Our War: Return To Death Valley

9:00pm Monday 27 August on BBC THREE

Bringing the Afghan conflict up to date, Return to Death Valley follows friends Lieutenant Jimmy Clark and 2nd Lieutenant Luke Beetlestone as their platoon replaces US Marines patrolling a key route in Afghanistan.

Just 150 soldiers from 2 Mercian take over from 900 US Marines protecting Route 611. In contrast to the Americans they attempt foot patrols rather than armoured vehicles. It’s a high risk strategy and the first few days, captured on their own cameras and those provided by the BBC, see gunshot casualties and a double IED strike.

The soldiers also deal with the fallout when a family wedding party is blown up by a roadside bomb. They pull five survivors from the wreckage, but then have to gather the remains of the others.

As the tour finishes an officer is killed by an IED. It’s a reminder of how complex the withdrawal from Afghanistan is. Back in the UK the soldiers share their experiences of ‘Death Valley’.

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