join us on facebook
Search our site
The Heart of Mars by Paul Magrs Read the opening extract of the brand new Paul Magrs book before its publication on 15/03/2018

Helmand Mission With 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 by Richard Doherty

Helmand Mission With 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008


Helmand Mission With 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 by Richard Doherty

After celebrating St Patrick's Day 2008, 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup deployed to Afghanistan's Helmand province as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. For six months the Royal Irish fought the Taliban in Helmand in some of the most difficult country on earth. At the same time the Battlegroup was training the nascent Afghan National Army (ANA) and many of its engagements were alongside Afghan soldiers.Well trained and with an operational maturity gained from deployments in every year but one since 1998, they were considered the unit in 16 Air Assault Brigade best suited to the critical task of mentoring the ANA.One company deployed with 2 PARA Battlegroup in the Sangin valley. Its soldiers saw intense action against the Taliban, especially through the latter's use of IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices). Another company was given the task of ensuring the safe passage of an additional generator for the Kajaki dam and was involved in heavy fighting while so doing. TA soldiers from 2 R Irish formed Imjin Company which provided security but also deployed on wider tasks.Professionalism, high levels of trust and the unique humour of Irish soldiers ensured that they had a successful tour and accomplished their missions. This is the stirring story of a regimental family at war and of those who sustained them, including their remarkable chaplain, Padre Albert Jackson, and the rear party which supported the families, especially those whose fathers or sons suffered injury or death. Above all, it is the story of a highly professional unit demonstrating its skills to the world and helping make Afghanistan a better place for its people.

About the Author

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

19th November 2009


Richard Doherty

More books by Richard Doherty
Author 'Like for Like'


Pen & Sword Military an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd


208 pages


War & defence operations



Lovereading takes the guesswork out of finding your next read with "if you like you'll love" and extracts to help with your decision.

Sarah Bruch

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper