|According to an article written by the respected defence correspondant Robert Fox, the UK is mobilising a new brigade (52nd Brigade) for deployment in Afghanistan.
"The plan is that the newly mobilised 52 Brigade from Scotland should deploy four fighting battlegroups of 1,000 men each in late summer, three groups in Helmand, plus a fourth for training the Afghan army. This is almost three times the fighting power of the Commando Brigade which leaves in March."
According to the MOD website, the UK has 7 deployable brigades in two divisions (1st Armoured and 3rd Mechanised) and none of these are the 52nd Brigade (which appears to be a training brigade). Has the British Army quietly managed to up its number of brigades by one, or is this just a poor piece of journalism?
Also, the article suggests that with four 1,000-man battlegroups, the brigade will pack 3 times the offensive power of the Royal Marines currently deployed. With two commando's out in Afghanistan (each of which is bigger than an infantry battalion) surely the replacement force isn't 3 times as powerful?
Anyone got any light they can shed on this article?