Thursday, June 26, 2014

AFG Operational medals for The Poachers

From British Army:

26 June 2014

Soldiers who were heavily involved in training Afghan Security Forces and the closure of the last major bases in Afghanistan have received their Operational Service Medals.

More than 300 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment marched on to the parade square to receive their campaign medals from Major General Simon Porter who is the President of the Royal Anglian Association and was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment from 1997–1999.

Also on parade was World War Two veteran Harry Bellamy who presented members of the Drums Platoon with their Campaign medals. Harry (90) served with the Sherwood Foresters and the 46th Lincolnshire Regiment as a territorial soldier. He saw action in Monte Cassino before being captured at the Battle of Anzio and spending the last 14-months as a prisoner of war. 

 The Poachers

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as The Poachers, recruits from across East Anglia and the East Midlands and is based at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland. It deployed for one of the final tours of Helmand in September last year. Their tour saw the handing over of Main Operating Base Lashkar Gah and Patrol Base Lashkar Gah Durai to Afghan control. A third base Main Operating Base Price was also closed....  

There is more - here. 

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