Countries Britain Hasn't Invaded

Chimp

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Didn’t we nearly have a set to with Guatemala in the 70s when they were sabre rattling over Belize?

While we might not have invaded them, I believe a pair of FAA Buccaneers may have done a bit of uninvited low flying over their capital city just to prove a point.
In February 1948, there were fears that the Guatemalans would invade and a company of the Gloucestershire Regiment was rushed to the border. In 1958, the Hampshires intercepted a group from the Belize Liberation Army that had crossed the border into Belize. In 1975 Guatemala moved troops to the Belizian border and we responded again.
 
While we might not have invaded them, I believe a pair of FAA Buccaneers may have done a bit of uninvited low flying over their capital city just to prove a point.
" In 1972, Ark Royal and 809 RNAS were despatched "with haste" from the North Atlantic to 'show presence' over British Honduras, now Belize, in the face of neighbouring Guatemalan threats to invade and invade Belize. Steaming hard at 27 knots, and when eventually off Bermuda, two Buccaneers were launched along with two more 'buddy tanker' versions to make one of the longest journeys of its type.[5] In a six-hour round trip the two Buccaneers 'showed presence' over Belize and made the Guatemalan government, with its P-51D Mustangs and limited ground forces, hesitate long enough for other events to intervene. "

In 1975 a small force of harriers was deployed as air support for the garrison..



 
Apparently as high as 22


Andorra
Belarus
Bolivia
Burundi
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo (Republic of)
Guatemala
Ivory Coast
Kyrgyzstan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mali
Marshall Islands
Monaco
Mongolia
Paraguay
Sao Tome and Principe
Sweden
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
I think that you can justifiably strike Luxembourg from the list. It formed a part of the Spanish Netherlands (roughly speaking what is now Belgium), which at various times did receive our attentions.
 

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" In 1972, Ark Royal and 809 RNAS were despatched "with haste" from the North Atlantic to 'show presence' over British Honduras, now Belize, in the face of neighbouring Guatemalan threats to invade and invade Belize. Steaming hard at 27 knots, and when eventually off Bermuda, two Buccaneers were launched along with two more 'buddy tanker' versions to make one of the longest journeys of its type.[5] In a six-hour round trip the two Buccaneers 'showed presence' over Belize and made the Guatemalan government, with its P-51D Mustangs and limited ground forces, hesitate long enough for other events to intervene. "

In 1975 a small force of harriers was deployed as air support for the garrison..



Yep. There is a great book about it.

Phoenix Squadron.
 
It's also quite interesting to read the criticisms of the Empire and compare that to other European powers.

The Belgians in the Congo were ******* horrifying. I'd rather have taken my chances as an Indian under British rule than a Congolese under the Belgians.
There was a very interesting article in The Economist a while back to do with developing countries in Africa.

They'd all been colonised, all been granted independence and were on the up, so to speak - what was interesting was the trend of growth, corruption, safety of investment, external investment etc... It ran strongly along the lines of who'd been the major coloniser beforehand.

The countries didn't reinvent the framework in how the country operated - all had a legacy of the previous bureaucratic and legal system, and all the other mechanisms to conduct business put in place by the colonial administrations prior to independence.

No surprise that the British countries were far ahead - it was then a close bag of all the other major powers but significantly behind - the main reason was in each of the British run countries, they were taught how to run themselves, rather than told how to run themselves.
 
When was Switzerland invaded?
Other than by a bunch of pissed up Canucks in Rougemont, and thank you very much to the female teaching staff at a couple of the schools there...
 
I think that you can justifiably strike Luxembourg from the list. It formed a part of the Spanish Netherlands (roughly speaking what is now Belgium), which at various times did receive our attentions.
Did they deliberately miss off the invasions of France, Belgium, Germany, Libia, Italy and others, to free them from oppression, sacrificing the lives of our young men so they could decide their own futures.
And they have surely missed off the Malvinas.
Oh yes, more recently, they could add Afghanistan and Iraq to the lists.
'Persia' rings a bell too.
 
" In 1972, Ark Royal and 809 RNAS were despatched "with haste" from the North Atlantic to 'show presence' over British Honduras, now Belize, in the face of neighbouring Guatemalan threats to invade and invade Belize. Steaming hard at 27 knots, and when eventually off Bermuda, two Buccaneers were launched along with two more 'buddy tanker' versions to make one of the longest journeys of its type.[5] In a six-hour round trip the two Buccaneers 'showed presence' over Belize and made the Guatemalan government, with its P-51D Mustangs and limited ground forces, hesitate long enough for other events to intervene. "

In 1975 a small force of harriers was deployed as air support for the garrison..



Ref Harriers in Belize.

I was at Aiport Camp for a while in the mid-80s. Only two buildings on the camp had air conditioning at that time.

One was the pilot's accomodation. Apparently the pilots needed to have their sleep undisturbed by heat, humidity and bugs so they had the aircon.

The other was the office/ops room used by the UKSF detachment which needed the air conditioners to keep the room temperature at a suitable level for the comms equipment they had in there. The aircon, along with a very large fridge for the stimms it made a pleasant place to hang out.
 
I think it’s telling that the nations of the Empire were so traumatised by our wicked colonialism that, almost without exception, they chose to remain under our wing by joining the Commonwealth.
And new countries joined
.

In 1995, Mozambique joined the Commonwealth, becoming the first member state to have never had a constitutional link with the United Kingdom or another Commonwealth member state.
 

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