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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweden View Post
    True enough. Though it is worth noting that those 'Americans' were nearly all transplanted British.
    "Transplanted"...is a nice way to put it.
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    You got there eventually. In both wars you turned up to join the eventual winners once the tide had turned.
    Considering the conflicts of the previous two centuries, can you blame us?
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    General Montgomery in WW2 was a disaster in the European theater. We were expending almost as much manpower and resources bailing him out over and over as fighting the Germans. If we had blown off the Brits all bottle necked up in Northern Europe we would have captured all of Germany and avoided tens to hundreds of thousands of deaths on all sides.
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredUSN View Post
    The British military was great at enslaving other countries while calling it colonization. They were experts at beating and hanging citizens of countries that were defenseless against the empire.

    Damn near perfect actually......... right up until WWII.

    The Germans gave them a nice wake up call with well deserved ass beating until many countries came in to save them.

    Hitler was obviously cruel and inhumane, but the British were not innocent either with the way they treated the countries that were held under colonization. Britain raped many countries of resources, and stomped any resistance at the point of a gun.
    Britain enjoyed victories Germany both in the air, Sea and in the field before anyone came to " save us". If the US had been deployed in 1939 they would have met the same fate fighting blitzkrieg as the world wasn't ready for it/
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    General Montgomery in WW2 was a disaster in the European theater. We were expending almost as much manpower and resources bailing him out over and over as fighting the Germans. If we had blown off the Brits all bottle necked up in Northern Europe we would have captured all of Germany and avoided tens to hundreds of thousands of deaths on all sides.
    like you did in the Ardennes's...
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    Considering the conflicts of the previous two centuries, can you blame us?
    The US was an agrarian society until the turn of the 20th century, incapable of such actions. Even your "revolution" was largely French and German soldiery with a few farmers armed with squirrel guns.
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweden View Post
    True enough. Though it is worth noting that those 'Americans' were nearly all transplanted British.
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweden View Post
    Quite a good summary, though it, rather surprisingly, omits my role in the Suez operation in HMS Wizard. Yes folks, I was there. Just call me the last of the British imperialists.
    Congrats on being assigned to Wizard which had quite the record, as you well know. Given your Brit humility I'm pleased to note HMS Wizard was in Tokyo Bay on the signing of the documents of surrender. Your destroyer R72 was part of the RN destroyer squadron attached to Adm. Bull Halsey's 3rd Fleet. Correct me if I'm off because I'd guess by the time you served on her she'd been converted to a fast antisub frigate and redesignated as F72. Yes, Wizard helped clear the way for Brit landing craft during Suez. Protected mine sweepers. Then on to Dartmouth to train naval academy cadets. Did quite a lot in its time it did, to include its predecessor HMS Wizard man o'war ships going back in events and history. Good show.
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    The US was an agrarian society until the turn of the 20th century, incapable of such actions. Even your "revolution" was largely French and German soldiery with a few farmers armed with squirrel guns.
    Tell that to those who fought in our Civil War.
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    Re: What do you think of the British Military throughout its history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Britain enjoyed victories Germany both in the air, Sea and in the field before anyone came to " save us". If the US had been deployed in 1939 they would have met the same fate fighting blitzkrieg as the world wasn't ready for it/
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