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Estonia: French and British deploy

The first British tanks (re) land on the continent (Credit: MOD UK)

(B2) French and British begin to deploy in Estonia as part of NATO redeployment intended to reassure the Baltic countries. The first British vehicles thus landed in Estonia after stopping in Emden, Germany, to load Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, Challenger 2 tanks and AS90 self-propelled artillery guns, as well as terrier, titan and trojan engineering vehicles. The vehicles took the road to Tapa, the final destination of the battle group. A first detachment of 120 people, from the 5th Rifles under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Wilson, arrived at the end of last week.

The French chose the railway to reach Estonia. The delivery of military equipment continues » clarified the general staff of the armed forces during its last press briefing. The first train carrying light armored vehicles (VBCI) arrives at the end of the week in Tallinn. After the VBCI, it is the Leclerc tanks which are today in the loading phase in mainland France. The transfer will last until the end of March, with a final addition by air. A precursor echelon of 50 soldiers from the 2nd RIMA (the 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment) has already arrived on site, Monday (March 20), by plane (with the good old Transalls still on duty), responsible for preparing the welcome material in transit. At the beginning of April, they will “ receive the reinforcement of the 250 soldiers who will complete this deployment ».

The Franco-British battlegroup will complement the Estonian defense forces. A wide range of exercises and operations are planned with the 1st Estonian Infantry Brigade, it is specified in London. “ This is the start of one of the largest deployments in Eastern Europe since the Cold War – underlined the British Defense Secretary, Michael Fallon. " By the end of next month we will have 800 British troops armed with tanks ready to reassure our allies and underline our commitment to Europe's security. »


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

2 thoughts on “Estonia: French and British deploy"

  • Charles Hoursain

    The “anti-Russian” paranoia imposed by the Americans continues its way, because if the said Americans had not decided that their new enemy was Russia, here, in Europe, we would have continued to live in good relations with this Russia.. There would not have been this obedience - the finger on the seam of the pants - of our leaders, with regard to any ban on trade with the Russians. trade with this country and the Europeans have lost a lot in their agricultural trade. It should be noted that the British are totally subservient to the American armies.

  • Uh, do the French know that the Baltic countries are not on the UIC but Russian rail gauge and that consequently no train coming from Poland can go up to Riga?
    But hey, we're not ready for a detail 🙂

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