From The Times December 1, 2009 Arabella Dorman on painting war in Afghanistan (hurriedly) Tom Coghlan A bandana-wearing British soldier leaning on his rifle after a patrol; the exhausted, unfocused stare of an 18-year-old rifleman; the deceptively soft evening light over the Helmand River. Arabella Dorman, who spent a month as an official war artist this autumn embedded with the 2 Rifles Battle Group in the town of Sangin, north Helmand, returned with sketchbooks of images that capture the end of the bloodiest six months suffered by any British unit in Afghanistan. Twenty-three members of the battle group were killed and about a hundred injured before the unit left Sangin in September. Most of the dead were killed on patrol by bombs planted around their bases. The first picture she completed on her return a month ago was of Rifleman Daniel Wilde, 19, who died on August 13. He was helping to carry a comrade wounded in an initial bomb blast when both were killed by a second bomb planted in anticipation of such a rescue attempt. More www.timesonline.co.uk/...38240.ece?