British army leaves Osnabrück after 62 years

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From The Observer: Garrison town fears slump as army pulls out.

 

 

Six decades after the British Army parked its guns in Osnabrück, the Tommies are leaving this week. The retreat will punch a hole in the earnings of the town's small businesses and end a bittersweet relationship between old enemies and new friends.

 

Osnabrück was a ruin in 1945 when the British army took up tenancy in undamaged Wehrmacht barracks. Down the years exuberant Saturday nights sparked cultural misunderstandings which, fuelled by good beer, led to a bit more damage in the surrounding hostelries.

 

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The Osnabrück base was officially vacated last Saturday (July 12, 2008).

 

In the 1980s there were around 58,000 British soldiers based in Germany. The MOD are looking to reduce that to 15,000 by the year 2014. This number will then remain for many years to come, so as to meet the UK's commitment to its NATO responsibilities.

 

Website: Osnabrück Garrison

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The last troops left Osnabrück yesterday(31.3.09) the Garrison commander flew from Hannover to the UK after presenting the Mayor with the lectern that the garrison had used for all its presentations in the last 20 years!!

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As a non-military person, can anyone please tell me why British and American troops are still in Germany. I thought there was some kind of arrangement that all non-german military personnel were supposed leave way back in 1994. That's when the Russians left and also when many British barracks were closed. Is it something to do with Nato?

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so as to meet the UK's commitment to its NATO responsibilities.

 

Is it something to do with Nato?

Hmmm, might be. Perhaps it was the uppercase that threw you off.

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