The ending of the Cold War saw a 40% cut in manpower of the British Army, as outlined in the Options for Change review. Despite this, the Army has been deployed in an increasingly global role. In 1991, the United Kingdom was the second largest contributor to the coalition force that fought Iraq in the Gulf War. The nation supplied just under 50,000 personnel and was the nation put in control of Kuwait after it was liberated.
Pictured here is a British soldier from the 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats), then participating in Operation Telic, the securing of Umm Qasr, Iraq, during 2003 and named "Aaron".