A Weekly “shura” with local elders in which we discuss projects for the community, security issues and local problems
A US Marine Corps Osprey lands at the Patrol Base
A young soldier prepares to go out on patrol
The young point man (front guy) of our multiple, carrying a shotgun for the close terrain in the maize fields, and IED detection equipment.
A Royal Air Force Merlin helicopter lands at the PB with supplies and personnel
A Soldier takes a break during an operation
On the way back
A Soldier sits in the back of a Chinook following an operation
A Sniper walks with a local boy
The sun rises over the walls of the Patrol Base.
An Afghan Policeman
A local child watches as kit-laden soldiers struggle to cross an irrigation stream. Bridges are avoided as they are often booby-trapped by the Taliban.
A Soldier gets a haircut outside the Patrol Base’s makeshift shop
Some days it’s harder to be away from home
A Platoon Sergeant opens mail from home to reveal a Father’s day card from his young son.
Difficult for us all
A search dog shows the strain of working in such harsh conditions.
A Royal Air Force Chinook lands in a poppy field to extract us after an Operation
A soldier rests during a patrol
A soldier finds shelter from the summer heat
Afghan Policemen pull a wounded colleague to safety
A soldier rests after a patrol
Victory cigars after a successful operation
The view through my Rifle Sight
A Soldier overwatches friendly forces
Things that go bump in the night
A Mortar fires during the night
An Afghan policeman
The hardest route is the safest route
A soldier struggles to carry a GPMG through a deep irrigation ditch
Lightning strikes the camera tower at the Patrol Base
A Soldier stands guard outside a checkpoint
Soldiers catch a moment of sleep during hectic predeployment exercises
The hardest day
Hours before I took this photo on our final predeployment training exercise, we received word that 6 of our colleagues who had deployed ahead of us had been killed in an IED strike.
A Platoon Sergeant takes a cigarette break outside the Operations room on a predeployment training exercise