Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan - Pictures

the_boy_syrup

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Some really good pictures in the Telegraph



In the early light of dawn, paratroopers from 3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment stood, heads bowed in a mark of respect to their fallen comrades



Only the early morning birds could be heard as the soldiers thought about the three colleagues from 2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment who were killed by a suicide bomber on Sunday




The soldiers then immediately got up to pack up their equipment in readiness for the next operation



Pushing through the “Valley of Certain Death” the men of 3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment continued their week-long offensive deep in the Taliban territory of Zabul province, marching quietly through the valley enclosed by jagged-peaked mountains along “Route Chicken



The scenery is unchanged since the First and Second Afghan wars of the 19th century except that, for the first time, the valley was witnessing British troops tramping along its dusty track



The Paras are attempting to flush out one of the remaining Taliban strongholds as the battle in Afghanistan turns into a campaign of terrorist bombings



They are determined to flush out the Taliban whose violence and intimidation of local villagers they have seen first hand



In almost every village the local population still lives in terror of the insurgents denying that the Taliban operated in the area



The soldiers expect that the Taliban will "stand and fight" in areas that are important to them and contain arms depots and cave hideouts



British troops have been fighting in Afghanistan for seven years since special forces helped push out the Taliban



In 2006, as a major new offensive was launched, former Defence Secretary John Reid suggested operations could be completed within three years "without firing one bullet"



But the deployment has seen two intense outbursts of fighting during the summers of 2006 and 2007 and more than 90 of the British victims have died in the past two years - almost double the mortality rate seen in Iraq



The enemy's tactics have constantly evolved. The success of British troops fighting against the Taliban in conventional warfare has forced the insurgents into terrorists' tactics of using roadside bombs and mines to kill troops as well as suicide bombers



The soldiers know that some day they could be pictured in the news as the next fatality but, despite that, they are professional, determined and above all proud to be British soldiers
 
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Airborne — All the Way!

Great post! Very good Pics!

Well done 'the_boy_syrup!'
 

the_boy_syrup

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ouyin said:
It's notable how many are wearing plate carriers instead of Osprey.
I think if I remember some of Fally's posts about there last tour they had tried to get the lads to stop wearing Osprey and in some cases when putting in assaults even not wearing anything shedding the weight for speed over the ground
Could be something they are carrying on?
 

the_boy_syrup

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ouyin said:
It's notable how many are wearing plate carriers instead of Osprey.
I think if I remember some of Fally's posts about there last tour they had tried to get the lads to stop wearing Osprey and in some cases when putting in assaults even not wearing anything shedding the weight for speed over the ground
Could be something they are carrying on?
 
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Ditching the armours fine, but hopefully they're not wearing the UBACS on its own.
 
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Quite moving, both pictures and comments. Just thought I would put up this link.
Hope you don't mind.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/frontline/2099834/Afghanistan-death-toll-100-Paratroopers-observe-minute's-silence-for-fallen-comrades.html
 
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the_boy_syrup said:
ouyin said:
It's notable how many are wearing plate carriers instead of Osprey.
I think if I remember some of Fally's posts about there last tour they had tried to get the lads to stop wearing Osprey and in some cases when putting in assaults even not wearing anything shedding the weight for speed over the ground
Could be something they are carrying on?
Those in the know would know that in response to criticisms of the Osprey a system was designed to proivde the protection of the plates without the bulk of the vest - exmaples of getting the right kit for the boys putting their necks on the line
 

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