Royal Welsh soldiers home from front line
Hundreds of tearful family members turned out yesterday to welcome home troops from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh.
The 99 soldiers from the battalion’s B (Rorke’s Drift) Company have just come back from a gruelling six-month tour of Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces, where they have been training the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan National Army (ANA) and rebuilding vital communications routes.
At the homecoming event in Tidworth, Wiltshire, where the battalion is based, Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Didi Wheeler praised the soldiers and their loved ones for their courage, saying they had “done extremely well under extremely trying circumstances”.
The soldiers’ return marks the end of two years of operations for the battalion, who were first deployed to Afghanistan in February 2009.