‘We were effectively surrounded’
Lance Corporal Roberts is a section second-in-command in 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (3 MERCIAN). He is currently based in Check Point Attal on Route 601, the main road to Lashkar Gah. He has previously served in Iraq, but this is his first tour of Afghanistan.
In his first blog he looks back at an operation to take the fight to the insurgents. It was an eventful day…
Recently 4 Platoon, B Company 3 MERCIAN have been involved in operations alongside multiples (half platoon) from the Royals Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG) and the 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS).
As the harvests draw to a close it comes as no surprise that we’re witnessing a spike in insurgent hostilities in our Area of Operations (AO). 4 Platoon have been continuing to push into new areas, the no-man’s-land, and take the fight to the insurgents in their own back yard, thus securing our AO and successfully completing our ongoing mission to provide security to the local population.
One key operation is engraved in my thoughts. We were going about our daily routine of patrolling, and as is often the case we received intelligence and an order from Battlegroup Headquarters to conduct a strike operation onto an insurgent shura (meeting).
To read the rest of L/Cpl Roberts’ personal story, click HERE, or on the image above.