It looks like the Conservatives have finally woken up to what should have been done years ago, withdraw the British army completely from Germany. Yellow Handbags, Wolfgang and Snow Queen aside, BAOR/BFG had its day and has been a huge drain on resources in terms of housing, LOA and all the other niff naff involved in maintaining garrisons in foreign parts. The usual irrelevant arguments have already appeared on ARRSE: weÂ´ve just signed 30 year leases (so what), we contribute to the German economy (how about contributing to our own?), where will we put the withdrawn units in the UK? That is the interesting one. We are talking about predominantly heavy units, so we need to ask, do we need heavy units? If we no longer consider it to be strategically necessary to maintain heavy units in Germany, why have them at all? If our strategic focus is to be on light, rapidly deployable expeditionary ops, why do we maintain CR2? So I put it to you that the age of the MBT is over. ItÂ´s had a good innings, but probably wonÂ´t make its century. Just as the Cavalry regiments have spent the last 70 odd years on a nostalgia trip for the days of the horse, the RTR will soon know how it feels to hanker after an obsolete way of life.