Dispatches: Fighting the Taliban Ch4

On at the moment. Very good, very well presented. Shows the real side to what the chaps in are doing in Afghanistan and highlights the problems they face. Mostly not from the Taliban but the lack of kit and support.


The most accurate and poignant comment made by the narrator was as follows;

"This is the UK's grandiose foreign policy laid bare. Two unarmoured landrovers on a ridge taking fire. If either had been hit, the strategically vital town of Ghamsay(sp?) could have been lost to the Taliban...."

A bit melodramatic but it will hopefully highlight the issue.

All in all a very well made production. No wonder the MoD and Govn didn't want it to be shown.


I would have added this to the thread running in the Int cell but it has wandered off onto Eastenders or some such chadness.
 

slick

LE
Just finished watching it, superb bit of filming, up close and personal with the Toms, showing the human face of British soldiers. Members of the public should be forced to watch things like this.
 

jason_2000x

Clanker
just been watching it too... i like that fact that they get the supplys the day they are ment to leave, they then find out that that they are staying untill the next day and leaving at 12... and that all afgan forces and british will pull out, and the area will fall, then they decide that a small number of british troops and afgan police will stay... why cant they make up their mind??
 

Wench3000

War Hero
Its quite profound for British TV that he was filming people dying, injured or already dead.

That Sgt from the PWRR highlighted the problems that squaddies have trying to explain their experiences to people back home.

Very well made program.
 

clanker

Old-Salt
Just watched it myself, good bit of filming! kind of makes me more concerned for mates whom are in Afghanistan at the moment.
 
The Lord Flasheart said:
On at the moment. Very good, very well presented. Shows the real side to what the chaps in are doing in Afghanistan and highlights the problems they face. Mostly not from the Taliban but the lack of kit and support.


The most accurate and poignant comment made by the narrator was as follows;

"This is the UK's grandiose foreign policy laid bare. Two unarmoured landrovers on a ridge taking fire. If either had been hit, the strategically vital town of Ghamsay(sp?) could have been lost to the Taliban...."

A bit melodramatic but it will hopefully highlight the issue.

All in all a very well made production. No wonder the MoD and Govn didn't want it to be shown.


I would have added this to the thread running in the Int cell but it has wandered off onto Eastenders or some such chadness.
Flushy, I agree. It showed the "chaps" on the ground to be cool and calm in any situation, a-la squaddie stylee. "Yeah, we've got one of the Taliban over there, and have treated him, now where's those Pop Tarts?".
 

Giblets

War Hero
Bloody good program - thanks for the reminder 'cos I nearly missed it.

If I had a hat, I'd take it off to these lads. Much respect.

Come home safe!
 

gentlesoul

Old-Salt
Not a bad piece of reporting.

Lack of support point well made.

Well done to the guys out there.
 

yamkwak

War Hero
Just finished watching it, to put it mildly I was shocked 8O . WTF is that 'how' it was or is it like that now...My heart went out to the lads couldn't help but feel a bit of comparison to Vietnam era tactics there. Take a village fight for it... then pull out to leave for the enemy to re-occupy!!!!!!
Shocking lack of support for the troops on the ground.... (When I deployed on GW1, I knew I could call in casevac within 30 min anytime!!! Usually yank support!!!).

The journo seemed like a top bloke, is he ex mob by any chance? seemed to know what was going on and very cool, well presented..hope you were watching BLIAR/RIED........ :x
 
Just finished watching it myself. Seemed stranged for such a mixed bag of units\individuals to be formed into a mobile force. (or was the main bulk of the unit Inf?)
Just wondering on the differences from then (11-15 Sept 06) and whats happening now. As all the problems that were shown been addressed.
 

bt80

Old-Salt
Good programme. Blokes came across very well. Like Giblets if I had a hat it would be off. Well done fellas, come home safe.
 

Brew_Time

War Hero
Good programme - repeated on C4 on Thu at 0425 I think. There's a Pt II about the Taliban on Thu.

BT
 
id like to see if there's any outcry, as it was a very eye opening film for the public who, if you aint been shot at or blown up, wouldnt have the first idea what was happening in a warzone, also it higlighted the resupply and lack of hellichoppers very well.
all credit to C4 for giving the MOD the finger, but more credit to the lads in the film who done the nation and the army very proud indeed!
 

yamkwak

War Hero
Holdfast said:
Just finished watching it myself. Seemed stranged for such a mixed bag of units\individuals to be formed into a mobile force. (or was the main bulk of the unit Inf?)
Just wondering on the differences from then (11-15 Sept 06) and whats happening now. As all the problems that were shown been addressed.
Thought that myself, right mish mash of units!, but they did mention they were only supposed to be 'advisors' to the afghan lads.
 

Mazur_UK

War Hero
very good, some images that the public won't likebut it will hopefully snap them out of the 'British troops stay in 5* hotels' cr.ap

Well presentled
 

polar

LE
Excellent, thanks to the guys/girls on this site who made me aware of it. Well done to all those in stan
 

sidrct

Old-Salt
Great programme. Showed our lads well. They came across as the professionals they are even with all the problems and frustrations wonder what labour will spin on this one. When was it filmed? Are the problems still the same, lack of resupply, Chinooks etc. I'm an ex heli handler so I know what they do and how hard they work
 

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