SOLDIERS from Hampshire’s army regiment are being investigated following allegations of a brutal assault at a barracks in Germany.
Two corporals from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment – The Tigers – are reported to have beaten up a 22-year-old soldier who had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The attack at the battalion’s base in Paderborn, Germany, apparently happened after the soldier refused to buy the troops a beer in a local bar.
Reports said he was pulled out of bed and beaten with a chair so severely he needed a tracheotomy – a pipe inserted into his throat – to help him breathe following the attack.
The victim had just returned unscathed from a seven-month deployment leading patrols to find hidden roadside bombs in Nad-e Ali district, Helmand.
He has been flown back to the UK for treatment after he reportedly crawled out of his bedroom window to escape the two corporals who are said to be under investigation by the Royal Military Police.
An MoD spokesman said: ‘Action will be taken against all those who fall short of the army’s high standards.’