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The 2009 Afghanistan tour of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

During their 2009 Operation Herrick tour, The Black Watch’s role was to raid into Taliban insurgent heartlands, rather than ‘hold ground’, like other battle groups. Working directly to Regional Command South and with all Coalition helicopter forces available, the Battlegroup was dupped the ‘flying squad’ by the media as it took the fight to the Taliban with aggressive aviation assaults I both Helmand and Kandahar Provinces. 

The book charts the experiences of the Battlegroup from its training, deployment, its thirteen operations including raids into the Sangin Valley, the Battlegroup’s one wave assault at the start of Operation Panther's Claw and Battle Group fighting patrols in Kandahar Province, an area known as the ‘heart of darkness’; it reflects on its losses and its home coming. The book is written by the young men of the Battlegroup who were individually and collectively asked to do extraordinary things in the face of an highly experienced and ruthless insurgent; they were not found wanting.

With the use of photographs, stories and letters, the book explores the paradox of combat and the boredom of waiting; the calm of camp life and the chaos of battle. The book exposes the humour, the grief, the hardshipand the camaraderie experienced by our soldiers on the front line of modern warfare.

Representing the UK in coalition operations across Southern Afghanistan, the Battlegroup’s reputation was characterised by humanity and restraint in combat, complemented by ruthless ferocity when required.

  • FORMAT: 288pp 225 col 260x191 Hb
  • Code: 14994

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