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The British Army is the land warfare branch of the British Armed Forces. The English army, founded in 1660, was succeeded in 1707 by the new British Army, incorporating existing Scottish regiments. It was administered by the War Office from London, which was subsumed into the Ministry of Defence in 1964. The professional head of the British Army is the Chief of the General Staff.


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. All members of the Army swear (or affirm) allegiance to the monarch as commander-in-chief. However, the Bill of rights of 1689 requires Parliamentary consent for the Crown to maintain a standing army in peacetime. Parliament approves the continued existence of the Army by passing an armed forces Act at least once every five years. In contrast to the Royal navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force, the British Army does not include Royal in its title because, after a historic struggle between Parliament and monarchy, the British Army has always been answerable to Parliament rather than the Monarch. Many of the Army's constituent regiments and corps have been granted the "Royal" prefix and have members of the Royal Family occupying senior honorary positions within some regiments.

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Classes in how to track and stalk animals - AND PEOPLE - are being held in a woodland near Frome. People taking part will be coached by a highly decorated British Army sniper. The unusual experience is being organised by Jonny Collins of the Nomad ...
'I fought against the British Army on the streets of Derry': The week in quotes. Here's what was said and who said what this week.

In 1972, the Official IRA killed seven people in a blast at the Aldershot headquarters of the British Army's Parachute Regiment.
Tallinn: British Army equipment including tanks and self-propelled guns on Wednesday (Mar 22) arrived by boat in Estonia, part of a NATO move to reinforce its eastern flank to deter a militarily resurgent Russia, according to Estonia's defence forces.
THE Foreign Office minister was formerly a British Army officer and is currently a Tory MP. He is serving as MP for Bournemouth East and as UK government Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mr Williams said the British Army "went to Ireland to help protect the people of Ireland from a gang of vicious psychopaths".
With one hand fixed on his rifle and the other gripping a handle on the side of the helicopter, Gordon Benfell could do little to stop his shovel from vibrating out ...
"I fought against the British Army on the streets of Derry and I don't make any apology [...] about that," he told us.
The inquest heard Mr Enion had served in the British Army from 1988 to 1996, and was deployed to the gulf during the First Gulf War in January 1991.
A great-grandfather had served in the British Army during New Zealand's early colonial years, he had uncles buried in World War I European graveyards, and his father had fought in North Africa during World War II.
A Scottish couple made an unusual bit of British military history when the wife handed over command of an army unit to her husband.
... Members of the British Army 1st Battalion of The Mercian Regiment participate in the Iron Sword · A member of the British Army 1st Battalion of The Mercian Regiment maintains a defensive position · A member of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade ...
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins - who battled the IRA as a serving soldier in Northern Ireland - has paid tribute to ex- terrorist Martin McGuinnness following his death today.
Iraqi and Kurdish fighters being trained by UK forces will "absolutely" beat Islamic State, a high ranking British Army officer has said. As part of the UK's role in the 68-member Global Coalition committed to defeating the terror group, more than 500 ...
You had a huge German army, British Army - you even had large Dutch and Belgian formations over here," Hodges said. "And the mission when we had 300,000 was to deter the Soviet Union, assure our allies and protect U.S.
MORE than 15,000 soldiers quit the British Army last year as commanders struggled against falling morale. By Marco Giannangeli, EXCLUSIVE.

Greece's then finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for crisis talks with an EU Commissioner at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on May 5, 2015.
British troops land in Estonia for NATO mission to deter Russia. 800 British troops due to be stationed in the Baltic state as part of one of biggest deployments to Eastern Europe in decades.
Greece's then finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for crisis talks with an EU Commissioner at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on May ...
"If you ask most people what kind of a contribution people from South Asia made to the British Army in WWI they would say none and I think it's important to educate people about this.
More than 4,500 soldiers are to be transferred to new units and nearly 40 major units moved as part of the British Army's re-organisation plans to set up a 'warfighting' division and form two new strike brigades. Coldstream Guards on exercise in ...
A former warehouse manager from Northampton is getting ready to fly out to Syria for a third time to join Kurdish rebels in their fight against ISIS.
The new accommodation will be used by troops returning from Germany under the army Basing Programme, a construction programme scheduled for completion by 2020 which will allow all British Army units based in Germany to return to the UK.
The Insight gallery examines the impact the British Army has around the world. Opening displays look at the connections it has with Germany, Scotland, the Punjab, Ghana and Sudan.
Military training is designed to reduce fear, stress and fatigue, and to help prepare for every eventuality. Still, when we think of military training, we often think of it as a distant, unwarranted skill set seemingly unrelated to our day-to-day lives ...
A brigadier has been sentenced after admitting wrongly claiming taxpayers' money for his two sons' school fees. Brig Charles Beardmore, 51, is believed to be the most senior officer to face an army court martial since 1952.
He is also the British Army taekwondo team captain. Guba, who has achieved many medals on both national and international level of fighting, said he is now looking forward for next competition on March 11 in the British Army Championships. He will also ...
He is also the British Army taekwondo team captain. Guba, who has achieved many medals on both national and international level of fighting, said he is now looking forward for next competition on March 11 in the British Army Championships. He will also ...
James Hewitt is a former household cavalry officer in the British Army. The 58-year-old was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, but was brought up in Kent and Devon before being educated at one of the country's top public schools - Millfield in Somerset.
The former soldier in the British Army and father of two is one of dozens of Britons to have worked with the YPG, a group of Kurdish rebels supported by international volunteer fighters.
AN INQUEST into the death of a man shot by the British Army at a Christmas dance in north Belfast should be prioritised, a judge said.
Tamworth boss Andy Morrell is to manage a National League representative side against the British Army on March 29. Morrell, whose squad will include Lambs James Belshaw, Reece Styche and Luke Jones, will take charge of one of three National League ...
SWANSEA RFC are set to take on the British Army in a friendly fixture at St Helen's on Saturday (1.30pm). With the revised league structure, March was set to be an unusually quiet month for the Principality Premiership side, with the Whites not playing ...
The majority proved equal to the test, and they are the future of the British Army. We are proud of their achievements and we are looking forward to their bright futures.
Image shows the detonation of the German WWII SC 500lb bomb, at Shrewburyness Range near Southend, Essex. After a long, cold night of expert and cautious work at the Brondesbury Park building site near Brent, rendering the fuse safe on the German ...
A former British Army officer has been shot dead in Kenya, police in the country have said. Tristan Voorspuy was killed by pastoral herders on Sunday in Laikipia while inspecting some of his lodges, a local police official told Associated Press.
The attention on home-grown far-right extremism follows the killing of lawmaker Jo Cox last June, ahead of the Brexit referendum on Britain's European Union membership.
He spent a brief period at Agricultural College before joining the British Army in 1975 for a three year Short Service Commission which he extended for another three years.
Top British Army general uses Richard Hammond as example of Anti-Gay attitudes. Joseph Patrick McCormick, PinkNews; 5th March 2017, 3:39 PM. The British Army officer said LGBT+ people still face discrimination in the military (Image: Ads by Kiosked.
A FORMER British Army officer has been shot dead on his safari ranch in Kenya, family friends have confirmed. Tristan Voorspuy was inspecting one of three torched properties on his land before he was gunned down while on horseback, according to reports.
A FORMER British Army officer has been shot dead on his ranch in Kenya, family friends have confirmed. Tristan Voorspuy is said to have just returned from Tanzania before he was gunned down in a house in the ranch, according to reports.
Tristan Voorspuy was killed by pastoral herders on Sunday while inspecting some of his lodges, a local police official told the Associated Press.
A FORMER British Army officer has been shot dead on his safari ranch in Kenya, family friends have confirmed. Tristan Voorspuy was inspecting one of three torched properties on his land before he was gunned down while on horseback, according to reports.
It's getting more better for Malawian martial artist serving in the British Military, Yamikani Guba, who after being awarded a best senior fighter 2016 for the British ...
A senior officer in the British Army has warned that LGBT people in the armed forces still face "ingrained prejudice". According to Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders, LGBT+ soldiers and staff face "discrimination" and "bullying" whilst serving.
A safari firm owner is the latest victim in a conflict that has been described as a land grab in an area popular with the Royals.
David Wong Cheuk-ho began teaching himself how to play the clarinet at the tender age of 13. Incredibly, the 37-year-old musician, the first Hong Kong-born member of the British Army's Grenadier Guards, did not begin taking formal music lessons until ...
I'm here to have lunch with the former British Army officer who was seemingly catapulted out of nowhere to take on one of the most high-profile retail jobs in the country.
On March 3, 1779, 238 years ago on tomorrow , the first major battle of the British Army's push into the American South took place at Brier Creek at the old road between Savannah and Augusta.


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