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In a speech on Tuesday, General Sir Patrick Sanders, Chief of the General Staff, said Britain was facing its “1937 moment” and must be ready to act quickly in the face of “brutal aggression by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In his first public engagement since taking office, General Sanders said Putin and his “expansionist ambitions” posed the greatest threat to sovereignty, democracy and the freedom to live without violence he had ever faced.

General Sanders, who took office this month, said: “We are mobilizing the military to help prevent war in Europe by being ready to fight and win alongside our NATO allies and partners. . It will be hard work – a generational effort – and I expect all ranks to prepare, train hard and commit.

He compared the current situation to the run-up to World War II, saying Britain must be prepared to ‘act quickly’ to ensure it is not drawn into full-scale conflict by because of its inability to control Russia.

He said: “In all my years in uniform, I have never known such a clear threat to the principles of sovereignty and democracy, and the freedom to live without fear of violence, as the brutal aggression of the President Putin and his expansionist ambitions.

“This is our moment of 1937. We are not at war, but we must act quickly so as not to be drawn into it because we have failed to contain territorial expansion.

“I will do everything in my power to ensure that the British Army plays its part in averting war.”

He added that the British Army “does not mobilize to cause war, they mobilize to prevent war”.

General Sanders called the scale of the war in Ukraine “unprecedented”.

He said that ultimately deterring Russia “means more army ready more often and ready for high intensity war in Europe.”

He added that this includes everyone “from the general in the main building to the young lance corporal in the barracks, from the reservist on weekend exercise to the civil servant at army headquarters”.

The new chief of general staff told the army to focus on urban warfare and how to operate alongside planes and helicopters as the force replenishes its depleted stocks of weapons and of ammunition.

He said the mobilization of the army is “not the rush to war at the speed of the 1914 railroad timetables”, but rather an “acceleration of the most important parts of Future Soldier’s daring modernization program …an increased emphasis on readiness and combined arms training”. ”

Future Soldier is the name given to the army blueprints for his abilities.

His speech to the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) think tank in London on Tuesday June 28 comes after General Sanders wrote to all troops under his command saying they must prepare “to fight again in Europe”.

The former head of strategic command, who previously oversaw cyber in the army, added that ‘you can’t smash your way across the river’ in an apparent reference to millions of pounds being invested in cyber at the expense of traditional forces.

He said: “Now is the time to defend the democratic values ​​that define us. Now is the time to help our brave Ukrainian allies in their valiant struggle. This is the time when we stand with our friends and partners to keep the peace in the rest of Europe.

“This is our moment. Seize it.”

General Sanders said the Ministry of Defense needed to “replenish our stocks” after sending significant amounts of military equipment to Ukraine to help the country’s forces fight the Russian invasion.

Efforts to help Ukraine in the face of the Russian offensive have reportedly left the British military short in some areas, including anti-tank weapons and ammunition.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace was also due to speak at the military conference and is expected to issue a new call for increased spending in coming years following the invasion of Ukraine. by Russia.

He wrote to Chancellor Rishi Sunak in March ahead of his spring statement warning that UK defense spending is likely to fall below the NATO minimum of 2% of GDP by mid-decade unless the Treasury no longer commits resources.

The Defense Secretary said last week that Western allies would struggle to mount a long-term “offensive” war because they had not stockpiled enough munitions.

It comes after NATO pledged last night to increase the number of its rapid reaction forces from 40,000 to more than 300,000.

The announcement came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other NATO leaders prepared to meet in Madrid for a critical summit beginning on Wednesday.

The two-day summit will focus on bolstering NATO’s military support in Eastern Europe and reaffirming support for Ukraine months after the Russian invasion.

Leaders are also expected to discuss China’s growing global influence.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said member states should unveil a “transformative” approach to their security and defense strategy in what is expected to be the biggest overhaul of the Western military alliance since the end of the Cold War.

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