“With the reductions, horses in the British Army now outnumber tanks by a 2-1 ratio…”
In a strange twist of irony, at the same time the 100th anniversary of the First World War is commemorated, the British Ministry of Defence reports due to massive slashing of the nation’s military budget, the Armed Forces of the Crown will have more horses than tanks. As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal and also London’s The Independent, both on Aug. 2, 2014, the nation that invented the armored tank will now revert back to the days of WWI when the United Kingdom measured horsepower by the hoof instead of how powerful the engine.
While many in Great Britain considered heavy armor and heavy artillery to be the weaponry of a bygone era, the recent military flare-ups in the Ukraine and the Gaza Strip has caused more than a few of our British cousins to re-think their decision to trim the fat from certain branches of the British Armed Forces with the proverbial chainsaw instead of a breaking knife.
The British government’s military review in 2010 ordered the Armoured Corps cut by a full 40 percent, while the funding for the Army’s Royal Artillery would be slashed by 35 percent. The slashing of Britain’s famed Armored Corps has transformed the country’s Tankers from the envy of generals across the globe, to 65th in total tank strength of all the world’s tank forces. Nations with numerically superior tank forces include the likes of Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Uruguay, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and Spain.
The remaining two regiments have been consolidated into a single unit, the Royal Tank Regiment. With only a total of 56 Challenger II heavy tanks assigned to the new lash-up, it curiously is commanded by no less than a Lieutenant General. There is, however, 100 other various tanks weaved into the Table of Equipment for both the King’s Royal Hussars and the Queen’s Royal Hussars. With the reductions, horses in the British Army now outnumber tanks by a 2-1 ratio.
With the fall of Germany and the rest of the Central Powers at the end of WWI, Britain led the world with 25 tank regiments fighting for King and Country. Less than 30 years later at the end of the Second World War, the Brits fielded an impressive 44 tanks regiments that took on Hitler, Tojo and Mussolini. Even in 1990 after the fall of the Soviet Union, the British Army was capable of going to war with four fully strengthed armored regiments weighing in with almost 800 state of the art tanks.