The "Ironhorse" armoured cavalry unit, with around 700 soldiers, some 20 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with Bradley and Stryker armoured fighting vehicles, is one of the most formidable U.S. military forces to be sent onto former Soviet soil, Censor.NET reports, citing Reuters. Several of the bases and training areas it will operate from were built for the old Soviet Red Army.
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"The purpose is to be a very visible demonstration of commitment to our allies," says Captain John Farmer, public affairs officer for the Ironhorse, formal designation of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
"We may take slightly longer to deploy than lighter forces, but there's nothing like a tank if you really want to achieve effect."
The U.S. military says it is the first time it has had to ship armoured reinforcements to Europe since the end of the Cold War at the start of the 1990s.
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