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Shrunken army fears Russia could destroy it in an afternoon

Experts believe Britain could now deploy little more than a brigade of 5,000-10,000 troops

Experts believe Britain could now deploy little more than a brigade of 5,000-10,000 troops. Photo: David Moir

 

Defence cuts have “effectively removed” Britain’s ability to “deliver and sustain” an effective fighting force against a “competent” enemy such as Russia, according to the army’s think tank.

Years of squeezed budgets have resulted in the “hollowing out or deletion of the army’s deployed capabilities”, a paper from the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR) says. It warns that the risk of the army’s one remaining fighting division being wiped out in an afternoon will “weigh heavily” on commanders.

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