SOLDIERS fear their efforts to find a compromise solution to sweeping Army changes will fail.
Military chiefs had hoped that the famous Duke of Wellington's Regiment could be partly saved as part of a new Yorkshire regiment.
But now there are fears that more stringent cuts are likely and the name could vanish forever.
Ironically the new fears come as more than 600 troops from the Dukes make the journey back to Iraq to bolster the peace efforts.
The regiment's 1st Battalion has flown back to the Middle East from their base in Osnabruck, Germany, to prepare for the six-month tour of duty.
Their Commanding Officer - who has been in talks with military chiefs from other threatened regiments - is continuing to fight their case.
But his hopes of easing the planned cuts by the Ministry of Defence could fail.
The compromise plan was for the Dukes to merge with two other Yorkshire regiments, The Green Howards and The Prince of Wales' Own, into one Yorkshire unit.
That would enable them to continue to recruit in their core areas around Yorkshire, including Huddersfield and Halifax.
But Major Gen Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter said he now feared there was growing political pressure to make even more cuts.
"There is pressure to identify a fourth Battalion to be cut and there is a real possibility this would be from amongst the Yorkshire regiments. There is no sound reason for this and such a solution would reflect a wholly disproportionate share of the burden falling on the north of England regiments.
"That would mean the loss of 650 jobs to young Yorkshiremen.
"It would wreck our plans for a Yorkshire Regiment capable of taking our name and traditions and sustaining our current community ties.
"All three Yorkshire regiments would regard this as unacceptable and we are determined to resist fiercely".
More details of the cuts are expected next Wednesday when draft proposals from the Ministry of Defence go to the Army Board.