Britain must be ready to fight Russia in WW3, new army chief warns

The new commander of the British army has told the country’s soldiers that they must be ready to fight in a possible third world war.

The country’s chief general, Sir Patrick Sanders, has promised to build a military force capable of defeating Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.

General Sanders only assumed his new role on Monday but, in a message to his troops that evoked a chilling reminder of the Second World War, he wrote: “We are the generation that must prepare the army to fight again in Europe. now a burning imperative to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle. »



General Sanders wants an army capable of defeating Russia even though the number of troops in the country has fallen to its lowest level in 300 years

As Chief of the General Staff, however, General Sanders is now in charge of Britain’s smallest army since the start of the 18th century, with government cuts having reduced its size to 73,000 soldiers.

Even though Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged “not to reduce our armed forces in any way” in 2019, the military is also losing 800 armored vehicles and 80 tanks.

But General Sanders – the former rifle commander – understands the gravity and purpose of his new post and the situation in Ukraine, adding: “I am the first Chief of the General Staff since 1941 to take command of the army in the shadow of a country war in Europe involving a continental power Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underscores our main objective – to protect the UK by being prepared to fight and win wars on land .



General Sanders wants the army "protect the UK by being ready to fight and win wars on land" despite government cuts depriving them of 800 armored vehicles and 80 Challenge 2 tanks
General Sanders wants the military to ‘protect the UK by being ready to fight and win wars on land

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The 56-year-old has already led tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and is committed to modernizing the military, while also hoping to respond more quickly to crises abroad in the future.

If successful in these ambitions, it would help to strengthen NATO and “would deprive Russia of the possibility of further occupying Europe”.

General Sanders, who as commander of the Strategic Command from 2019 to last month oversaw all of Britain’s special forces, also insisted the military must ‘deter Russian aggression by the threat of force “, adding: “It is my singular duty to make our army as lethal and as effective as it can be. The time has come and it is up to us to seize the opportunity.

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