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The British Army in Germany

In line with the announcement of the Strategic Defence and Security Review of October 2010 it is the Government’s intention to rebase the British Army from Germany to the UK by 2020. Detailed planning of which units will move back, to where and when continues.

Currently the major concentrations of British Forces in Germany are in

  • Herford Station - HQ 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division
  • Bergen-Hohne Garrison - 7th Armoured Brigade
  • Paderborn Garrison - 20th Armoured Brigade
  • Gütersloh Garrison - 102 Logistics Brigade 
  • Rhine Garrison - HQ British Forces Germany

Army Basing Programme

On 5 March 2013 the Regular Army Basing Plan was announced and this will support the full implementation of the Army 2020 plan. The Basing Plan set out the location changes for the Army and also confirmed the drawdown of all units from Germany by 2020.

Celle Station, Münster Station and the Rheindahlen Military Complex have closed and that estate has been handed back to the German Federal authorities.

2013: The rebasing of HQ BFG from Rheindahlen to Bielefeld in summer 2013 has placed it at the centre of the remaining military population in Germany, from where it will be better able to provide key services to the remaining troops, their families and support staff.

2014: In 2014 a number of units will disband or amalgamate, allowing the closure of Hameln Station on the disbandment of 28 Engineer Regiment.

2015: Major rebasing moves from Germany will occur in 2015 when 7th Armoured Brigade units will move from Bergen-Hohne and Fallingbostel, Headquarters 1 (United Kingdom) Armoured Division will move from Herford, and 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment will rebase from Elmpt and Herford to Stafford, enabling the closure and release to the German Federal authorities of Bergen-Hohne Garrison and Elmpt and Herford Stations.

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