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The Paras in Afghanistan (Paperback)

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Afghanistan War

By Craig Allen
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Modern Wars
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781802821864
Published: 13th January 2023



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In 2021, the British Army’s 20-year engagement in Afghanistan ended with chaotic scenes at Kabul International Airport. The Parachute Regiment had been involved since the earliest days of conflict and was there at the end to provide security for the final evacuation. The years of conflict saw the Paras endure some of the toughest operational conditions since World War Two as they confronted Taliban fighters in their Helmand stronghold. In 2008, 2 and 3 Paras were deployed to Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban in areas such as Kandahar and Musa Qala. That summer, they fought the insurgents in the fields and ditches of the Green Zone, always taking the fight to the enemy.

Written by a former Para and battlefield photographer, this book takes the reader on a visual journey from training for this deployment in Scotland to the desert heat of Afghanistan, showing the soldiers, their equipment, weapons and vehicles. With over 200 colour photographs, it provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Paras both in battle and going about their day-to-day lives at the bases.

The photographs are supported by interesting text/history relevant to the work and experience. In recent decades we have followed battles and wars from the comfort of our armchairs, this book helps fill in the gaps missed by news reports and programmes, it brings an extra level to what we already know.

An excellent little book that brings you the reader the detail through pictures and text you would want. I would happily recommend this book to anyone interested in the Afghanistan campaign.

The History Fella

A book that both shows and tells what it was like for British troops to serve on the front line in Afghanistan before we finally pulled out, and many do show them alongside Afghan troops of the ANA (Afghan National Army).

A really good value little book which is also a little goldmine for the modeller with details of uniforms and infantry equipment as well as the many vehicle types they worked with.

Military Model Scene

I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the recent, long running operation in Afghanistan, the Parachute Regiment in general or simply British Army operations post WW2.

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Army Rumour Service

If you were there, this book of photographs will be a treasure trove of memories - not all good I am certain! If you were not there the photographs will be revealing as to the way of life of young Parachute Regiment troopers living and fighting in the most demanding and dangerous conditions. The photographs bring to life the reality of soldiering in a Forward Operating Base or out on patrol where every step is of potential jeopardy. The pages of photographs are linked with illuminating and carefully drafted low key clarification ensuring the reader is aware of context.

An excellent work suitable for all those with an interest in the modern army, their weapon systems, equipment and vehicles which are all clearly presented in these quality colour photographs.

Oxford and Cambridge Club Military History Group
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