Afghanistan

After eight years of front line operations in Afghanistan the UK’s military headquarters in Helmand Province were disbanded yesterday in the latest stage of the draw-down of UK military operations in Afghanistan. The role played by the Headquarters Task Force in Helmand has now been integrated into the wider US-led Regional Command (South West). ThisContinue reading “Afghanistan”

Strength of Mind

Serjeant* George Norton, 31, joined the Infantry in 1999 and served with 5 Battalion The Rifles. During his 15 year career he deployed to Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and completed three tours of Iraq.  (*Traditionally in Rifles Battalions the spelling of Serjeant is with a ‘j’ rather than ‘g’ – a historical legacy from the Napoleonic wars.)Continue reading “Strength of Mind”

A final goodnight…

  A coffin waits under a union jack To be carried slowly out of the back Out of the darkness and towards the light Down the ramp to a final goodnight Wear your poppy with pride this Remembrance Day The Poppy Appeal http://www.ianforsythphotography.co.uk Image copyright Ian Forsyth/Crown copyright

Stepping Up

A graduation parade for Junior Soldiers takes place on August 15, 2013 in Harrogate, England. The Army Foundation College in Harrogate opened in 1998 and provides training for soldiers destined for all the Army’s career paths and provides training for 1344 junior soldiers. During their time at the college the students are taught basic militaryContinue reading “Stepping Up”

Iraq – A long way from the bus station.

Lying on the ground in the dirt next to the tracks of my Warrior armoured vehicle. Blue grey sky overhead. Covered in dust. Rats. Everything smells of shit. Everything smells of smoke. Burning. The sound of engines. Occasional shouts. Can’t remember my last shower. Hungry. The brews are on.   An abandoned bus depot. ‘BridgeContinue reading “Iraq – A long way from the bus station.”