For Queen And Country

Posted on: 23 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

A Sky News Special follows the British Army in Afghanistan and meets their families.


Sky News looks at the British Army’s operations in Afghanistan, telling the story of the conflict in the war-torn country and examining the impact it has had, not only on the Afghan people, but also on the thousands of families who have loved ones serving there.

Highlighting the individual sacrifices being made by British troops and their families, this week of programming will take a look at life on the frontline in Afghanistan, as well as life for those left behind, living in often cramped and ageing military accommodation.

Andrew WilsonSky News presenter Andrew Wilson will report from Camp Bastion in the volatile Helmand Province, where troops are threatened with constant rocket attacks, sniper fire and ambushes. Sky News will examine the reality of life in the services there, asking whether the soldiers feel adequately prepared for their work in such extreme and stressful conditions.

Meanwhile, presenters in the UK will talk to the families and friends of soldiers from Colchester, a town which has seen the two-and-a-half thousand troops of its 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Parachute Regiment deployed in the region.

Some of those serving will make the ultimate sacrifice and give their lives for their country. Sky News asks if the Afghan people, and members of the public in the UK, deserve or want the sacrifice our forces are making.

Starts Monday 16th June on Sky News (Sky Channel 501).

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