2 RIFLES return Well, we always we knew that it was going to an absolute brute of a tour, but I don't think anyone thought it could get that bad. 13 dead from the battalion, 24 from the battle group as a whole and around 80 wounded; it was a hell of a toll. If there was a lot of death and sorrow, there was also an outstanding amount of gallantry and raw courage. Especially amongst the newest and youngest Riflemen, lads who and joined us straight from depot just a few months before deploying. These kids were amazing and I swear that I'll never let another dismissive remark about the 'playstation generation' go unchallenged. A big thank you should also go out to the TA & Reservists who joined us for the tour, giving up a year of their lives and, in a few cases, their good health. Especially those few amongst them that volunteered to extend after their enlistments had elapsed and stayed with their platoons to the bitter end. Youngy, Pash and the rest, you guys are legends! Lastly, and most easily forgotten, are the attached arms. The medics and combat engineers who routinely came out on the ground with us and became as much a part of the rifle companies as the Riflemen. Well played all - Swift & Bold!