French general to lead British troops for very first time

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    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

    Oct 10, 2015
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    The same is planned this year or the next,with the U.S. army.

    It's been hundreds of years since Britain worried about a Napoleonic invasion – and now it's done a complete about-turn, voluntarily inviting a Frenchman to help lead its army. France is reciprocating the move, welcoming a British officer into its military.
    The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the French brigadier-general, whose name has not yet been revealed, will begin leading the 1st (UK) Division when its commanding officer goes on leave in April.

    However, an army source told The Telegraph that the French officer will not be commanding British troops on the frontline.

    “The French brigadier general will be in command of British soldiers and if the general goes on holiday, then he will be in charge...but he won't be maneuvering us around a foreign battlefield anytime soon,”the source said.

    The unusual and unprecedented move is part of an exchange program aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations. In exchange, a British officer will take up a similar role in the French army.

    “These and the 17-plus posts that are exchanged between the French and British armies demonstrate the long-term commitment to providing security at home and abroad,” an army spokeswoman said, as quoted by the Guardian.

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