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Started by EvadingGrid, Nov 10, 2011, 11:00:54 AM

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Fall back! British remaining 20,000 troops begin withdrawal from Germany 65 years after defeating Hitler

    * Force was left in place to deter Soviet advance from the East
    * Hundreds to return home in January as part of defence review
    * Half of remaining 20,000-strong force to leave by 2015, the rest by 2020 - 15 years earlier than originally planned

By Simon Tomlinson
Last updated at 1:46 PM on 10th November 2011

All 20,000 British troops will be withdrawn from Germany by 2020, bringing to an end a continuous presence since 1945, it will be announced today.

Under the Strategic Defence and Security Review, hundreds of military personnel will return home in January.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that an announcement will be made about the pull-out of UK forces, who have had a presence on the Rhine since the end of the Second World War.

The forces were initially tasked with ensuring the stability of Germany after the fall of the Nazis, but troops remained to deter the Russians from advancing from the East as Cold War tensions grew.

According to the Daily Telegraph, 1,800 troops will leave by January and another 8,200 by 2015.

The rest will be back by the end of the decade - 15 years earlier than first proposed.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2059745/British-troops-pulled-Germany-ending-continous-presence-1945.html#ixzz1dK58bm00