Further to this September post,
the Italians are indeed in along with others–company-sized contingents from Canada and the rest plus a Canadian HQ? NATO’s Secretary General makes the announcement:
I am proud to announce that many other Allies confirmed contributions to these forces today [Oct. 26].
Albania, Italy, Poland and Slovenia will contribute to the Canadian-led battalion in Latvia [coherence, effectiveness?].
Belgium, Croatia, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Norway will join the German-led battalion in Lithuania [coherence, effectiveness?].
Denmark and France will contribute to the UK-led battalion in Estonia [looks militarily sound–large British contingent with tanks].
And Romania and the United Kingdom will join the US-led battalion in Poland [pretty decent].
Our forces will be truly multinational. Sending an unmistakable message: NATO stands as one. An attack on any Ally will be considered an attack on us all.
In Warsaw, we said that we expected to deploy the four battalions in early 2017.
I am pleased to confirm that we are on track…
But how militarily effective might such motley crews be? Interesting that most northern and southern look best. And a tweet:
Good luck, tripwires.