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The British Armed Forces, also known as His Majesty's Armed Forces, are the military services responsible for the defence of the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and the Crown dependencies.
During the later phase of the Chimeran War, the British Army was the only European military left resisting against the Chimera, with all the other European military forces having being either destroyed or gone underground.
Following the end of the Great War, Britain joined the European Trade Organization community and established closer relations with other European nations, and the British Armed Forces became part of the ETO's United European Defence. However, the sudden Chimeran invasion of mainland Europe shocked the community, and any goodwill relations that they previously shared deteriorated rapidly as nations seized each other's equipment and arms, desperately hoping to halt the unstoppable Chimeran invasion.
British forces were especially targeted as remnants of the UED felt betrayed by the British diversion of manpower and resources to Avalon One in Australia. Notably, after aid was diverted the UED expelled British forces from Europe and claimed of the 100 Royal Air Force P-1117 Kingfishers participating in fighting in Europe, only 8 survived combat. In reality, over 60 had survived, and the UED had murdered the crews to keep the VTOLs. Another notable incident involved crates of Chimeran metal alloy, identical to the alloy used in Chimeran dropship armor, had been recovered by RAF Transport Command in Gibraltar and was intended to be sent to Dover to be used on surviving VTOLs as armor plating. However, Maquis forces stole the package and kept it for themselves, and with the destruction of much of the Royal Air Force, no one was left alive to report the theft.
Chimeran invasion of the United Kingdom
Due to the Chimeran invasion of mainland Europe, the British were forewarned of the threat and were able to prepare for the Chimera's inevitable invasion of the British Isles. In preparation, British troops were deployed throughout the country, most being posted into different outposts throughout the British Isles. There were at least four bases identified that much of the Army was posted in. This included Central Command, Northern Command, Southern Command and Eastern Command. On October, 1950, the Chimera launched a full-scale assault on England.
Despite extensive preparation by the British Army, much of the country fell within days. Central Command in London, which contained 94,200 troops, was wiped out by the 10th of October, and was quickly followed up by the destruction of Eastern Command in Norwich, which held 20,000 troops. The devastating nature of the Chimeran onslaught frightened members of the British Intelligence Corps, many of whom deliberately kept the true nature of the deaths a secret from much of the British Army. Within the first three months, as a result of such losses, and unable to hold major cities, the remainder of the British Armed Forces quickly retreated into scattered military bases, but continued to wage a costly guerilla war against the Chimeran occupiers. It was also during the occupation that the Intelligence Corps discovered the nature of the Angels, and through unknown means, were able to successfully capture one, offering it in exchange with the United States for military support.
Operation Morning Star
By July 1951, with British numbers having been depleted significantly, the British and Americans were finally able to strike a deal. Both sides agreed to meet in York on July 11th, 1951, which had an extremely low Chimeran presence. On their way to the rendezvous, the British convoy was ambushed in Manchester where much of the original convoy's military unit were captured and sent into Grimsby, amongst those captured was the head of the British Resistance, Rachel Parker. As a result of this capture, the British were unable to warn the Americans of the Chimera, as many had been fooled by their government into believing that they were fighting Russians. Subsequently, the American resupply, Operation Deliverance, ended in disaster when 99% of the initial landing force was wiped out by Spire missiles in hours.
Manchester Recovery Operation
Concurrently, a desperate rescue attempt was launched by Captain Mitchell to recover the stranded convoy in Manchester. Outnumbered and outgunned, Mitchell's recovery team fought a losing battle for most of the morning, and awaited for reinforcements to support his men. Equally desperate to recover the Angel, the Chimera deployed Stalkers that prevented further aerial reinforcements from arriving in Manchester.
Shortly after the unexpected rescue of Captain Parker by American soldier Sergeant Nathan Hale from Grimsby, Hale had opted to join the strike force sent to reinforce Mitchell, rather than being sent to Northern Command to be fully analyzed and study for his apparent infection and immunity. With Hale's assistance, the tide turned against the Chimera and the British, alongside Hale destroyed the Stalker that was preventing aerial reinforcements from arriving. The Angel was recovered and sent back to Northern Command for containment.
British Intelligence noted the increased Chimeran activity in Nottingham, and discovered the excavation of Chimeran towers. As a result, the British decided to launch Operation Shear led by Lieutenant Stephen Cartwright, an extremely risky offensive to seal off the tunnel nexus. The operation was ultimately a success for the resistance, but it came at a cost, as several companies had been wiped out and Lieutenant Childress had been killed.
While British troops were pre-occupied with Operation Shear, the Chimera launched a covert offensive against Northern Command to recover the Angel and succeeded in eliminating the vast majority of the base's personnel. Prior to heading to Northern Command for debriefing, Parker ordered Cartwright to take a small Commando squad into Somerset, to investigate the increased Chimeran presence in a remote area. There, he and his men were ambushed in the town by Chimeran forces and unable to contact British forces, Cartwright's squad was eliminated.
Collapse of Northern Command
With subsequent attempts to contact Northern Command leading to no response, Hale and Parker went into the base, and were separated. Making his way through the facility, Hale encountered several captured Chimeran specimens and discovered the casualty estimates of the Chimeran War. Having arriving at the Angel containment cell soon after, Hale discovered the remnants of the base's personal attempting to prevent the Chimeran from regaining control of the Angel. An ambush by a Burrower was fought off, and Hale killed the Angel after it tried to control his mind.
Reuniting with Parker, Hale volunteered to investigate the whereabouts of Cartwright, who had failed to report in following the Chimeran ambush. Having rescued him, the duo quickly drove deeper into Cheddar Gorge, discovering the excavation of the Chimeran base in it. This single fact shocked the British Intelligence community, as many had initially assumed that the towers were built. It was during this time that the Chimera assembled a strike force to invade Southern Command. Following this discovery, Hale and Cartwright had decided to report back to Southern Command, along the way they noticed the power-conduits through the Gorge and made note of it in their map. Both men theorized that the conduits led to the London tower.
Fall of Southern Command
Finally arriving at Southern Command two hours later, the duo discovered the base under attack and quickly arrived to reinforce it. Having fought off the infiltration of the base, the threat of Goliaths forced the defenders to flee the base and head to the last British camp in Cardiff, Wales. Parker, Hale and Cartwright stayed behind to evacuate the remaining defenders and load up supplies. The attack, while ultimately unsuccessful, proved devastating for the British Army, as roughly 50% of the base's personal had been wiped out. Refusing to depart with the survivors, Hale instead decided to follow the map that Cartwright had given him, which detailed all the known power conduits leading to London, and following the map, he ended up in the Chimeran-infested tunnels of Bracknell.
Arriving at Cardiff, the remaining and depleted forces of the British Army rested for several hours before receiving a transmission from Hale, who noted that he was in London. Questioning the state of the weather, Hale suggested that if the tower in London was destroyed, so would the Chimeran forces occupying England. British Intelligence had dismissed the idea as absurd, but Parker, desperate was willing to place her faith in him. Contacting the nearby Americans, she successfully convinced them to join the remnants of the British Army to launch a full-scale attack on London.
Battle of London
During the subsequent Battle of London, the joint Anglo-American taskforce, led by Captain Buckler and Lieutenant Cartwright, launched a desperate attempt to hold off the Chimeran forces and destroy the Tower Bridge, to prevent Goliaths from interfering in their operation. Unfortunately, Alpha Company and Cartwright's team were wiped out in their attempt, forcing Hale to destroy the bridge alone. The task-force had quickly arrived at the Tower entrance and fought a long and arduous battle that saw hundreds of Chimera pour out of the tower. Cartwright was quickly wounded following a fight with a Widowmaker at another entrance of the facility and was left behind. Outnumbered, Victor Force had managed to infiltrate the tower, whilst the remaining task-force were quickly routed by the nearly endless hoards of Chimera pouring out of the facility, additionally the sudden arrival of Goliath's quickly wiped out much of the remaining soldiers still fighting. Fortunately, the distraction proved successful as the soldiers in the Tower destroyed its reactor core. Quickly evacuating, Parker attempted to extract Hale, but the destruction of the Tower forced her to abandon her efforts.
With the destruction of the Chimeran Tower in London came with the end of the Chimeran occupation, as hundreds of remaining Chimeran forces quickly died out following their loss of the Angel hive minds. Acting quickly, the British Army began scouring the country, and discovered 900 survivors hiding in underground bases and basements. Amongst the survivors found was Cartwright's youngest daughter, Angela Cartwright.
Following the end of the Chimeran occupation, the British quickly regained large swaths of their territory. By the end of 1951, England was secured and served as a jump-off point for an invasion into Western Europe. Additionally, the defeat of the Chimera in England led to the Maquis sending a representative to request British military assistance in the destruction of the Western European tower network. Having rebuilt its Armed Forces, the British readily agreed to such a request, and the Intelligence Corps sent in two squadrons to serve as reinforcements to the underground Maquis network. Launching at Dover, the First and Second Squadrons were led by now-Major Stephen Cartwright and Colonel Rachel Parker, respectively. The initial plan was to land in Rotterdam, Netherlands, before quickly carving a path straight to the Maquis stronghold of Luxembourg. Unfortunately, due to faulty Maquis intelligence, en-route to Rotterdam, the First Squadron was quickly besieged by three massive Chimeran anti-aircraft guns. Despite sustaining heavy losses, the efforts of Maquis mercenary James Grayson ensured that Second Squadron received a much smoother arrival into Rotterdam.
Bonn Conversion Center & Earth Movers
Shortly after, both Squadrons set up camp in the outskirts of the ruined city to further develop their invasion plans. Sending two teams to Germany, one team was led by Colonel Roland Mallery who headed into Bonn, Germany to infiltrate and investigate the Chimeran conversion center there, while another team, led by Cartwright would head to Gerolstein, Germany to stop the three Earth-movers deployed by Chimeran forces that would destroy the Maquis fortress in Luxembourg if it reached it. Having destroyed 2 out of 3 Earth-movers, Cartwright and his team sustained severe losses, rendering them unable to stop the third Earth-mover. As reinforcements would not arrive in time, Cartwright requested aid from Bouchard's team, who had just destroyed the Bonn conversion center. However, Bouchard ignored the request, and decided to abandon Grayson after he defied her request to leave the conversion center operational. Having already decided to assist Cartwright prior to his abandonment, Grayson utilized a previously stolen Hammer, and used it to carve through the Chimeran-infested trenches and successfully destroyed the Earth-mover, mere minutes before it would have arrived at the fortress. Despite their best efforts, the proximity of the Earth-Mover allowed the Chimera to discover the Maquis hideout, who launched a full-scale assault on the stronghold. Shortly after, Cartwright picked him up and both men headed for the besieged fortress.
Fall of the Maquis Fortress
Having been caught-off guard by the attack, the encircled joint defenders quickly mounted a desperate defense as they sought to evacuate all civilians to Reims, France, the Maquis last remaining safe-zone in Western Europe. Once again, the heroic efforts of Cartwright and Grayson ensured that the vast majority of all personal evacuated to Reims. However, in the chaos of the fighting, Dr. Claude Bouchard, Raine's father and the Maquis top scientist, was killed by a Burrower in his laboratory.
Now increasingly desperate, the Allied task force sought to destroy the Chrysalis Lair in Paris. Through this, they implemented a plan, where a large strike force led by Cartwright would launch a direct offensive on the tower, while a small unit would infiltrate the tower through the outskirts of the city. During the planning, an intense debate occurred over who would be sent to destroy the Lair. Bouchard volunteered, however, Grayson having discovered her infection in Luxemburg desperately opposed her involvement and attempted to prove her infection to Allied High Command. Regardless, due to Bouchard's experience with the conversion process, she was chosen and Grayson was quickly sent into the brig for his insubordination. Eventually, both Parker and Cartwright sensed something amiss when Bouchard and Mallery quietly disappeared from the base, hours before the invasion began. Both decided to free Grayson, and instead have him destroy the lair.
Assault on Chrysalis Lair
Hours later, the assault led by Cartwright had began and with the vast majority of Chimeran forces tied up, Grayson was able to follow Bouchard's trail largely undeterred. Exploring the catacombs beneath the city, Grayson was abandoned by Mallery, who also sought to discover Bouchard's location. It was during this time that the offensive began turning against the British-Maquis military forces. Arriving at the entrance of the lair, Grayson was ambushed by Mallery, who had deliberately infected himself with the Chimeran virus. Having killed him, Grayson thanked Cartwright who finally began ordering his forces to pull out of the city. Infiltrating the lair, Grayson was able to plant Dr. Bouchard's serum into the womb of the lair, subsequently destroying it. Shortly after, he encountered Raine, now transformed into a Hag-like creature known as the Chrysalis. After fighting a long and arduous battle, Grayson mercy-killed her shortly after she fully transformed.
With the destruction of the Chimeran hub network in France, Chimeran forces in Western Europe began similarly collapsing as a result of the loss of their hive mind. The victorious Allied task force set up a memorial for the fallen during Operation Overstrike, at which Parker offered the now reformed Grayson a commission of Major back in the Armed Forces. Grayson declined and decided instead to remain in the Maquis, attaining the rank of Colonel by 1953.
Allied offensive into Eastern Europe
Having celebrated their victory, the reconstituted Allied armies began reclaiming large swaths of land in Western Europe abandoned by the Chimera. Sometime in April 1952, having received word that the Chimera were on the verge of overrunning Africa, the Royal Navy evacuated 170,000 Africans from the continent's North and Western coasts, in spite of the low fuel shortages that the carriers were suffering.
In late 1952, with the aid of the United States, they were able to launch a major offensive, eliminating much of the Chimeran threat in Central Europe. However, sometime during that period, the Allied armies became tied down in the Balkans and Poland. During that time, the Chimera launched a covert offensive into the British Isles, with the intent of restoring its tower network and forcing Britain to recall its troops home to defend it, hence weakening the Allied lines. Fortunately, Colonel Parker was able to contact SRPA director Major Richard Blake, who agreed to deploy Specter Team into Axbridge, England in Operation Allied Shield. Undeterred by their loss, the Chimera attempted to launch another attack, this time in Bracknell, England, however with Specter Team already deployed in England, they were able to quickly mobilize and contained roughly 80% of the remaining Chimeran forces in England. The successful defense of both Bracknell and Axbridge proved decisive as the deaths of much of the Chimeran command structure left their continental towers poorly defended, leaving them open for attack by Allied forces.
Additionally, as the Allied forces began advancing deeper into Europe, both direct and indirect encounters with Cloven forces increased. Largely deemed non-violent, soldiers were nevertheless ordered to avoid any contact with the Cloven. Such indirect encounters include, a joint British-Maquis assault on a conversion center in Hamburg on December 31st, discovered that all the Chimera in the facility had been killed, presumably by Cloven. Another included an incident In January of 1953, where British reconnaissance forces in Czechoslovakia having discovered 11 destroyed Drone construction facilities.
Collapse of the Allied offensive
Despite these success, during the Battle of Warsaw, Colonel James Grayson had disappeared, leaving many pondering his fate. Despite this, rumors from Russian refugees suggest that Grayson was indeed alive and had been given the nickname of "Cloven Killer". Regardless, by mid-late 1953, the joint-British and Maquis forces were near the collapsed Red Curtain, and began making plans to enter Russia. However, the sudden collapse of the United States following the fall of the Liberty Defense Perimeter grounded the Allied offensive to a halt. Taking advantage of the sudden halt, Chimeran forces launched a counter-offensive that effectively reversed the gains made by Allied forces.
Second invasion of the United Kingdom
Having been steadily pushed back, by 1957, the Chimera had overrun much of Western Europe once again, and had launched another offensive into England, pushing the frontline to Wales. The losses suffered by the British was enormous as they had been once more reduced to a guerilla force. It was also roughly during this time that Cartwright had been promoted to the rank of General. It is unknown what happened to the British forces shortly after the end of Resistance 3, however it is heavily implied that with successes reported worldwide, the British were finally able to push Chimeran forces out of England and rebuild their country.
Many recruitment posters and hand-painted recruitment signs can be seen during the campaign of Resistance: Fall of Man. This indicates that the British Army were in need of new recruits in the wake of the Chimeran invasion. Many of these advertisments are based on real-life recruitment posters that were used during World War I and World War II.
Known British Army personnel
- Field Marshall Douglas Braithwaite
- General Stephen Cartwright (formerly Major)
- Colonel Rachel Parker (formally Captain)
- Lieutenant Colonel Hamish Robson
- Lieutenant Colonel Canning
- Wing Commander (RAF equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel) Robert Greenwood
- Squadron Leader (RAF equivalent to Major) Eric Hudson
- Captain Mitchell
- Captain Carl Glover
- Captain Buckler
- Lieutenant Sean Wickham
- Lieutenant Everly
- Lieutenant Childress
- Sergeant Hamlin
- Sergeant McIntyre
- Sergeant Drake
- Corporal Lewis
- Private James Grayson (Formally Lieutenant)
- Doctor Ian Coxen
- Doctor Thomas Yearling
- Doctor Seaver
- Donovan Cooley
- Roger Cosby
- Anne Greenwood
- The Great War
- Chimeran invasion of the United Kingdom
- Operation Morning Star
- Operation Overstrike
- Battle of Rotterdam
- Siege of the Maquis Fortress
- Battle of Paris
- Offensive into Eastern Europe
- Battle of Warsaw (presumably)
- The British Army is sometimes referred to as the British Resistance.