Our War: 10 Years in Afghanistan is a 2011 BBC series aired to mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, it tells the story of the conflict through the words and pictures of the young British soldiers on the ground. Each episode focuses on the experiences of groups of young soldiers from different regiments.
The first episode tells the story of a close knit group of friend from 3 Platoon, 1st Battalion Royal Anglian regiment, who were sent to Helmand Province in 2007. Most of the soliders in that regiment were getting their first taste of war. Their whole tour was captured on a helmet camera by the platoon’s Sargent including footage of one of his young soldiers being killed in a Taliban ambush. Footage shows the anguish suffered by his friends in the platoon.
The second episode charts the efforts of a young platoon from the Grenadier Guards and their constant and terrifying battle against landmines, Captain Alex Rawlins captured footage when one of the platoon was killed by an IED whilst on patrol. The episode explores how that soldiers death became a turning point in the British public’s awareness of the struggle against IED’s and resulted in political pressure being exerted on then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The third episode starts in 2009 and follows 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales regiment as they try to adapt to strict new rules of fighting which were designed to protect civilians. One private is filmed being shot in the leg after a Taliban ambush. It moves on to 2010 and the Scots Guards who are fighting a battle of hearts and minds, attempting to train the Afghan National Police with a view to preparing them to take over, their tour ends in tragedy when six members of the Afghan National Police (ANP) are ambushed and slaughtered in their sleep.