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Armed Forces (Combat Action)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the occasions upon which United Kingdom Armed Forces were involved in combat from 1945 to the present day, giving the date of the involvement, the location of the involvement and whether on active service or involved in combat.

The major occasions upon which United Kingdom Armed Forces have been in combat since 1945 are as follows:

1946–1949Palestine
1948–1960Malayan Emergency
1950–1953Korean War
1952–1956Kenyan Emergency
1954–1959Cyprus Emergency
1956Suez Operation
1957–1959Muscat and Oman
1962–1966Indonesian Confrontation
1964–1967Radfan and Aden
1972–1977Oman
In addition, since 1969 the Armed Forces have been involved in operations in support of the civil power in Northern Ireland.A state of active service automatically exists when any force is engaged in operations against an enemy—which includes all persons engaged in armed operations against Her Majesty's Forces.