- British/NATO Battle Group Drives to the Borders of Russia: The NATO Force Combating “Putin Aggression”
by MARCO GIANNANGELI, http://www.express.co.uk/, 2 April 2017
FOR six days we trundled along highways and byways from Germany through Poland, a cumbersome line of 286 armoured vehicles carrying 1,300 British, US and Romanian troops to the fringe of friendly Europe.
I was invited to witness first-hand the deployment of one of four battle groups made up from 18 nations to form a wall of steel from Estonia, in the north, to Poland, to defend Nato territory from Russia, should President Vladimir Putin threaten invasion.
To some, Battle Group Poland (BGP) is a new concept, the first time a Nato flag will fly in this strategically vital corner of the former Eastern bloc country, just 50 miles from Russian troops in Kaliningrad.
This is intended to show the alliance is serious about defending its borders with permanent forces, all armed, ready and willing to repel any attack. But for observers it harks back to the days of the “trip wire” between the East and West during the Cold War.
All vehicles in the battle group have seen their desert liveries repainted with a fresh coat of woodland green, another sign, they say, that the asymmetrical warfare of Iraq and Afghanistan may soon give way to the cold steel of conventional conflict.