The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It was first formed in 1707, unifying the English and Scottish armies into the army of Great Britain. For many years, the British Army was a symbol of the power of the British Empire during the colonial era, and as such comprised many foreign soldiers, originating from these colonies. Entering the modern era, the British Army fought as one of the primary Allied armies in both World Wars.
The British Army was a key player in World War I, participating in numerous campaigns on the Western Front and Middle East. They were also involved in many key campaigns in World War II, including North Africa, South East Asia and the invasions of Italy and France in 1943 and 1944 respectively.
Components featured in the Battlefield SeriesEdit
- British Commandos were a special forces unit initially formed from members of the British Army during World War II. The Commandos were used for raids on enemy occupied areas, and saw action in every theatre of the war. They are featured in Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII.
- Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces division within the British Army. First active from 1941 to 1945, then from 1947 onward they conduct diverse, unconventional warfare and are renowned as one of the best special forces groups in the world. They are featured in Battlefield 2: Special Forces.
- Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world, formed as the Royal Tank Corps in 1916 during World War I. They are featured in Battlefield 1.
In Battlefield 1942, the British Army appears in the base game as one of the five original allied factions, and fights against the Afrika Korps on the North African front and against the Wehrmacht in the Battle of Britain. In the expansion Road to Rome, the British army fights in the Italian theatre against the Royal Italian Army.
It is one of the two British factions in the game plus expansions, the other is the British Commandos. The British army additionally represents the Royal Air Force on the Battle of Britain map. The Canadian Army, then a part of the British Empire, also appears as a distinct faction.
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Kits and WeaponsEdit
In terms of appearance, the British use the same models for all theaters they are present in, and are issued khaki uniforms. They wear blouses with two frontal pockets, ankle puttees with brown boots. The Brodie helmet is a ubiquitous component of their uniform, and is worn by all classes. Their webbing, which is of a similar khaki coloration, consists of a harness with two large frontal magazine pouches. Various classes have additional smaller pouches and sidearm holsters. Like the US Army, the Assault carries an entrenching tool on his back.
The British Army is issued mostly American made vehicles, and is identical to its US Army counterparts in what vehicles are used with the exception of the fighter, which is a Spitfire instead of the P-51.
In the North Africa theatre, all British vehicles have a solid khaki/desert paintjob, while in Europe they use a Green coating identical to the Americans and Canadians.
- M2 Browning (Machine gun emplacement)
- 40mm Bofors (AA Emplacement)
- Radar Tower (AA Emplacement issued)
- AT-25 (Anti-tank emplacement/RtR)
Battlefield 2: Special ForcesEdit
- Main article: Special Air Service#Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2: Euro ForceEdit
The military of the British Empire is featured in Battlefield 1.
British and Commonwealth personnel feature prominently in the campaign of Battlefield 1, appearing in the chapters Storm of Steel, Through Mud and Blood, Friends In High Places, Nothing Is Written and The Runner.
In the prologue chapter Storm of Steel, British tanks and aircraft support the US counterattack in the first mission, and succeed in breaking the German spearhead before running into intense resistance from enemy field guns. The player briefly takes control of the left-side gunner of a Mark V tank before it is destroyed by shellfire.
In Through Mud and Blood, the player assumes the role of Danny Edwards, a fresh volunteer assigned as a driver in the the Royal Tank Corps, who participates in the British offensive near Cambrai in fall 1918.
In The Runner, ANZAC and British forces are featured assaulting the Ottoman-held coastline at Gallipoli.
Singleplayer British soldiers use mainly randomly generated uniforms and weapons. There are several types of British troops:
- Rifleman - the most common type of soldiers. They wear randomly generated uniforms. Majority of them wear standard khaki uniform and a Brodie helmet (sometimes with khaki material, like multiplayer Assault). Some riflemen appear to be ANZACs, wearing darker uniform and slouch hats. Riflemen use randomly generated weapons, which are SMLE MKIII (standard rifle), M1903 Experimental and M1907 SL (rare).
- Assault - very rare type. They look similiar to MP Assault and use Model 10-A shotguns. They can be sometimes seen in The Runner and Through Mud and Blood, clearing the trenches.
- Support - they look identical to MP support class and use Lewis Gun.
- Scout - one of them is seen in The Runner, near Whitehall outpost, shortly after Bishop becomes the runner. He looks similiar to MP medic and uses SMLE MKIII with scope. He'll cover player with sniper fire if he gets into trouble.
- Officer - they are seen only in several cutscenes and use M1911. They wear similiar to MP Cavalry.
British soldiers in singleplayer use Clubs as their melee weapon.
The British Empire is featured as one of six factions in the base game of Battlefield 1, as part of the Allies along with Italy and the United States. They are outfitted with the woolen khaki service dress and beige cotton webbing of the era, in addition to the distinctive Brodie Helmet worn by the Assault, Scout and Support classes, and turbans worn by the Medic, who is apparently a member of the British Indian Army. The Support also wears the Wilmer model eye defense, a metal visor that protects the eyes from shrapnel.
The British Army appear on both the Western Front, fighting mainly in France, where they are opposed by the German Empire, and in the Middle-Eastern theatre, where they face the Ottoman Empire for control of Mesopotamia and the Sinai Peninsula—the location of modern-day Egypt, Syria and Iraq.
The standard issue rifle for the British Forces in Battlefield 1 is the SMLE MKIII.
Battlefield 1: Turning TidesEdit
The British Empire is included in several maps in the Battlefield 1: Turning Tides expansion, participating in the Gallipoli landings.
On these maps, the faction's appearance is modified to reflect the environmental and historical setting, representing the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force which fought in Gallipoli. The Medic represents the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, wearing the iconic ANZAC slouch hat and blue shirt, though equipment that they used can also be seen on some other classes, such as the pith helmet worn by the Support. The Scout is also used to represent ANZAC troops, but those of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (evident by the "lemon squeezer" hat worn and its red-stripped puggarees).
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- The shoulder insignia of the British soldiers in Battlefield 1 reads "RAILWAY BTN. 17", which refers to the 17th Northumberland Fusiliers known as the North Eastern Railway Pioneers.