fury as Iraq and Afghan veterans not honoured as conflict not deemed war
(Express)

Ministry of Defence spent £800million fighting Isis in three years
(Metro)

Defence Secretary says Clyde shipyard’s have ‘certainty’
(BBC News)

Ministry Of Defence Staff Sacked Over Expenses Fraud
(Forces Network)

Watchdog has 111 pricing queries on UK defence deals
(Financial Times)

Book published to remember the Real Enigma hero from the Scottish Borders
(Border Telegraph)

Bigger payout for Afghan interpreters
(The Times)

Pak Army team strikes gold in Exercise Cambrian Patrol in UK
(Daily Pakistan)


British Army News

Plans to sell the Household Cavalry’s Hyde Park base to build luxury flats are axed
(Daily Mail)

Army insists it has not relaxed drug rules
(The Independent)

British Army’s advertising bill for recruitment rockets as manpower continues to fall
(Mirror)

UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Army explosive experts called to Sellafield nuclear plant
(The Independent)

British Army to Auction White Helmet Bikes
(RideApart)

Life In The Parachute Regiment: Ready For Anything
(Forces Network)

207 Manchester Field Hospital given Freedom of the Borough by Bury Council
(Bury Times)

Family Of Murdered Soldier Awarded 60 Years After His Death
(Forces Network)


Royal Air Force News

RAF recruits cyber experts to probe planes’ weaknesses
(Telegraph)

Rumor of a British Bomber Crash In a Detroit Neighborhood Haunts a Listener
(WDET)

Flight medics receive pilot training
(AirMed and Rescue Magazine)

Landfill search starts again for body of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague
(Metro)

Trains forced to slow down near RAF Valley
(Daily Post North Wales)

MoD To Invest 90-Million In RAF Training Centre
(Forces Network)

RAF squadron prepares to march through Oakham to mark its 90th anniversary
(Leicester Mercury)

RAF wife walks along the Great Wall of China for RAF Benevolent Fund
(LincolnshireLive)


Royal Navy & Marines News

UK to transfer ownership of Franklin shipwrecks to Canada
(Toronto Star)

Britain’s shortest servicewoman just bagged Royal Navy’s most dangerous job
(Metro)

Royal Marines Smash Speed March World Record
(Forces Network)

BAE and Cammell Laird to bid for UK’s £1.25bn Type 31e frigate programme
(Naval Technology)

These eerie pictures of Royal Marine Commandos training at Pentewan Sands will show you the forces in a different light
(Cornwall Live)

HMS Dragon will arrive on the Rock today
(Gibraltar Chronicle)

Engineering the future of rail and sea with Bond of Friendship between the Royal Navy and Darlington loco trust
(The Northern Echo)

Queen set to visit HMS Sutherland in celebration of ship’s 20th anniversary
(Express)

Trafalgar Day ceremony marks 212 years since death of navy hero Admiral Lord Nelson
(The News)

Ex-WRNS member reflects on her time in what is a centenary year
(Northumberland Gazette)


Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.