Saturday, February 28, 2009
THEY’RE on their way home.
Hampshire soldiers have started to leave Afghanistan and make their way home to loved ones following a ferocious six months on the frontline.
Just short of 100 men of the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1PWRR), will return to their German barracks this weekend after one of their most active tours of duty in recent years.
Their remaining number will all be out of the war-torn country by the middle of next week.
For the wives, girlfriends and children the anxious wait for their return is almost over - with little more than 24 hours left before the first contingent of soldiers – nicknamed the Armoured Tigers – touch down on German soil.
It was in August last year that around 170 men from B Company deployed to Helmand Province to fight on the frontline alongside the Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade.
Two weeks ago they played a pivotal role in the smashing of a £50m drugs ring that saw heroin, drug making equipment and weaponry seized in the heart of the Taliban's stronghold.
Their fellow soldiers of A and C Company are currently half way through a tour of Iraq, where they are helping to train troops of the Iraqi army.