Alarm Grows Over Weakened Militaries and Empty Arsenals in Europe

The British military—the leading U.S. military ally and Europe’s biggest defense spender—has only around 150 deployable tanks and perhaps a dozen serviceable long-range artillery pieces.

  • In fact, it’s so dire that last year the British military considered sourcing multiple rocket launchers from museums.

France, the next biggest spender, has fewer than 90 heavy artillery pieces, equivalent to what Russia loses roughly every month on the Ukraine battlefield.

  • Denmark has no heavy artillery, submarines or air-defense systems. 🇩🇪 Germany’s army has enough ammunition for two days of battle.

Alarm has grown as America has moved toward a more isolationist stance, and as the understanding of a potential threat to Europe from Russia re-emerges, after nearly two years of bloody fighting in Ukraine.

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