The Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, Patrick Sanders, urges the population to prepare for war with the Russian Federation. He suggests that Britain can no longer rely on a small professional army and must train a “citizen army” in the event of a large-scale land war.
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According to the British press, by the “citizen army” the chief of the general staff does not mean the introduction of conscription, which the government strongly opposes, but the training of reserves and the creation of an army structure that would allow the rapid mobilization, arming and deployment of large numbers of soldiers.
Britain’s outgoing chief of the general staff – he will leave his post in June – has long advocated halting the process of downsizing Britain’s army. Within three years, Britain would have to raise an army of 120,000 men, including the “strategic reserve”, meaning retired military personnel. These measures are necessary to prepare citizens for a possible war with the Russian Federation, announced the commander-in-chief of the British army.
According to the general, in order to win the upcoming war, it is necessary to take measures that guarantee the combat readiness of society at the moment “when it is necessary”. Sanders pointed out that it would therefore be wise to lay the foundations for a “national mobilization”.
“Preparatory measures, so that our countries can switch to a military regime if necessary, are not only desirable, but even necessary now. We will not be left defenseless and like the pre-war generation, we too must prepare and it should be the whole nation’s business,” the military commander said.
“Ukraine shows with all its rigor that regular armies start wars, but civilian combat formations win,” said the chief of the general staff, speaking at the International Armaments Conference in London.
In 2022, shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine, General Sanders said that Britain must remember the lessons of the 1930s to avoid being unprepared for war with an aggressor again.
Similar warnings and calls for more spending on the army have been issued by other senior British military officials.
Meanwhile, the British media “The Telegraph” reports that for the first time in 15 years, the United States plans to deploy nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom again, as the potential threat from Russia increases. The nuclear warheads, which would have three times the power of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, would be stationed at Britain’s Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath, Suffolk.