|«|| Utrinque Paratus (Ready For Anything)|
British paratroopers motto
Representing the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the British Army is one of the most technologically advanced factions in ArmA 2 alongside their American counterpart.
They are initially deployed as part of the joint NATO task force during the invasion of Takistan as part of Operation Arrowhead. Following the invasion and removal of its dictator Colonel Aziz, their role shifted to peacekeeping duties and training the New Takistani Army (NTA).
The contingent in Takistan comprises of several companies' worth of troopers from the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) that are involved in the on-going stabilisation efforts and counterinsurgency operations.
Though they were not present in Zargabad in the final stages of the campaign, British forces helped to secure the eastern and southern parts of the country while the main bulkhead of U.S. Army forces took down the Colonel himself.
Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012) Edit
Working alongside their Czech and German counterparts, British special forces deployed into Takistani territory in order to hunt down SCUD ballistic missile launchers that were primed at neighbouring Karzeghistan and the allied forces.
Events of Crimson Lance (2012) Edit
This section contains spoilers from ArmA 2: British Armed Forces' 'Crimson Lance' campaign.
Operation Crimson Lance is in full effect as the British Army's strategic mission transitions into a counterinsurgency campaign in order to root out the remaining elements of the Takistani Army, still loyal to the (now deceased) Colonel Aziz.
Notably amongst the British contingent in Takistan, Sergeant Brian Frost leads his squad (callsign Lancer Red) in an effort to restore stability and trust with the various villages and tribes scattered throughout the countryside.
They defuse numerous Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by the Takistani Army remnants, deliver humanitarian and medical aid supplies to Non-Government Organisations operating in the country, and provide security for other allied forces in the region.
After being tipped off by intelligence sources, coalition forces eventually discover the main base being used by the Takistani Army remnants.
In a joint raid with American forces and the local authorities, they assault the base and put an end to the last remnants of the insurgency with minimal casualties.
Post-Crimson Lance Edit
With the threat of the pro-Aziz Takistani Army remnants finally neutralised and the country's situation mostly under control, the British Army begins the withdrawal of all its combat forces out of the country. A small force of non-combat personnel remain behind to assist the on-going stabilisation operations but mostly stay in the secure and safer green zones.
|«|| Operation Crimson Lance was rough - I lost a lot of good lads and for no good reason. We were crying out for more airframes, more bloody tanks. Resources just weren't there - and as for the Yanks..|
Brian Frost reminiscing bitterly post-Crimson Lance
However, their pullout alongside other NATO forces in the region also sets the country's gradual slide into civil warfare yet again. Almost a year after the invasion's end, the various tribes of the country, no longer unconditionally supportive of the West, compete against the NTA for control of the country.
Disgusted with the turn of events and the sacrifices of his men being all for naught, Brian Frost applies to be discharged from the British Army and joins up with the ION Services private military company.
Events of The East Wind (2035) Edit
|«|| Two decades of economic misery simply cannot be ignored. Britain is an island, not an empire. The answer is no longer 'send a gunboat' - it hasn't been the answer for the last fifty years!|
Jackson Irvine, MP for South Shields
Though not actually seen during the events of The East Wind, conventional British forces were initially a part of Task Force Aegis, and were assigned to peacekeeping duties alongside a contingent of troops from the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division on the Republic of Altis and Stratis.
Their mandate expired following a parliamentary vote that defeated the government's motion led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Nicholas Ramsden, to extend their operations in the country. They are mentioned on several news broadcasts as having been pulled out months prior to the breakout of hostilities between the Altis Armed Forces and the U.S.-led peacekeepers on Stratis.
For ballistic protection, British Army troopers mostly wear the Osprey Mk2 body armour vest as well as Mk7 combat helmets as headwear. Like their American counterparts, most troopers are also issued a set of night vision goggles for use in low-visibility conditions.
Personal gear is usually camouflaged with the DPM/DDPM patterns for use in either woodland or desert environments respectively, though the contingent in Takistan primarily utilises the newer Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) universal camouflage pattern instead.