Army to shrink to smallest size since 1700s under new defence plans

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced new defence plans in the House of Commons.

The size of the British army will be reduced to 72,500 personnel, and the RAF will have its air cargo and personnel carriers drastically cut as part of the biggest overhaul of the armed forces in decades.

The army will shrink to its smallest size since the 1700s but will be reorganised to face modern threats and £23bn will be invested in technology.

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