“If you desire peace, prepare for war.”“Even I was on the edge of my seat,” says one British Army officer who was there. It’s an unholy sum, and one that throws the state of the British Forces into stark comparison. Reports suggest that, at the current rate of striking, the British Army will field fewer than 70,000 soldiers within two years. Young men and women signed up in their thousands: average Army recruitment throughout the 2000s was 14,459 per year. But as Britain looks to the future, the official British Army motto might be a salutary reminder.