U.K. troops to leave Germany by ’19

AFP-JIJI

British troops will leave Germany by 2019, a year earlier than planned, ending one of the enduring legacies of World War II, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond announced.

Unveiling a plan worth £1.8 billion ($2.7 billion), Hammond said Monday that around 4,000 troops had already returned and another 11,000 would move back by 2016. The remaining 4,500 will be back in Britain by 2019. The government had previously said that all British troops in Germany and their families would be home by 2020.