Further to my previous blogs about my summer spent with the men and women of C Company 1 Mercian in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2010, I will today talk about an incident in which I witnessed gunshot wounds, and the way in which bullets behave when they enter the body.
It was during the second half of the tour of duty that the Commander of C Company (Coy) 1 Mercian switched tactics from assuring the local populace, to actually taking the fight to the local Taliban in order to defeat them militarily. The Taliban in the area in which we were stationed, had previously been occupying and operating from an area known as the Green Zone (GZ). The GZ was an area spanning about 2 miles either side of the Helmand river into which irrigation could stretch. This offered lush greenery and the opportunity for farmers to cultivate the fertile soil. However, it also gave The Taliban plenty of cover from view to freely move weapons and explosives up and down the river, almost with impunity. The Commander decided that we would carry out an operation to move into the GZ and to occupy a number of empty compounds in order to exert control over the area, and to demonstrate to the Taliban who actually was in charge. For this operation, a platoon would move into the GZ on foot with support from around 800m away from a Danish Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank. The Coy Commander's Tactical Group (TAC), consisting of radio operators, The Fire Support Team (FST) Commander, JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Control