Top British General Claims troops were to prepare for World War III


Security on the world stage has changed since the invasion of Ukraine (Image: Getty Images / Reuters)

A senior British general has issued a chilling warning, claiming that all troops in the country must be prepared for the possibility of a third world war with Russia.

General Sir Patrick Sanders said Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine had shattered world security and peace.

But despite the stark message, he promised to mobilize an army that would beat Russia.

And he warned British troops they must now prepare “to fight again in Europe,” according to The Sun.

In a message on his fourth day on the job, he wrote: “There is now an urgent need to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.

“We are the generation that must prepare the army to fight again in Europe.

“I am the first chief of staff since 1941 to assume command of the army in the shadow of a land war in Europe involving a continental power.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underscores our core purpose – to protect the UK by standing ready to fight and win wars on land.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: In this handout picture provided by Clarence House, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attends a meeting with General Sir Patrick Sanders, Commander-in-Chief of the Rifles, at Clarence House, where he formally presented the Duchess with a brooch presented on behalf of The Rifles when she takes over as Colonel-in-Chief from The Duke of Edinburgh on October 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Clarence House via Getty Images)

General Sir Patrick Sanders issued a stark warning (Image: Getty Images)

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin seen at the plenary session during the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum SPIEF 2022 on June 17, 2022 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Most Western businessmen and executives will be absent from Russia's annual business forum amid harsh sanctions against Russia following the country's military invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin continues his invasion of Ukraine (Image: Reuters)

However, General Sanders would only lead a small army of 73,000 troops – the size of the American Special Forces.

But he promised to modernize the army so it could handle international crises.

General Sanders said the army must “repel Russian aggression with the threat of force.”

He added: “It is my sole duty to make our army as deadly and effective as possible.

“The time is now and we must seize the opportunity.”

Close-up of a soldier holding a British L85A2 assault rifle during a military training exercise in a rural setting.

British troops may have to fight in WW3 (Picture: Getty Images)

Tobias Ellwood, Tory Chair of the Defense Committee, added: “The scale of the ongoing threat from Russia shows that we have entered a new era of uncertainty.

“We need to reconsider some of the cuts we made to our conventional defense posture in the last integrated review.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed “not to cut our armed forces in any way”, but the army has lost 800 armored vehicles and 80 Challenger 2 tanks.

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