In April 2006 half the British Army’s rapid reaction force, 16 Air Assault Brigade, was sent south to Afghanistan’s former Taleban heartland, Helmand Province. They were tasked with establishing security to allow reconstruction, the extension of central political control and the containment of the opium trade.
16 Air Assault Brigade’s deployment as part of Operation HERRICK IV coincided with a revival of Taleban insurgency. Troops in the south soon found themselves involved in more and more operations designed to resist, deter or eliminate such hostile action. During their six-month tour the Brigade and the other units that made up the UK Task Force were tested to their limits in Helmand or, as some soldiers renamed it, ‘Hell Land’. This is their story.
The National Army Museum would like to thank all the members of 16 Air Assault Brigade who provided material for, and assistance with this exhibition.