British Wars


British troops in Northern Ireland

British Troops

British Wars from 1945 to the Present


  See also Anglo-American Wars and Anglo-French Wars

Greek Civil War (1944-1947)--British forces became involved in the early stages of the Greek Civil War when they liberated Greece from German occupation toward the end of 1944. As the Germans withdrew, competing Greek factions fought for control. The British sided with the re-established Greek government against the Communist rebels. Due to financial pressures and their own need to recover from World War Two, Britain announced a withdrawal of forces in 1947. The Greek Civil War continued until 1949, with the United States taking over the role of protector for the government. British combat involvement primarily took place in 1944 and 1945.

Palestine, 1945-1948

South East Asia, 1945-1946

Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Korean War, 1950-1953

Anglo-Egyptian War of 1951-1952 (1951-1952)--Egyptian guerrillas, aided by the governement carried out a campaign against British forces stationed at the Suez Canal and agains other symbols of Britain and the West. On January 25, 1952, British troops retaliated against Egypt by attacking an Egyptian police station, killing 50 and wounding 100. The conflict ended with a change in the Egyptian government and the eventual withdrawal of British troops. This conflict led to Britain's involvment in the 1956 Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt in 1956. (see below)

Mau Mau Insurgency, 1952-1956

Cyprus Emergency, 1955-1959

Suez/Sinai War (1956)-

Muscat and Oman Intervention (1957-1959)--British troops aide the goverment of Muscat and Oman (now known simply as Oman), against rebels. British troops withdrew after a successful campaign.

Jordan Intervention (1958)--Britain airlifted troops to Jordan in response to a request for aid from the Jordanian king. King Hussein felt threatened by the recent union of Syria and Egypt, as well as the violent revolution in Iraq in which the Iraq king, a member of Hussein's family, was brutally murdered. After the situation calmed down, British troops left Jordan.

Indonesia Conflicts, 1960-1966

Ugandan Army Mutiny (1964)--The army of Uganda, which had recently become independent of Britain, mutinied against the government of President Milton Obote in January of 1964. Unable to control the situation, Obote called for help from British forces who put down the revolt.

Aden Conflict, 1964-1967

The Conflict in Northern Ireland (1969-Ongoing)

The Falkland Islands War (1982)

Falkland Islands War Images and Pictures

Gulf War (1991)

Former Yugoslavia Peacekeeping Operations

Afghanistan War (2001-Present)

Iraq War (2003-Present)

Operation Phillis, Cote d'Ivoire, 2004 (MoD)

Libyan War (2011)

Please cite this source when appropriate:

Lee, R. "British Wars (1945 to the Present)"



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