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  1. The last battle the British Army was involved in that took place on the British mainland was the battle of Hastings in 1066. Although a number of wars have been fought in/for overseas dependencies (Falklands being one) are there any other Armies in the world who have spent as little time fighting on their home soil as the British Army?
  2. 1066? FFS. Read more books.
  3. Ireland was British for quite some time and rarely at peace - Northern Ireland still is.

    But, excluding the Micks ... Stephen & Matilda, the wars against the Welsh princes, various wars against Scotland, the Wars of the Roses, the Civil War (by which time you were actually talking about Britain as opposed to England), the Monmouth Rebellion (and Sedgemoor), the Jacobite Rebellions (Culloden usually being cited as the last battle, Clifton Moor being the last engagement on English soil), Cardigan Bay (being more of a French surrender) and, according to some sources, Graveney Marsh (in 1940) - although that was only one German air-crew.

    I'll have missed some but fewer than you.
  4. Sorry, I think I should have been clearer in my original question. Are there any other Armies in the world that have spent as little time fighting invasions/overseas forces as the British Army?
  5. Bowmore_Assassin

    Bowmore_Assassin LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Good call Taffnp.

    A potted history: The Pembroke Yeomanry was raised in 1794 by Lord Milford as part of the national response to the threat to the country following the French Revolution. In 1797 the Republican ‘Legion Noire’ landed off Carreg Wastad Point, only to surrender to a much smaller force hastily assembled under Lord Cawdor, which included his own Castlemartin Troop of the Yeomanry. Two of the French frigates involved were captured, one of which was subsequently re-commissioned as HMS Fishguard. In 1853 Queen Victoria bestowed the battle honour ‘Fishguard’ upon the Pembroke Yeomanry. The unit became the first volunteer unit to receive a battle honour and remains the only unit still serving in the British Army to bear the name of an engagement on British soil. The descendents of the Pembroke Yeomanry still exist as a functioning unit: 224 (Pembroke Yeomanry) Transport Squadron RLC (V). Here is how that happened:

    During the Boer War the Yeomanry provided the 30th Company of the Denbighshire Hussars 9th (Welsh) Battalion of Imperial Yeomanry, landing in South Africa in 1890 to fight as Mounted Infantry, and replacing them, a second 30th Company in 1901, both saw considerable action. In 1946 the Pembroke Yeomanry received the Freedom of the Town and County of Haverfordwest. To commemorate the Bi-centenary of the Battle of Fishguard the Squadron was given the Freedom of Fishguard and Goodwick in 1997, this honour was accepted by the Princess Royal as Colonel in Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps.

    The numerous reorganisations of the Reserve Army have resulted in several changes for the Pembroke Yeomanry – from Cavalry to Artillery, back to Cavalry and then to Infantry finally into the 224 (Pembroke Yeomanry) Transport Squadron, 157 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport (Volunteers) and finally in 1993 becoming part of the Royal Logistic Corps. The squadron remained with “157” through all its name and role changes until 2006.

    On 6th November 2006, 224 (Pembroke Yeomanry) Transport Squadron joined the Welsh Transport Regiment RLC (V).
  6. The Swiss? Given their relatively short history and going by percentages, the Irish? Has Canada ever been invaded? New Zealand didn't see any local action in WW1 or WW2, IIRC (despite the bravery of their soldiers in remote theatres). Japan had 2 rapidly defeated invasions and then a surrender - so little fighting against foreigners on the home islands.

    I suspect that if you look at isolated countries - whether by simple remoteness, mountains or sea, that they will have had fewer battles on home soil than major land countries.
  7. France?
  8. Being less of a ccok... Germany.

    Spent most of both world wars fighting in other countries.
  9. Oddly enough- yes.

    See the entries for the War of 1812 and the Fenian Raids on this link-

    Pub quiz question- "Which country was first attacked/invaded by an armed group calling itself the Irish Republican Army?"

    Answer- Canada.

    Edited to add- I know Canada wasn't strictly an independent country during this period, before anyone clever points it out.
  10. Well done to those remembering FISHGUARD, and to those who posted the history.