Idly perusing Wikipedia, I saw that the Danish Army now consists of about 25,000 men (and women), 63,000 reserves, and about 600 tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles.
Modest on the world scale, of course, but I now see that the British Army, once mighty, now has only 82,000 active personnel, little more than three times the Danish equivalent, and only 30,000 reserves.
In fact, proportionately, Denmark has far more troops than does the UK, because the population of Denmark is less than a tenth of that of the UK.
Of course, mere numbers are only part of the story in the contemporary era, where technology plays such a big part. All the same, numbers are still part of the story.
At the end of the Second World War, the total strength of the British Army was over 3 million, and even in 1980, just before the Falklands campaign, 159,000 active and 63,000 reserves.
The notional 82,000 active troops in 2021 would be the lowest muster since 1780. Of course the population was then a fraction of what it now is: even in 1801, when the first British census was taken, England and Wales had only 10.5 million inhabitants (and Ireland about 5 million, interestingly).
As said, numbers are only one factor. As said, technology is also key. So, however, are factors such as morale, motivation etc. Those, at least, have not changed since the time of Napoleon, and indeed of Clausewitz. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_von_Clausewitz.
One hears of and sees, in the cheaper newspapers, stories of how drug abuse is rife in the British armed forces, not to mention drunkenness (that, of course, is scarcely a new problem!).
The British armed forces overall have about 10% of their numbers women. How effective they are is a question for others to answer.
As to the Army generally, one sees reports that of the 82,000 active soldiers claimed, only about 50,000 are actually fit for duty. In any case, very many are what the Americans call “rear echelon” forces, not frontline fighting men. Not that that means that those rear forces are useless. Napoleon himself pointed out that “an army marches on its stomach“, and in the modern era a fighting spearhead needs a very broad rear support, everything from supply and logistics to pensions and banking.
Still, at a time when the clownish political leadership of the UK seems intent on provoking Russia, I wonder how our forces would, if push came to shove, stack up against at least the more elite Russian contingents.
Britain and all Europe should be standing with Russia at this time. Contra Zionism. Contra Islamism. Spiritual Eurasia, contra mundum, if necessary.
Well, once again I beat political journalist John Rentoul. My score was 8/10 this week. I did not know the answers to questions 6 and 7.
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Exactly. Nowhere, arguably, is that more obvious than in the UK.
Sadly misguided. The places where the “hundreds of thousands” need to go, suitably prepared, are not the beaches of Kent and Sussex, but the TV studios, radio stations, the “newspaper” propaganda offices, the Westminster monkeyhouse, and other System installations of importance.
Wherever Jews have power, non-Jews eventually become victims or slaves. Look at history. The ridiculous thing is that, in the UK, many of those who oppose Jewish supremacism in Israel or occupied Palestine, effectively support the Jewish lobby in Europe, eg in the UK itself; they pay lip-service to the “holocaust” farrago, in particular, and applaud the Zionist efforts to destroy free speech.
“Millennial Woes” has now been removed from YouTube and is only on Odysee. More censorship…
Worth listening to.
Controlled-opposition kingpin Farage. Was he paid millions, or tens of millions, offshore, as a reward for stabbing his own Brexit Party in the back in 2019, thus ensuring a Boris-idiot “Conservative” government (and ensuring, also, the binning of Corbyn, so that the Jewish lobby could retake control over the Labour Party)? Maybe (I do not know). Will he get a “peerage” (absurd and almost valueless though they now are)? Maybe (I do not know). Farage’s crony, Claire Fox, is already elevated to the Lords…
Sink them all, in the Channel, if that is the only way.
Yet more music
Griffin is right. He must be— he is in agreement with me!
Good to see resistance in Rotterdam and Vienna.
Wien! Not a government window in Vienna should remain intact until the Covid police state is stood down! Kristalltag jetzt!
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Hello Ian: Yes, the British army must be a pathetic, useless outfit full of wimpish Millenials, pansies, females and coloured untermenschen. An army is the reflection of the society to which it belongs. The Russians would wipe them out in the blink of an eye (LOL)
You are very Russian today! I would like to contribute with a video about the beautiful Stroganov Palace:
Here is some information about the Stroganov family:
There are good effective parts of the British Army (and other forces, eg Royal Marines) but they are a small minority, as far as I can see.
Thank you for the Stroganov information.