Friday, December 25, 2009

PICTURE of the day: Christmas day in Patrol Base Taliban

The insurgents don’t take Christmas off, so nor can the troops.

This small team of British soldiers at Patrol Base Talibjan based near Musa Qala, in the north of Helmand are just 2 kilometres from what is called the FLET or Forward Line Enemy Troops and out here soldiers definitely need to keep their mind fully on the job.

But today in and around all the usual work they are squeezing in Christams day. While the rest of the UK has been tucked up in bed dreaming of what Santa will bring, for the soldiers here it is business as usual.

Not as much snow as in the UK. I don't think this counts as a white Christmas.

Corporal Graham Dransfield cooking the turkey in an ammo box oven


  1. keep the faith, we are thinking about you all.
    merry Christmas from the UK

  2. That's an efficient system you have there with the ammo box oven. Season's Greetings from UK.

  3. Hope you all have a good day. Stay safe

  4. Merry Christmas from Bisbee, Arizona, USA! Improvise! I love it.

    Your're in our prayers!