Britain to cut 30 percent of German troops

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9 March 2007, Moenchengladbach, Germany (dpa) - The British Army is to withdraw 30 per cent of its soldiers currently based in Germany and close its camp at Muenster, an army spokeswoman said in Moenchengladbach. Britain has had a large military presence in Germany since the Second World War and still has 24,000 soldiers at its German bases, where family housing estates, clubs and shops enable them to live in a little English-speaking world as at home. Spokeswoman Helga Heine gave no details on the Muenste

9 March 2007

Moenchengladbach, Germany (dpa) - The British Army is to withdraw 30 per cent of its soldiers currently based in Germany and close its camp at Muenster, an army spokeswoman said in Moenchengladbach.

Britain has had a large military presence in Germany since the Second World War and still has 24,000 soldiers at its German bases, where family housing estates, clubs and shops enable them to live in a little English-speaking world as at home.

Spokeswoman Helga Heine gave no details on the Muenster closure.

She said a feasibility study was under way on relocating a NATO ready-reaction force currently based in Moenchengladbach, with a report expected by the middle of this year. She said that either way, 70 per cent of the British troops would remain in Germany.

The previously announced closure of another camp, at Osnabrueck in northern Germany, by 2009 means nearly 2,500 soldiers and their tanks are due to leave. The nearby camp at Muenster has about 1,300 military personnel.

Troops from both camps are set to deploy to Iraq this November and move to Catterick in Britain afterwards instead of returning to Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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