Historic battalions set to be axed in defence cuts

Defence secretary Philip Hammond will tomorrow announce which areas of our armed forces will be affected by a round of cuts to the defence budget.

By 2020, troop numbers are to fall by a fifth to 82,000, which will result in the axing of some of Britain's most historic battalions. They are thought to include:

  • 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment - will likely be renamed as sister 2 Yorks is scrapped
  • 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (known as 5 Scots)
  • 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh - will likely be merged with 1 Royal Welsh
  • 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers