Putting female soldiers on the front line is a "social engineering experiment" that will be paid for "in blood", a former British military chief has said.
Former Colonel Richard Kemp, the commander of British forces in Afghanistan in 2003, said women - who are currently unable to join infantry battalions - will become a "weak link" if they are allowed to join frontline units.
In an article in The Daily Telegraph he blamed "politicians desperate to be seen as 'progressive', feminist zealots and ideologues hell-bent on equality of opportunity without exception" for pushing ahead with the planned move.
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