When 3 Para Battlegroup entered Afghan’s Helmand Province in the spring of 2006 there were still those who hoped that it would be merely acting to support reconstruction in the region. The Taliban had other ideas, however, and almost immediately the British paratroopers and their support units found themselves amidst a maelstrom of bullets and bombs. Over the summer, obscure Afghan place names became everyday items on the news: Sangin, Now Zad, Kajaki dam, Musa Qaleh - the battlefields over which the British struggled to maintain control of Helmand, under combat conditions of an intensity rarely encountered since World War II.
Foreign Correspondent Patrick Bishop was given full access to 3 Para. He conducted lengthy interviews with the officers and men of the battalion, and from these he constructed a detailed account of 3 Para’s six-month tour of Helmand. This close focus on a single unit and a single tour provides the reader with a real sense of a military family under fire.