Army ‘mobilised for new Cold War’: British troops return to Germany amid fears of Russia threat to Europe’s border 

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  • It comes three decades after Britain withdrew personnel after the end of the Cold War
  • Britain and its NATO allies are increasing their presence in the Baltic region
  • Allow a rapid response to any Russian attack in Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia

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British troops, tanks and equipment are being ordered back to Germany amid fears of a Russian threat to the Baltic states.

The move comes three decades after thousands of UK personnel were recalled after the end of the Cold War.

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But with the increasing presence of Russian troops on Europe’s eastern borders, Britain and its NATO allies are increasing their presence in the region.

This would allow a swift response to any Russian attack by Vladimir Putin’s forces in Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia.

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British troops, tanks and equipment being ordered back to Germany amid fears of a Russian threat to the Baltic states

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told lawmakers yesterday: ‘Preparation and presence deter our adversaries.

‘Sitting in Tidworth’ [military camp in Wiltshire] Doesn’t hold back an adversary like Russia which is constantly practicing and changing its preparation profile to keep us all guessing.

‘NATO countries are very concerned about that activity.’

Equipment needed to maintain military hardware, soldiers and civilian contractors will be returned next year to Seneleger in central Germany, an important training area for British soldiers after World War II.

Military figures hope the establishment of a NATO forward holding base in Germany will prevent the Kremlin from occupying the area.

Similar centers will be set up in Kenya and Oman to improve the UK’s operational reach in Africa and the Middle East.

Senelegar already has a training area of ​​45 square miles to practice large-scale maneuvers and an urban combat training center. Now its military infrastructure will be increased.

The move comes three decades after thousands of UK personnel were recalled after the end of the Cold War.

The move comes three decades after thousands of UK personnel were recalled after the end of the Cold War.

But since the base is 800 miles from the nearest Baltic state, former Defense Minister Tobias Ellwood suggested that a closer location should have been chosen.

He said: ‘The re-evaluation of NATO’s defense posture after Afghanistan is welcome, as the immediate security threat to Europe is once again from Russia.

“But as the frontline has advanced since the Cold War, it is surprising to see NATO moving its forward holding base further east to central Germany than further east.”

‘Poland would have been a better choice, or even one of the Baltic states. This would have given Russia a strong signal about the coalition’s commitment to stand with our allies.

The withdrawal to Germany was announced as part of the ‘Future Soldier’ ​​plan, the largest change of British military in a generation of government.

But with the increasing presence of Russian troops on Europe's eastern borders, Britain and its NATO allies are increasing their presence in the region.

But with the increasing presence of Russian troops on Europe’s eastern borders, Britain and its NATO allies are increasing their presence in the region.

Small Britain bases will be closed, historic regiments will be resized red and some units will disappear as the military is remodeled to meet modern challenges such as cyber warfare.

Five hundred soldiers of the 3rd Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps were informed yesterday that they were being disbanded, while the 3rd Medical Regiment (RAMC) was also being disbanded.

Soldiers would be reassigned or offered voluntary redundancies. Infantry would be hardest hit, with 3,000 positions.

In all, the army will shrink to 73,000 regularly trained soldiers by 2025, its smallest size for 300 years.

The Defense Ministry said last night: ‘Future Soldier is about delivering a modern British army that is fit for the challenges of the future.

Regional centers are being set up in Germany, Kenya and Oman. This forward deployment provides better interoperability for better global reach and faster response when needed.

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