Our War: The Lost Platoon

9:00pm Monday 3 September on BBC THREE

Using soldier shot footage Our War follows a small platoon of Welsh Guards posted deep behind enemy lines in the remote fort of Haji Alem. Their charismatic commander Lieutenant Mark Evison kept a detailed diary covering the last three weeks of his life.

Describing how equipment shortages might impact on his isolated platoon Evison recorded: ” Injuries will be sustained which I will not be able to treat and deaths could occur which could have been stopped. “

His worst fears were realised when, after he was shot, there was a delay in the helicopter evacuation caused by a lack of working radios and compounded by a series of operational errors.

Filming on helmetcam Lance Bombardier Andrew Spooner captures the men’s panic as they desperately try to save Mark while under attack. Gunner Steve Gadsby was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for running with Mark on his back across a narrow bridge under heavy fire in order to get him back to camp.

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