Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Of 193 countries in UN, Great Britain has invaded or fought conflicts with 171.
Check just a few:
* Cuba, where in 1741, a force under Admiral Edward Vernon stormed ashore at Guantánamo Bay. He renamed it Cumberland Bay, before being forced to withdraw in the face of hostile locals and an outbreak of disease among his men. Twenty one years later, Havana and a large part of the island fell to the British after a bloody siege, only to be handed back to the Spanish in 1763, along with another unlikely British possession, the Philippines, in exchange for Florida and Minorca.
*Iceland, invaded in 1940 by the British after the neutral nation refused to enter the war on the Allies side. The invasion force, of 745 marines, met with strong protest from the Iceland government, but no resistance.
* Vietnam, which has experienced repeated incursions by the British since the seventeenth century. The most recent – from 1945 to 1946 – saw the British fight a campaign for control of the country against communists, in a war that has been overshadowed by later conflicts involving first the French and then Americans.
Included are Great Britain"s rowdy, privateering pirates days that saw raiding Ops on the Spanish Main like Costa Rica, Ecuador and El Salvador.
The only nation/states Great Britain never hit on are
Central African Republic
Congo, Republic of
Sao Tome and Principe
Pic - "To Rule the Waves!"