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Are we the baddies?

Sally Davis’ recent forays into the British archives dug up this comment on “Red” and “Blue” in the Royal Navy’s 1929 war game rules [CB 3011].


6 responses to “Are we the baddies?

  1. Joseph Saur 15/06/2021 at 7:50 pm

    Last I heard (from Devin Ellis), the PLA uses the same designators…8^) Joe

  2. Rex Brynen 15/06/2021 at 7:22 pm

    Interestingly, during the interwar period RN personnel in the Caribbean used red as aggressor, possibly because of interaction with the USN.

  3. brtrain 15/06/2021 at 6:05 pm

    British forces continued to use the Red = Friendly convention until 1949 when they switched form their own system to NATO standard.

  4. brtrain 15/06/2021 at 5:50 pm

    The practice of using Red as the “Aggressor” or enemy is originally French!
    It was adapted as NATO/Western usage because American forces in World War One fought with French commands, not British, and brought the staff work/ map-marking practice home with them – and as they assumed dominance in NATO, so it followed their standards and practices.

  5. Tracy Johnson 15/06/2021 at 5:26 pm

    We need to ask Master Chief in the Halo cartoon “Red vs. Blue” produced by Rooster Teeth.

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