BBC Radio 4
Saturday Play
Last Night, Another Soldier
1 August 2009, 14:30 on BBC Radio 4 (FM only)

By Andy McNab
Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Briggsy is just three weeks into his first posting in Afghanistan and is thrilled to be part of the action. But when his Rifle Section loses a man in battle, Briggsy is forced to confront the realities of war.

Briggsy …… Russell Tovey
Si …… Lloyd Thomas
Flash …… Paul Rider
Toki …… Damian Lynch
Mackenzie/John …… Stephen Hogan
Mum/Helicopter pilot/Radio Operator …… Janice Acquah
Emma/Tannoy …… Caroline Guthrie
Newsreader/Cookie …… Matt Addis

Directed by Vernee Samuel.

Sat 1 Aug 200914:30BBC Radio 4 (FM only) – Duration 60 minutes

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Andy McNab's Spoken From The Front


Clawed by the Panther – By Tom Newton Dunn and George Pasco-Watson
Published: 28 July 2009

VICTORY was declared last night in the bloodiest British offensive in Afghanistan so far – as our forces commander vowed the ten men lost had not died in vain.

Dubbed Operation Panther’s Claw, the assault lasted five weeks and involved 3,000 coalition troops.

A force of 500 Taliban were driven out of their central Helmand stronghold Babaji, the size of the Isle of Wight.
In one of the biggest UK-led attacks there, the enemy was encircled then blitzed by Apache helicopter gunships, battle tanks, artillery and bomber jets.

Go here to read the full article

Keep grip on Taliban – MyView – By Andy Mcnab

“There have been huge sacrifices but there are huge gains too.

We have taken the Taliban ground and won’t let it go. Afghans will now feel safer and it’s good for our troops to dominate the ground.

The problem is the Government doesn’t recognise we’re in a war – just that we’re fighting an insurgency.
Until this is acknowledged, troops won’t get the proper equipment they need to win it.”



“Every one a hero … these are the 183 brave men and one woman who have given their lives in the war in Afghanistan since 2001, including 15 in the past fortnight.”

The article in the Sun:

Brown says: `We can do the job`

Gordon Brown insisted today that the British forces had the resources needed to “do the job” in Afghanistan.

Mr Brown acknowledged it had been a “sad and difficult time” for our armed forces and the country after a rising toll of deaths and injuries in recent days.

But he said that if the Taliban’s “vicious insurgency” was to be defeated, British troops must “persist” with their mission.
He told the Commons: “It has been a very difficult summer and it is not over yet.

“But if we are to deny Helmand to the Taliban in the long term; if we are to defeat this vicious insurgency and by doing so make Britain and the world a safer place, then we must persist with our operations in Afghanistan.

I am confident we are right to be in Afghanistan – that we have the strongest possible plan and we have the resources needed to do the job.”

Go here to read the full article


By Andy McNab
Sun Security Adviser

“Do NOT ever forget these faces. These troops lived and died soldiers, doing a job they loved.

It’s the job of a soldier to kill the enemy, and that means possibly getting killed in the process.

These soldiers – including one woman – knew the risks more than anyone, and yet they still put themselves in danger and carried out their tasks with their mates.

Do not pity them, they don’t want or need our pity. They deserve our respect. Let us remember them for what they were – professional soldiers.”