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A Tour Of Duty In Afghanistan Has Yielded These Photographs (37 Pics)

December 3, 2012 | No Comments » | Topics: main

Patrol

Patrol

A dismounted patrol moves through a ploughed field prior to maize planting.

 

Arm Wrestling

Arm Wrestling

To mark the London Olympics (which we missed), we held out own “Patrol Base Olympics”.

 

Smoke

Smoke

Smoke is used to call in a Helicopter for extraction from an operation.

Alone

Alone

A Soldier sits and rests during an operation.

Angels on our shoulders

Angels on our shoulders

An Army Air Corps Apache Longbow provides close air support during an operation.

Stare

Stare

A Soldier sits on a quad bike during the closure of a checkpoint.

Shura

Shura

A Weekly “shura” with local elders in which we discuss projects for the community, security issues and local problems.

Dove

Dove

A Soldier receives a dove statuette from his Girlfriend.

Osprey

Osprey

A US Marine Corps Osprey lands at the Patrol Base.

A young soldier prepares to go out on patrol

A young soldier prepares to go out on patrol

The young pointman of our multiple, carrying a shotgun for the close terrain in the maize fields.

Dust

Dust

A Royal Air Force Merlin helicopter lands at the PB with supplies and personnel.

A Soldier takes a break during an operation

A Soldier takes a break during an operation

On the way back

On the way back

A Soldier sits in the back of a Chinook following an operation.

A Sniper walks with a local boy

A Sniper walks with a local boy

Halcyon

Halcyon

The sun rises over the walls of the Patrol Base.

Kind eyes

Kind eyes

An Afghan Policeman

Crossing point

Crossing point

A local child watches as kit-laden soldiers struggle to cross an irrigation stream.

Normality

Normality

A Soldier gets a haircut outside the Patrol Base’s makeshift shop

Some days it’s harder to be away from home

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

Difficult for us all

A search dog shows the strain of working in such harsh conditions.

Poppies

Poppies

A Royal Air Force Chinook lands in a poppy field to extract us after an Operation

Reflection

Reflection

A soldier rests during a patrol

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

A soldier finds shelter from the summer heat

Chaos

Chaos

Shock

Shock

A soldier rests after a patrol

Victory

Victory

Victory cigars after a successful operation

Arcs

Arcs

The view through a Rifle Sight

Overwatch

Overwatch

A Soldier overwatches friendly forces

Things that go bump in the night

Things that go bump in the night

A Mortar fires during the night

Warrior Brother

Warrior Brother

An Afghan policeman

The hardest route

The hardest route

A soldier struggles to carry a GPMG through a deep irrigation ditch

Lightning

Lightning

Lightning strikes the camera tower at the Patrol Base

Checkpoint

Checkpoint

A Soldier stands guard outside a checkpoint

Sleeping lions

Sleeping lions

Soldiers catch a moment of sleep during hectic predeployment exercises

The hardest day

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

A Platoon Sergeant takes a cigarette break outside the Operations room on a predeployment training exercise

 

Coming Home

Coming Home

Soldiers board a C-17 for our flight home.

 

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