• 5 Apr 2010

    In his final blog from the frontline, Tpr Pete Sheppard on how the anticipation of returning home is shattered by the death of a fellow soldier just days before he was due to leave Afghanistan.

  • 16 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, writes from Afghanistan on teaching some English phrases to the locals.

  • 13 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, writes from Afghanistan about being constantly on alert for those unexpected days.

  • 12 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, writes from Afghanistan as his colleagues chase down a group of Taliban fighters.

  • 10 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, writes from Afghanistan where his patrol have been building bridges and getting some well earned rest.

  • 8 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, writes from Afghanistan while he finds that his unit will be spending more time on the ground than originally thought.

  • 5 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, writes from Afghanistan as they move closer to enemy positions.

  • 4 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard spends another quiet day back at base before preparing to go out on patrol tomorrow, checking there are no IEDs on the tracks the soldiers are walking on.

  • 3 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, on the frontline in Afghanistan, writes: “Some of the lads want to just leave the army all together…For me though, the military seems to be the right career.”

  • 3 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard posts his latest blog from Operation Moshtarak, revealing the difficulty of identifying insurgents and the conversations among the troops.

  • 2 Mar 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, on the front line in Afghanistan, writes: “It’s crazy to think that one minute someone is there and the next he’s not. But this is what we sign up to do and it is our job.”

  • 28 Feb 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard writes: “Been a quiet day today, we had a lie in this morning. 0700 start. A few of the troops went out on patrols with the aim of interacting with the local community.

  • 26 Feb 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard, stationed in Afghanistan, writes: “We are aware that the insurgents are watching us, which is frustrating as we can’t visually identify them”.

  • 24 Feb 2010

    Trooper Pete Sheppard enjoys some brief rest and recuperation back at base after ten days of “hard work” fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan’s tough conditions.