British tanks will return to Germany to fend off the growing Russian threat

Other reforms unveiled in Parliament on Thursday include resetting units in the UK near traditional recruiting areas.

The Queen’s Dragon Guard, the only Welsh Cavalry Regiment, will be stationed at Cairwent, Monmouthshire, and two regiments of Scottish infantry will move to Leutchards and Edinburgh.

The Army has had tanks and other armored vehicles stationed in Estonia for five years as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission to deter Russia.

Under the new plans, the additional tanks will be stationed in Sennelager, Germany, at the Nato Forward Holding facility, meaning a fully armored brigade will be based on the continent for the first time since the withdrawal after the 2010 Defense and Security Strategic Review.

No additional troops will be sent to Germany. Instead, the units would cycle through the Sennellager using the tanks in the exercise or preparing them for deployment to Estonia.

In an interview with Telegraph in 2010Liam Fox, the defense secretary at the time, said Britain was withdrawing its tanks from Germany because “the Russians are not coming over the European Plain any day soon.”

“We have to look at where we think the real risks will come from, where the real threats will come from and we need to deal with that accordingly,” he said, adding that the military should only be made up for a “realistic potential future.” threats”.

Defense leaders believe these threats have surfaced. A security source in Whitehall told The Telegraph that Russian military activity on the Ukrainian border It was “aggressive” and “disturbing”.

Lt. Gen. Ralph Wooddis, of Army Field Commander, said he recognized “the antiquated nature of much of our equipment,” adding “that has to change” and the Army in the future will “focus more on prevention than treatment.”

“That doesn’t mean we’ll lose the fighting muscle we’ve been working so hard to develop over the past few years…but that has to come with recapitalization.”

He said that every unit of the army will be affected by the changes.

Union support

The proportion of the army stationed in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be maintained or increased by 2025 under the new plans.

This will be boosted by approximately £3.35 billion from the defense property improvement budget, and another £1.2 billion from the Army’s existing infrastructure budget will be spent on the remaining sites.

Brigadier General John Clark, the Army’s head of strategy, said the money would provide “benefits across the Union.”

Under the reform plans, Scotland would be home to more units and a greater proportion of the army’s workforce than it is now.

Glencourts Barracks near Edinburgh will be retained, while Kinloss and Leuchars bases will be expanded.


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