British Army unveils ‘Twitter troops’ for social media fight

The new unit, the 77th Brigade, will come into being in April modelled on the “Chindits” – a specialist, innovative unit which fought in Burma during the Second World War.

The unit’s focus will be on “unconventional” non-lethal, non-military methods such as “shaping behaviours through the use of dynamic narratives”, an Army spokesman said.

The brigade will be 1,500 soldiers strong, drawn from all three services and based in Hermitage, Berkshire.

Its brand of “non-lethal warfare” will mirror efforts by the Israeli and US armies to practice psychological operations as a key part of military strategy.

Hmm hope the Flip-Phone isn’t an indicator of prowess…