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Back on the Home Front

Back on the Home Front: BBC One 8:30pm Monday 9 June 2008.

Panorama revisits the Grenadier Guards who fought on the frontline in Afghanistan last summer and asks what happened after Taking on the Taleban.

In the Panorama special: Taking on the Taleban, Panorama followed a unit of British soldiers - the Grenadier Guards - for six months as they fought on the frontline in Afghanistan.

The programme captured some of the fiercest close quarter combat fought by British troops in over half a century.

Now Panorama catches up with those soldiers.

Leaving the army

Some tell Panorama they are planning to leave the army.

The shorter breaks between tours of duty have meant they have been away from their families for longer than usual.

Others have decided they just want a different career altogether.

This is at a time when the army is experiencing acute manpower shortages particularly in the infantry.

Military honours

Soldiers fire from behind a wall
Taking on the Taleban -The Soldiers' Story was on BBC One, 5 Nov 2007

Others have been rewarded for their outstanding bravery.

The man in charge of the men the unit featured in the programme, Major Martin David, has been awarded the Military Cross.

Only four others from his regiment have been honoured in this way since the Second World War.

Panorama: Back on the Home Front will be on BBC One at 8.30pm on Monday 9 June 2008.


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