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NATO Multinational Battlegroups In The East Of The Alliance

Library image of Canadian infantry supported by Polish main battle tanks from eFP BG LAT deployed in 2017 [© Bob Morrison]

NATO’s multinational battlegroups are a vital part of NATO’s deterrence and defence posture in the eastern part of the Alliance.


“What we provide here is a really potent force that is able to not only deter but defeat an aggressor.”

© NATO Multimedia

It’s been five years since NATO deployed four multinational battlegroups to its eastern flank. The battlegroups, stationed in the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – as well as in Poland, were one of several measures announced in response to Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine in 2014.

Library image of American Second Dragoons and British Light Dragoons from NATO eFP BG POL deploying through Poland in 2017 [© Bob Morrison]

As they commemorate their fifth anniversary, the battlegroups, led by Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, remain combat-ready, demonstrate the strength of the transatlantic bond between Europe and North America, and make clear that an attack on one Ally would be considered an attack on all.

Library image of Norwegian armour from NATO eFP BG LIT deploying into the vulnerable Suwalki Gap in 2017 [© Bob Morrison]
Library image of the initial British-led eFP BG EST deployed in eastern Estonia in 2017 [© Bob Morrison]
Library image of Latvian infantry supported by the eFP BG LAT during urban warfare training in 2017
[© Bob Morrison]

After Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February 2022, NATO announced the formation of four more battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

This recently released NATO Multimedia video examines the role of the battlegroups, how they train and operate, and what they bring to the Alliance. Featuring interviews from battlegroup commanders, it also looks back at the deployment of the battlegroups and the cause of their placement in the east of the Alliance.


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