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Back from the Brink: British Military Adaptation and the Struggle for Helmand, 2006-2011

Chapter


Abstract


  • Britain’s war in Afghanistan has, since 2006 , focused on Helmand Province

    in the south of the country. Under Operation (Op) HERRICK, the codename

    for Britain’s overall military campaign, forces were deployed into Helmand to

    provide security for the development of governance, services, and infrastructure.

    The British military soon found themselves drawn into a bloody struggle

    against insurgents for control of the province. In the Battle of Maiwand in

    , the British Army suffered ignominious defeat at the hands of a Helmandi

    army.1 It came close to doing so again. However, superior skill, firepower, and

    gritty determination enabled British troops to cling onto their positions across

    Helmand. Then, from 2007 on, the British military gradually adapted to the

    demands of the campaign. This chapter explores that painful process.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Farrell, T. (2013). Back from the Brink: British Military Adaptation and the Struggle for Helmand, 2006-2011. In T. Farrell, F. Osinga & J. A. Russell (Eds.), Military Adaptation in Afghanistan (pp. 108-135). Stanford, United States: Stanford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780804785884

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3534

Book Title


  • Military Adaptation in Afghanistan

Start Page


  • 108

End Page


  • 135

Place Of Publication


  • Stanford, United States

Abstract


  • Britain’s war in Afghanistan has, since 2006 , focused on Helmand Province

    in the south of the country. Under Operation (Op) HERRICK, the codename

    for Britain’s overall military campaign, forces were deployed into Helmand to

    provide security for the development of governance, services, and infrastructure.

    The British military soon found themselves drawn into a bloody struggle

    against insurgents for control of the province. In the Battle of Maiwand in

    , the British Army suffered ignominious defeat at the hands of a Helmandi

    army.1 It came close to doing so again. However, superior skill, firepower, and

    gritty determination enabled British troops to cling onto their positions across

    Helmand. Then, from 2007 on, the British military gradually adapted to the

    demands of the campaign. This chapter explores that painful process.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Farrell, T. (2013). Back from the Brink: British Military Adaptation and the Struggle for Helmand, 2006-2011. In T. Farrell, F. Osinga & J. A. Russell (Eds.), Military Adaptation in Afghanistan (pp. 108-135). Stanford, United States: Stanford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780804785884

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3534

Book Title


  • Military Adaptation in Afghanistan

Start Page


  • 108

End Page


  • 135

Place Of Publication


  • Stanford, United States