BAC Jet Provost T.3A XN586/91 at Brooklands Museum

A collection of pictures of Jet Provost T.3A XN586 (91) on display at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

All photos were taken on April 5th 2016
Photos: Tony Wilkins

This Jet Provost was built in 1961 and was delivered to the RAF in May of that year. It served at RAF Cranwell through the first half of the 1960s before being bounced back and fore various training units until its flying career came to an end in 1990 and was then used as a ground instructional airframe at RAF Cosford. It was sold to Global Aviation in 1993 before being used by Brooklands College again as a ground instructional airframe. In 2014 it went on display at the Brooklands Museum.

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Defence of the Realm Site Trailer 2016

Those of you who follow Defence of the Realm on Instagram will know I have been working on a new channel trailer for the site to be put up on YouTube. It is brief but it says all that needs to be said. The video has now replaced the old trailer on the home page.

I know I have left the YouTube channel in limbo for a while now but I will be returning to it very soon.

Hope you enjoy.

News Round-Up – March 8th 2016

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

The Royal Navy ship being sent to tackle smuggling gangs
(ITV News)

Heli-Expo 2016: Crews prepare for Falklands SAR
(Shephard Media)

Royal Navy ship HMS Enterprise rescues 100 migrants from the Mediterranean
(The Mirror)

Trident safety blunders exposed 20 workers to radiation, says MoD
(The Ferret)

RAF planes in low altitude near miss with spinning paraglider over Ingleborough
(Craven Herald)

Factory where Army’s new Welsh Ajax armoured vehicles will be built officially opens
(South Wales Evening Post)

British MoD Negotiate Schedules for New Ships
(Defense News)

RAF Odiham helicopter crash inquest into death of servicemen in Afghanistan begins
(Get Hampshire)

He fought for the British Army in Helmand and Basra so why has this Scottish soldier been left destitute?
(Evening Times)

Outrage as IRA bomber is set to be handed state-funded armed services pension
(Daily Express)


Russia to deploy sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Mediterranean
(Daily Sabah)

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

News Round-Up – February 10th 2016

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

RAF flying Libyan missions in preparation for helping unity government
(The Guardian)

Britain to send five Royal Navy warships to join Nato’s maritime arm in response to Russian threat
(The Independent)

Royal Navy’s state-of-the-art warships have suffered 5,000 faults in less than five years
(Daily Express)

RAF parachute instructors collided mid air during training jump
(Daily Mirror)

Ministry of Defence bomb disposal team called to Elean Business Park, Sutton, after workers discover suspected World War Two device
(Ely Standard)

MBDA To Deliver Test ASRAAM Missiles For UK’s F-35B Fighter

Disclaimer: all news stories are the property of their respective publishers.



News Round-Up – February 6th 2016

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

Royal Navy warship scoops top award

Final ceremony marks end of Royal Navy’s rescue Sea King base HMS Gannet

Army whistleblower to testify on IRA double agent Stakeknife
(The Guardian)


Italy claims first F-35 transatlantic crossing
(Flight Global)


Disclaimer: all news stories are the property of their respective publishers.

Defence of the Realm – Army

The British Army

In 1707 the regiments that made up the Army and Navy of Scotland were absorbed in to their English counterparts and the British Army was formed. The full-time element of the British Army is referred to as the Regular Army and has been since the creation of the reservist Territorial Force in 1908. Throughout its history, the British Army has seen action in a number of major wars involving the world’s great powers, including the Seven Years’ War, the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the First World War and Second World War.

British Army History

War of 1812

19th Century

World War One

Inter-War Years

The Cold War

Northern Ireland

The 1991 Gulf War

21st Century

British Army Tanks

British Army Vehicles


British Army Books

British Army Videos