The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It was first formed in 1707, when the unification of England and Scotland unified their armies into one as well. During the 18th and 19th century, the British Army participated in several significant wars such as the War of the Spanish Succession, the Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars. British victories in those wars allowed for Britain to establish an global empire overseas. Entering the 20th century, the British Army fought as one of the primary Allied armies in both World Wars.
The British Army was a key player in World War I, participating in numerous campaigns on the Western Front and Middle East. They were also involved in many key campaigns in World War II, including North Africa, South East Asia and the invasions of Italy and France in 1943 and 1944 respectively.
Components featured in the Battlefield Series
- British Commandos were a special forces unit initially formed from members of the British Army during World War II. The Commandos were used for raids on enemy occupied areas, and saw action in every theatre of the war. They are featured in Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII.
- Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces division within the British Army. First active from 1941 to 1945, then from 1947 onward they conduct diverse, unconventional warfare and are renowned as one of the best special forces groups in the world. They are featured in Battlefield 2: Special Forces.
- Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world, formed as the Royal Tank Corps in 1916 during World War I. They are featured in Battlefield 1.
In Battlefield 1942, the British Army appears in the base game as one of the five original allied factions, and fights against the Afrika Korps on the North African front and against the Wehrmacht in the Battle of Britain. In the expansion Road to Rome, the British army fights in the Italian theatre against the Royal Italian Army.
It is one of the two British factions in the game plus expansions, the other is the British Commandos. The British army additionally represents the Royal Air Force on the Battle of Britain map. The Canadian Army, then a part of the British Empire, also appears as a distinct faction.
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Kits and Weapons
In terms of appearance, the British use the same models for all theaters they are present in, and are issued khaki uniforms. They wear blouses with two frontal pockets, ankle puttees with brown boots. The Brodie helmet is a ubiquitous component of their uniform, and is worn by all classes. Their webbing, which is of a similar khaki coloration, consists of a harness with two large frontal magazine pouches. Various classes have additional smaller pouches and sidearm holsters. Like the US Army, the Assault carries an entrenching tool on his back.
The British Army is issued mostly American made vehicles, and is identical to its US Army counterparts in what vehicles are used with the exception of the fighter, which is a Spitfire instead of the P-51.
In the North Africa theatre, all British vehicles have a solid khaki/desert paintjob, while in Europe they use a Green coating identical to the Americans and Canadians.
- M2 Browning (Machine gun emplacement)
- 40mm Bofors (AA Emplacement)
- Radar Tower (AA Emplacement issued)
- AT-25 (Anti-tank emplacement/RtR)
The military of the British Empire is featured in Battlefield 1.
British and Commonwealth personnel feature prominently in the campaign of Battlefield 1, appearing in the chapters Storm of Steel, Through Mud and Blood, Friends In High Places, Nothing Is Written and The Runner.
In the prologue chapter Storm of Steel, British tanks and aircraft support the US counterattack in the first mission, and succeed in breaking the German spearhead before running into intense resistance from enemy field guns. The player briefly takes control of the left-side gunner of a Mark V tank before it is destroyed by shellfire.
In Through Mud and Blood, the player assumes the role of Danny Edwards, a fresh volunteer assigned as a driver in the Royal Tank Corps, who participates in the British offensive near Cambrai in fall 1918.
In The Runner, ANZAC and British forces are featured assaulting the Ottoman-held coastline at Gallipoli.
Singleplayer British soldiers use mainly randomly generated uniforms and weapons. There are several types of British troops:
- Rifleman - the most common type of soldiers. They wear randomly generated uniforms. The majority of them wear standard khaki uniform and a Brodie helmet (sometimes with khaki material, like multiplayer Assault). Some riflemen appear to be ANZACs, wearing darker uniform and slouch hats. Riflemen use randomly generated weapons, which are SMLE MKIII (standard rifle), M1903 Experimental and M1907 SL (rare).
- Assault - very rare type. They look similar to MP Assault and use Model 10-A shotguns. They can be sometimes seen in The Runner and Through Mud and Blood, clearing the trenches.
- Support - they look identical to MP support class and use Lewis Gun.
- Scout - one of them is seen in The Runner, near Whitehall outpost, shortly after Bishop becomes the runner. He looks similar to MP medic and uses SMLE MKIII with scope. He'll cover player with sniper fire if he gets into trouble.
- Officer - they are seen only in several cutscenes and use M1911. They wear similar to MP Cavalry.
British soldiers in singleplayer use Clubs as their melee weapon.
The British Empire is featured as one of six factions in the base game of Battlefield 1, as part of the Allies along with Italy and the United States. They are outfitted with the woolen khaki service dress and beige cotton webbing of the era, in addition to the distinctive Brodie Helmet worn by the Assault, Scout, and Support classes, and turbans worn by the Medic, who is apparently a member of the British Indian Army.
- Assault - Wearing a scarf and a covered Brodie helmet. With smaller details such as a leather pistol holster on his chest pack and ammo pouches around his stomach, along with shotgun shell holsters and a small backpack, and, like all Assaults, an Anti-Tank Grenade on his waist.
- Medic - A soldier from India, he wears a turban and a blanket that wraps around his body from the right shoulder. Additional details include ammo pouches on his waist and a pair of crutches on his back, like most other medics.
- Support - Wearing a scarf and a Brodie helmet equipped with the Wilmer Model Eye Defense visor. Additional details include a canteen on his hip, a shovel on his back, and a belt of ammo pouches wrapped around his torso.
- Scout - A soldier of African or Caribbean descent, wearing a trench coat like a cape and a Brodie helmet. Additional details include ammo pouches that adorn the front part of his body.
- Cavalry - Wearing a peaked cap, a scarf, and armor on his torso. Smaller details include a sidearm holster on his chest and ammo pouches at the end of his armor.
- Tanker - Wearing a brown jumpsuit with sidearm holsters on their chest and a Brodie helmet with a splinter mask.
- Pilot - Wearing aviator goggles and leather helmets, with brown gloves/boots and khaki jackets. Scarf is striped with light and dark blue.
The British Army appears on both the Western Front, fighting mainly in France, where they are opposed by the German Empire, and in the Middle-Eastern theatre, where they face the Ottoman Empire for control of Mesopotamia and the Sinai Peninsula—the location of modern-day Egypt, Syria and Iraq.
The standard issue rifle for the British Forces in Battlefield 1 is the SMLE MKIII.
Battlefield 1: Turning Tides
The British Empire is included on two maps for theBattlefield 1: Turning Tides expansion, participating in the Gallipoli landings. On the maps Zeebrugge and Heligoland Bight, the Royal Marines fight the Imperial German Army instead of the British Empire.
On these maps, the faction's appearance is modified to reflect the environmental and historical setting, representing the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force which fought in Gallipoli. The Medic represents the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, wearing the iconic ANZAC slouch hat and blue shirt, though equipment that they used can also be seen on some other classes, such as the pith helmet worn by the Support. The Scout is also used to represent ANZAC troops, but those of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (evident by the "lemon squeezer" hat worn and its red-stripped puggarees).
Community Test Environment
The United Kingdom is featured in Battlefield V.
During the singleplayer prologue My Country Calling, the British Army appear as friendly forces during the 1940 and 1944 segments, and as an enemy force in 1941. They are also featured in Under No Flag, appearing at the end of the story at the airfield in Crossing Line. Some British soldiers are also seen in The Last Tiger.
The British Army typically wears khaki/brown uniforms with Standard Brodie helmets, although their outfit and equipment combinations varies somewhat throughout the singleplayer. The United Kingdom also serves as the friendly force during Basic Training and on the Practice Range.
- Assault - Soldiers wearing The Mechanic torso and The Wanderer legs can be seen in the 1940 and 1944 segment of My Country Calling and the end of Under No Flag, with them wearing white tunics and US M1 helmets in the former. They are equipped with STEN guns.
- Medic - Uses either a brown or white version of The Phantom torso with crutches on the back, and brown The Wanderer legs. In the 1940 and 1944 sections of My Country Calling, a Medic will revive the player if they are downed before their scripted death at the end of the sequence. Seen also in Basic Training, where the class wears a white version of the torso and is equipped with the Turner SMLE.
- Support - These troops wear the full The Wanderer set and carry the FG-42. Occasionally seen with Panzerfausts on their backs. Appear during the 1940, 1941, and 1944 segments of My Country Calling.
- Recon - Wears The Patriot top and The Wanderer legs and use only the Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk I. During The Last Tiger, they instead wear The Phantom top and The Patriot legs.
In Multiplayer, the United Kingdom is one of two multiplayer factions that appeared at launch, opposed by Germany on maps set in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, North Africa, and Greece. Although primarily based on the British Army as evidenced by available vehicles and voice-overs, the faction also includes cosmetic items from other real-world Allied powers such as the United States (such as the Flim Flam set), France (Liberté) and other resistance organizations.
- Churchill Crocodile (Squad Reinforcement)
- T48 GMC (Squad Reinforcement)
- Churchill Mk VII
- Churchill Gun Carrier
- Valentine Mk VIII
- Valentine AA Mk I
- Staghound T17E1
- Universal Carrier
- Staghound T17E1
- Valentine Mk VIII
- Valentine AA Mk I
- Valentine Archer
- Churchill Mk VII
- Churchill Gun Carrier
- The shoulder insignia of the British soldiers in Battlefield 1 reads "RAILWAY BTN. 17", which refers to the 17th Northumberland Fusiliers known as the North Eastern Railway Pioneers.
- The United Kingdom faction was originally known simply as the Allied Forces. This was changed with the addition of a separate USA faction in Battlefield V: War in the Pacific, although the United Kingdom can still be seen using cosmetic items from other Allied powers including the United States and Free France.