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1500–1599[]

  • 1537 The Overseers of the Fraternity or Guild of St George received a Royal Charter from Henry VIII on 25 August, when Letters Patent were received authorising them to establish a perpetual corporation for the defence of the realm to be known as the Fraternity or Guild of Artillery of Longbows, Crossbows and Handgonnes. This body was known by a variety of names since, but today is called the Honourable Artillery Company, and is the oldest regiment in continuous service in the British Army.

1600–1699[]

  • 1633 – The Royal Regiment of Foot (later the Royal Scots) is placed on the Scottish Establishment, later becoming the oldest infantry regiment in continuous service in the British Army.
  • 1650 – George Monck's Regiment is formed (later the Coldstream Guards).
  • 1656 – Lord Wentworth's Regiment is formed (later the Grenadier Guards).
  • 26 January 1661 – King Charles II issues warrant, becoming the acknowledged beginning of the British Army. This concerned an assemblage of English regiments and Scottish regiments brought south with Charles II. The British Army would not exist, however, for another 46 years, as Scotland and England remained two independent states, each with its own Army.
  • 1661 – The Scots Regiment of Foot Guards is formed (later the Scots Guards).
  • 1 October 1661 – The Tangier Regiment is formed (later The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), and became the most senior English infantry regiment in the British Army.
  • 1684 – The English withdraw from the Colony of Tangier.
  • 1688 – The War of the Grand Alliance begins.

1700–1799[]

1800–1898[]

1899–1918[]

Second Boer War[]

  • 1899
    • 11 October – War is declared.
    • 20 October – The first major battle of the war takes place at Talana Hill.
    • December – "Black Week", in which the Army suffered a series of defeats, takes place.
  • 1900
  • 1902
  • 1905 – The 5th Battalion, The Royal Garrison Regiment is the last British battalion to leave Canada.
  • 1908 – The Territorial Force (later Army) is formed.
  • 1911
  • 1912 – The Vickers machine gun is introduced into the Army; it remains in service until 1968.
    • 13 May – The Air Battalion Royal Engineers becomes the Royal Flying Corps. It remains part of the Army.

First World War[]

  • 1914
  • 1915
    • 26 February – The Welsh Guards becomes the last Foot Guards regiment to be formed.
    • 25 April – Landings at Helles, Gallipoli.
    • 10 August – Landings at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.
    • 22 October – The Machine Gun Corps is formed.
  • 1916
    • April – The Easter Rising in Dublin takes place .
    • 1 July – The First Day of the Somme begins; about 60,000 casualties are incurred, 20,000 of whom had been killed.
  • 1917
  • 1918
    • 11 November – The First World War ends with the signing of the Armistice.

1918–1939[]

1939–1945[]

1945–1990[]

  • 1 January 1948 – Four Gurkha regiments are transferred from the Indian Army to the British Army, forming the Brigade of Gurkhas.
  • 28 February 1948 – The 1st Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) becomes the last British regiment to leave India.
  • 1948 – The Malayan Emergency begins.
  • 1948 – The Army withdraws from Palestine.
  • 1 January 1949 – National Service, the new name for conscription, is introduced.
  • 1 February 1949 – The Women's Royal Army Corps is formed.
  • 1950 – The Korean War begins.
  • 1952 – The Mau Mau uprising in Kenya begins.
  • 1953 – The Army withdraws its garrison from Bermuda.
  • 1954 – The last troops leave Trieste, having been there since 1945 as part of British Forces Element Trieste.
  • 1955 – Occupying troops leave upon Austrian independence.
  • June 1956 – Last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone, Egypt.
  • 31 October 1956 – Operation Musketeer, the invasion of Suez begins.
    • 5 November – 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment dropped at El Gamil airfield.
    • 6 November – Amphibious landings take place; Army Centurion tanks land in support.
  • 1 September 1957 – The Army Air Corps is formed.
  • 1957 – The Sandys Review of the armed forces takes place.
  • 1961 – Army deploys troops to Kuwait after its request for British to deter invasion by Iraq.
  • 1962 – The Brunei uprising takes place.
  • 1963 – Last National Serviceman is discharged from the Army.
  • 1967 – Withdrawal from Aden after a period of time known as the Aden Emergency.
  • 1968 – The only year in the century when the British Army lost no soldiers in action.
  • August 1969 – British troops deployed to Northern Ireland to assist in stopping sectarian violence. It is the beginning of "The Troubles".
  • 5 May 1980 – Special Air Service ends the Iranian Embassy siege.
  • 2 April 1982 – Falklands War begins.
    • 28 May – 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 Para) defeat Argentinians at Goose Green.
    • 8 June – Bombing of RFA's Sir Galahad, Sir Tristram kills 48, including 32 Welsh Guards.
    • 12 June – 3 Para defeats the Argentinians at Mount Longdon.
    • 14 June – 2 Para takes Wireless Ridge.
    • 14 June – 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards defeat Argentinians at Mount Tumbledown.
    • 14 June – Falkland Islands are liberated upon the surrender of Argentinian forces.

1990–present[]

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