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Soldiers welcomed back from Afghanistan with open arms at Colchester Barracks

May 11, 2011

“Eliza was so happy to see her daddy. She had a massive smile on her face, especially when he pulled out some toys for her.”

“Of course we have paid a huge price and as a battalion we have lost three men and the battle group as a whole has lost three, so six in all.
We will never forget the sacrifices of those guys.”

More than 150 brave soldiers have been given a heroes’ welcome as they returned home from a 
gruelling tour of Afghanistan last night. Wives, girlfriends and smiling children cheered and cried tears of joy as the troops from the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment arrived back at Colchester Garrison.

2 Para conducting foot patrols around Tor Ghai during Op HERRICK 13.

The homecoming was the largest contingent of troops to return from 16 Air Assault Brigade’s deployment to Helmand Province. The returning troops had been part of the 2 PARA Battle Group which was tasked with making the deadly Nahr-e-Saraj district secure. It was a bitter-sweet return for the soldiers from 2 PARA, after three of their own were killed 
during the brutal six-month tour.

Click on either image to read the full article on the Colchester Evening Star website.

Soldiers welcomed back from Afghanistan with open arms at Colchester barracks.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jack permalink
    May 11, 2011 20:49

    Welcome home to all of the paras. you are the best. may god keep you. R.I.P. to those who did not make it. we will not forget.

  2. Daisydot40 permalink
    May 12, 2011 20:35

    Welcome home to all you great men of 2 Para great job well done and we as a nation are very proud of you xx

  3. Ann Willmore permalink
    May 14, 2011 12:56

    could you please let us know if you are doing a welcome home parade for the para’s in colchester in May or June please. we would love to go to support them. What heros our young men are well done to all.

  4. May 14, 2011 17:21

    Welcome Home All….will not forget our lost heroes (R.I.P) or our wounded. God Bless All x

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