Anthony Lloyd, a British war correspondent who has also written some pretty good books (My War Gone By and Another Bloody Love Letter), has a searing article in The Times this week, describing the experiences of a the British 2 Rifles battlegroup in Helmand.
“In April this year it became 2 Rifles’ dubious fortune to be sent to Sangin on a six-month tour. By mid-August their battle group, a composite force from various units built around a core of several hundred riflemen and fusiliers, had the worst casualties of any British brigade sent to Helmand, with just over 100 soldiers killed or wounded: a fifth of their total patrol troops”
Note that – a 20 per cent casualty rate. Not strictly related to the main topic at hand, but well worth a read.