20,000 British troops begin withdrawal from Germany 65 years after defeating Hitler

(Daily Mail)   All 20,000 British troops will be withdrawn from Germany by 2020, bringing to an end a continuous presence since 1945, it will be announced today.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

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