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AUKUS and the Indo-Pacific. A tilt to it, yes. A lunge, no

Posted On: 25 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Conservative Home

In a chapter of their book on Britain's defence capability, White Flag , our proprietor and Isabel Oakeshott describe “Operation Tethered Goat”. It sets how in the event of a Russian incursion a small NATO force would attempt to defend a 65-mile stretch of the Polish-Lithuanian border “straddled ominously by Kaliningrad to the west and the Russian satrapy of Belarus on the east.”
“If Russia were to attempt to close the gap, NATO's only option would be to punch north with the US-led brigade based here. Until then, it would be up to the Baltic states to hold their ground, supported by small detachments of NATO forces stationed inside their borders.
“One of those forces would be headed by a small but fierce battalion of UK troops stationed in Tapa, Estonia. Some 800 troops from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh are here, supported by smaller deployments from other member states”. The isolation and vulnerability of our troops gives rise to the operation's grim nickname.
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