This Battalion was deployed in Afghanistan for six months and its main task was raiding insurgent-held areas in Helmand and Kandahar provinces. It took the fight to the Taliban with aggressive helicopter assaults. This is an inspiring account of this dedicated and courageous team and Prince Charles has written the foreword.
During their 2009 OP Herrick tour, The Black Watch's role was to raid into Taliban insurgent heartlands, rather than "hold ground", like other battle groups. Working directly to Regional Command South and with all Coalition helicopter forces available, the Battlegroup was dupped the "flying squad" by the media as it took the fight to the Taliban with aggressive aviation assaults in both Helmand and Kandahar Provinces. The book charts the experiences of the Battlegroup from its training, deployment, its thirteen operations including raids into the Sangin Valley, the Battlegroup's one wave assault at the start of Op PANTHER'S CLAW and Battle Group fighting patrols in Kandahar Province, an area known as the "heart of darkness"; it reflects on its losses and its home coming. The book is written by the young men of the Battlegroup who were individually and collectively asked to do extraordinary things in the face of a highly experienced and ruthless insurgent, they were not found wanting. With the use of photographs, stories and letters, the book explores the paradox of combat and the boredom of waiting; the calm of camp life and the chaos of battle. The book exposes the humour, the grief, the hardship and the camaraderie experienced by our soldiers on the front line of modern warfare. Representing the UK coalition operations across Southern Afghanistan, the Battlegroup's reputation was characterised by humanity and restraint in combat, complemented by ruthless ferocity when required. SELLING POINTS: A superb account in words and pictures of The Black Watch Battlegroup's action packed operational tour. The Battlegroup's role was to take the fight to the Taliban in numerous heliborne operations. Lavish production with superb colour images Foreword by the Duke of Rothesby (HRH Prince of Wales) ILLUSTRATIONS: 225 images colour *