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3 Sep 1945 to 30 Jun 1948
British troops faced Jewish insurgents determined to create the state of Israel.
16 Jun 1948 to 31 Jul 1960
Britain fought a brutal but ultimately victorious war against ethnic Chinese communist guerrillas.
20 Apr to 31 Jul 1949
HMS Amethyst was shelled by communists as it tried to reach Nanking to protect the British embassy there.
27 Jun 1950 to 27 Jul 1954
Kim Il-sung, grandfather of North Korea’s current ruler, sent troops to overrun South Korea, which was rescued by UN intervention.
16 Oct 1951 to 19 Oct 1954
A British force of 80,000 stationed along the Suez
Canal Zone came under sustained attack by Egyptians.
21 Oct 1952 to 17 Nov 1956
Colonial troops fought a brutal war with Mau Mau guerrillas fighting for Kenyan independence.
1 Apr 1955 to 18 Apr 1959
Britain tried to hold its Cyprus colony against Eoka guerrillas who wanted union with Greece.
31 Oct 1956 to 22 Dec 1956
Prime Minister Anthony Eden launched an attempt to recapture the canal after Egypt had nationalised it.
1 Jan 1957 to 30 Jun 1960
Britain intervened successfully to protect the Sultan of Oman against rebels from across the Saudi border.
10 Jul 1960 to 30 Jun 1964
UN peacekeepers were deployed to avert civil war in the Congo after Belgians departed.
8 Dec 1962 to 23 Dec 1962
Britain sent troops to save Sultan (and Shell Oil’s huge investment in Brunei) from Indonesian-backed rebels.
24 Dec 1962 to 11 Aug 1966
Brunei rebellion was followed by war to keep both Brunei and Sarawak from being absorbed by Indonesia.
27 Mar 1964 to present
The United Nations has had a force in Cyprus since 1964 to keep the peace between Greeks and Turks.
25 Apr 1964 to 31 Jul 1964
Britain was desperate not to lose Aden. The first rebellion near the Yemen border was put down.
1 Aug 1964 to 30 Nov 1967
Ultimately, however, 30,000 British troops could
not hold the colony, which became the Republic of South Yemen.
17 Aug 1964 to 11 Aug 1966
During the Borneo war, Indonesia tried to open a new front by landing troops and rebels in the Malaysian mainland.
14 Aug 1969 to 31 Jul 2007
The worst toll British forces have suffered since 1945
was on UK soil, during the Troubles.
1 Oct 1969 to 3 Sep 1976
British troops were sent again to the aid of Oman’s reactionary Sultan, after a rebellion in Dhofar province.
1 Dec 1979 to 20 Mar
1980 British rule briefly resumed in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe as the white minority lost control, until power
transferred to Robert Mugabe.
2 Apr 1982 to 12 Jul
1982 Argentina’s military junta seized the islands in a bloodless takeover, but Margaret Thatcher sent a task force to dislodge them.
2 Aug 1990 to 7 Mar 1991
A coalition of states combined to force the Iraqis out of Kuwait after Saddam Hussein had ordered an invasion.
16 Jul 1991 to 30 Apr 2003
After the war, the US and UK enforced no-fly zones to protect Iraq’s Kurd and Shia and keep the pressure on Saddam.
1 Oct 1991 to 30 Sep 1993
The UN maintained a 20,000-strong force to oversee the transition after the Vietnamese army withdrew from Cambodia.
1 Jul 1992 to present
Nato intervened in Bosnia to prevent Serbs massacring Muslims and, in 1998, to wrest Kosovo from Serb control.
5 May 2000 to 31 Jul 2002
Tony Blair sent troops to restore Sierra Leone’s elected government, which had been ousted by Liberian-backed rebels.
11 Sep 2001 to 27 Oct
Longest modern war involving the UK began to remove al-Qaeda fighters protected by the Taliban.
20 Mar 2003 to 22 May
2011 Saddam said he had relinquished his weapons of mass destruction, as instructed by the United Nations. Tony Blair did not believe him.
19 Mar to 31 Oct 2011
David Cameron sent in troops to protect civilians from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s dictator of 42 years.
Total British military deaths since World War Two.
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