Warfare in News
Posted on Tuesday 18th March
Streatfeild, who commanded A Company, 4 Battalion, The Rifles, during a seven-month Sangin tour, told the Guardian:
'It's true to say we were the best trained we'd ever been, and we did have the best equipment we'd ever had. But it is also true to say it wasn't good enough in relation to the operation we were going on and the tasks we were being asked to do.'
'Undoubtedly the core equipment has been found to be inadequate. Before I went out there I felt ready. Hindsight suggests we were far from being the finished article.
Streatfeild, used by the MOD as a 'Poster Boy' for the war in Afghanistan, has described his shame at publicly defending the kit provided during training and on operations commanding British troops in Helmand province during interviews with various news outlets including the Telegraph and BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
The criticisms form part of a new book written by Streatfeild, Honourable Warriors: Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan - A Front-line Account of the British Army's Battle for Helmand which provides a direct insight into the experiences of soldiers who had to face down their fear throughout a prolonged tour of duty on the Afghan battlefield.
Honourable Warriors(Hardback - 219 pages)
In 2009 Major Richard Streatfeild and his men fought for six months against the Taliban in Sangin, northern Helmand. They were engaged in over 800 fire-fights. They were the target of more than 200 improvised explosive devices. Ten men in his company were killed, 50 were wounded. This is their story – and it is the story, from the front line, of Western intervention in Afghanistan.
His graphic personal account gives an inside… Read more...
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