Would we fight over Gibraltar?

#1
Had a few too many this afternoon and got thinking...

If the Spanish walked into Gib' and annexed it tomorrow would we do anything?

If so, what? Other than filming an up to date series of Sharpe.
 
#3
Why would we want to? Its an overcrowded shithole full of people who are British when it suits them and EU citizens when it doesn't. they only vote to stay a colony because it is financially suitable for them to remain so.

The moment the EU offered them a big sack of cash they would be Spanish quicker than you could say Viva Madrid.
 
#4
Heedthebaw said:
Why would we want to? Its an overcrowded shithole full of people who are British when it suits them and EU citizens when it doesn't. they only vote to stay a colony because it is financially suitable for them to remain so.

The moment the EU offered them a big sack of cash they would be Spanish quicker than you could say Viva Madrid.
It's a place I've not been Heed but my impression was they were as British as it gets, maybe wrong on that score then...But what about the insult of the Spanish giving us the finger?

That's got to be worth a slap or two.
 
#6
errrr.......you lot want us to join you again when it kicks off? :wink:
 
#8
I think the majority of Squaddies wouldnt mind a change of scenary away from the hot deserts that this government keeps sending us to. Not been there yet but the sea and climate looks quite inviting and I believe there isnt an alcohol ban like in the Gulf. Just packing my trunks and towel.
 
#9
Question "Would we fight over Gibraltar?"

Answer "Does the Union Flag flutter above it?"
 
#10
When I was there, the locals absolutely refused to speak Spanish to me... For instance, I would hear waiters speaking Spanish amongst themselves, but when I tried to order food or beer, they would answer all of my Spanish in English. Now, my Spanish is pretty sh!te, but wasn't that bad. From chatting to locals, I got the impression that they were pretty true-blue.

If an Spaniard ever gives you sh!t about Gibraltar simply say these names to them Ceuta or Melilla . At least our enclave is on our continent! :D
 
#11
The_IRON said:
I think the majority of Squaddies wouldnt mind a change of scenary away from the hot deserts that this government keeps sending us to. Not been there yet but the sea and climate looks quite inviting and I believe there isnt an alcohol ban like in the Gulf. Just packing my trunks and towel.
Well, last time I was there a litre of Bombay Sapphire only cost ca. £5!
 
#12
Schleswig-Holstein said:
The_IRON said:
I think the majority of Squaddies wouldnt mind a change of scenary away from the hot deserts that this government keeps sending us to. Not been there yet but the sea and climate looks quite inviting and I believe there isnt an alcohol ban like in the Gulf. Just packing my trunks and towel.
Well, last time I was there a litre of Bombay Sapphire only cost ca. £5!
That's great, we'll send the WI, job done.
 
#13
Schleswig-Holstein said:
When I was there, the locals absolutely refused to speak Spanish to me... For instance, I would hear waiters speaking Spanish amongst themselves, but when I tried to order food or beer, they would answer all of my Spanish in English. Now, my Spanish is pretty sh!te, but wasn't that bad. From chatting to locals, I got the impression that they were pretty true-blue.

If an Spaniard ever gives you sh!t about Gibraltar simply say these names to them Ceuta or Melilla . At least our enclave is on our continent! :D
Also "Basque / Catalan / Gallician Homeland" That should do it :D
Gibraltarians who I know reasonably well doubt that the EU will still exist in 25 years time. They seem to think that there are so many disparate ethnic groups all demanding their own national state that it is only a matter of time before the EU breaks up.
 
#14
A British infantry battalion could hold Gibraltar. There is not enough real estate for more than a Spanish Bde to manouvre in an attack. Their casualties would run into thousands. What would we run out of first, ammunition or targets?

Those of you that have not been there have a look at it on Google earth.
 
#15
sandy_boots said:
A British infantry battalion could hold Gibraltar. There is not enough real estate for more than a Spanish Bde to manouvre in an attack. Their casualties would run into thousands. What would we run out of first, ammunition or targets?

Those of you that have not been there have a look at it on Google earth.
Do we have a battalion spare ? I don't think so!!
 
#16
sandy_boots said:
A British infantry battalion could hold Gibraltar. There is not enough real estate for more than a Spanish Bde to manouvre in an attack. Their casualties would run into thousands. What would we run out of first, ammunition or targets?

Those of you that have not been there have a look at it on Google earth.
I don't doubt that S_B but - and I've been out too long so may well be wrong - I didn't think we had a battalion stationed there anymore? Memory is throwing up 3 RGJ being on one of the last tours there but it was before my time.

Assuming there isn't and they pull it off without a shot fired and occupy The Rock. What next? Your own analysis precludes force being used directly against Gib' so if HMG decided it was worth the bother where would you hit them?

Personally I'd start with the football stadiums, most Spanish football fans wouldn't be missed but it gets the point across.
 
#17
Given the Spanner-Wops record for fighting,the WI could hold the Rock!

Was there before and after the border was opened,and they should have kept the gate shut. :lol:
 
#18
LP wrote
"Do we have a battalion spare ? I don't think so!! "

I think we do. The Gibraltar Regiment don't seem to go anywhere much and they live there.
 
#19
They'd never dare. We'd just unleash a plague of heavily tattooed English pensioners out of Malaga the Daygo health system will collapse as they moan and bitch in bad Spanish.
 
#20
I would!

'We' meaning, I assume, the government, then the answer is:

NO

'Bottler' Brown would never make a decision such as that and the Eurosupine Soviet Union would most likely support the Spaniards.
 

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