The Patrol

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Helmand Province, 2006. A British Army unit at the front line of the war with the Taliban begins to fray under the stress of combat. As Sergeant Campbell (Beveney) tries to rally his men, poor equipment and an unseen and lethal enemy grind them down.


Any fictional depiction of the Helmand campaign will pale beside Restrepo, but army veteran Tom Petch delivers a solid debut, offering insight into the frustrations and perils of fighting an invisible enemy with inadequate kit and a confused sense of purpose.

Don't expect the against-the-odds bravado of a Zulu here. This is an unsparing and occasionally bleak look at the frustrations of fighting an unwinnable war with inadequate gear.