British troops to leave Germany by 2019

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  1. SajeevJino

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    British troops to leave Germany by 2019


    British troops will leave Germany by 2019 -- a year earlier than planned -- ending one of the enduring legacies of World War II, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday.


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    Unveiling a €1.8 billion ($2.7 billion, 2.1 billion euros) plan, Hammond said around 4,000 troops had already returned and another 11,000 would move back by 2016. The remaining 4,500 will be back in Britain by 2019.

    The government had previously said that all British troops in Germany and their families would be home by 2020.

    The speeded-up return of the troops will lead to a shake-up of army bases to accommodate them when they return. Four will close and parts of three others will shut to allow resources to be concentrated on bases where the returning forces will be stationed.

    They will be based at seven sites, including Salisbury Plain in southwest England, Edinburgh and Leuchars in Scotland, Catterick in northern England and Colchester in southeast England.

    There has been a British army presence in Germany for 70 years, but the end of the Cold War necessitated a change in thinking.

    Hammond told parliament: "The return of the British Army from Germany marks the end of an era and I want to put on record the huge debt of gratitude we owe to the German government and the German people for the support, both moral and material, they have shown our Armed Forces over more than six decades."

    The plan will see around €1 billion of the funding go towards 1,900 new houses for service families and accommodation for 7,800 single soldiers.

    Another € 800 million will be spent on infrastructure and refurbishment of bases

    British troops to leave Germany by 2019 - thenews.com.pk
     
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    they still stayed in Germany all these years for what?? still lack of trust among another euro nation
     
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    didn't get your point.the article points the military presence of British since ww2 by an agreement ,NATO formed way later

    'British troops will leave Germany by 2019 -- a year earlier than planned -- ending one of the enduring legacies of World War II, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday.'

    'There has been a British army presence in Germany for 70 years, but the end of the Cold War necessitated a change in thinking.'
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    NATO Treaty was signed in 1949.
     
  7. afako

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    Was it NATO or Potsdam Agreement?
     
  8. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Latter was in 1945, I believe.

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    All Foreign troops should leave German soil,unless they spend a lot for it,what they do.

    Can any one tell me does US,Britain officially pay Germany for their bases in Germany?
     

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