The Battle For Helmand – For the first time, The Battle For Helmand tells the full story of Britain’s brutal five-year war in Afghanistan. It describes how the most intense and sustained combat since the Korean War has cost more than 360 British, and countless Afghan, lives. Combining gripping frontline testimony with the tactical insights (and criticisms) of senior officers, presenter Mark Urban reveals how Britain abandoned plan after plan; how we went to war under-resourced, were quickly over-stretched and ended up besieged. Ignorant of the enemy, conditions and pitfalls ahead, it took the arrival of tens of thousands of American troops to sustain the task that Britain started.
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Summer / Autumn 2011