Any Budding Military Poets Out There?

We've just received the following from Tommies Guides who specialise in slightly obscure military books. They've supplied many of the more interesting items in our Book Reviews Section and also seem to be all round good eggs!

This year sees the tenth anniversary of UK forces deployed in Afghanistan and many thousands of us have been affected by events over the last decade and saddened by the casualties suffered by our forces serving there. Whilst our thoughts go out to their relations and friends who have shown immense dignity in the face of great personal loss we can be proud of the positive contribution that our servicemen and women are making, in conjunction with our allies.

This new poetry anthology entitled Enduring Freedom takes the name from the UN authorised, NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission as part of the US-led Operation ‘Enduring Freedom’ launched in 2001. Since operations began over 80,000 personnel have been deployed to Afghanistan from the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth. The debt of gratitude owed to our young men and women, and to their predecessors, is indeed profound.

The charity Combat Stress has seen an increase in referrals, over 70% since 2005. With our personnel involved in operations across the globe under immense strain, we have perhaps only reached the tip of the iceberg in cases relating to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In this year marking a decade in Afghanistan, this book aims to help increase awareness of these problems whilst raising vital funds for Combat Stress.

Have you been inspired or motivated by reading poetry old or new?
Have you written something yourself whilst on operations?
Does poetry help you or anyone you know during difficult times?

Calling all serving or ex-serving HM Armed Forces personnel, friends, family or colleagues!

We need your help to complete this exciting new publication.
Please send your contributions, recommendations or suggestions to: by 31st July 2011.​
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