Looking at the list published today of UK army units to be merged or abolished, I reckon that they have all been here before: during the Cardwell reforms of the mid-nineteenth century, the amalgamations of the late 1920s, the next wave of such mergers in around 1958, and several more since. This lot have probably known for some time, so it is hardly a tragedy if the Green Howards go the way of the York & Lancaster Regiment for example. It woould have been a little different if, as rumoured, the Coldstream Guards had been stood down. I just hope the coalition recycle the savings into preparing for the next war, which wll be dominated by cyber attacks and drones. The Royal Corps of Cyber Engineers has a certain ring to it, does it not?
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