🇬🇧 To lose a friend at Kajaki Dam 🇦🇫 | Return To Hope documentary


I’ll try and paint a picture of Kajaki. Beautiful
place, you know. We was in the mountain tops, you know, on
top of the high ground. Pretty much safe when I was there. There’s
nothing there at all, nothing whatsoever. Just a mountain top with mines marked everywhere.
A track leading down to the reservoir. But hell of a view. You know, you could put
a resort there, you know, it’s lovely. But it was relatively quiet when I was there,
until that day when Mark got killed. And I remember that day as if it was yesterday,
you know, me and Mark. It was in the morning, we knocked up some
porridge, we was eating porridge together.
I heard a couple of explosions in the background – thought of nothing.
Another explosion in the background – thought of nothing. Whoever is the team medic, they get over to
the other OP, you know, there’s a man down. So me being trained up, took my rifle, my
webbing, and all my kit. And done a, God knows, a mile run in how many
minutes. You know, went for it. Got told where Stu
was. So yeah, that was the first incident what
happened. Thinking that would have been it. And then that stretch was meant to be cleared.
So we walked back with a stretcher, with Stu on a stretcher.
Then we walked back to, well Stu Pearson walked back to get some water where we was treating
the other Stu Hale. That’s when Stu Pearson got blown up, maybe
about five meters away from us. And that’s when I thought, you know, we’re
in a minefield here. And then obviously when Mark got hit… you
know, one of your mates who you went to Sangin with, Gereshk with, the first op with… to
then, you know, getting hit out on the ground. You know, it wasn’t nice, watching him get
blown up in front of you. You had Mark Wright, you had Barlow, got blown
up. You had a medic who got shrapnel through his
chest. A couple of blokes got injured slightly.
To a point where Mark got hit twice with a mine.
Had to use, and I remember using my shirt off my back to use as a tourniquet for Mark. But seeing that Black Hawk, was like an angel
from above. I was there all day, you know, watching the
Apaches above us, you know, giving us top cover, to this Black Hawk coming in with some
lunatic of a medic, hanging off a winch. Comes down and he’s walking around as if,
you know, nothing. We’re going “F— it’s a minefield, it’s
a minefield!” He’s “Ah, don’t worry about it, don’t
worry,” hooking the injured blokes up first, to then us non-injured blokes up last. I know what happened that day. I know. I watched
it first hand from my own eyes what happened to every single bloke, apart from Stu Hale
which I wasn’t there initially, to Mark getting lifted out, to Mark’s last words to me.
Being one of the last blokes out, you know, I was covered from head to toe in blood from
where the downwash from the Black Hawk… like a storm of blood. So yeah, it was a long shit day, especially
seeing my mate in the state he was. He said “Tell my uncle, I was a good soldier.
And tell my fiancée I love her.” That was it. I do think about it all the time. All the
time.

30 thoughts on “🇬🇧 To lose a friend at Kajaki Dam 🇦🇫 | Return To Hope documentary

  1. Jesus, this story was brutal.

    Sad to hear, but also great that I got hear it in another way.

  2. What do you say apart from in sorry you know ah man. I'm in tears.

  3. These boys should be on millions a day for what they do and have to go through not only whilst serving for there country even after they retire real heroes

  4. Watched kajaki yesterday, what a great film but also very sad. You guys are true heroes

  5. Most realistic military film I've seen and probably the best, alongside Lone Survivor. Those lads went through hell that day, bless them all.

  6. Upmost Respect to all our forces past, present and the fallen.

  7. This reminds me exactly why I stand in shopping malls, precincts in the cold, snow or blazing heat, as a promoter/fundraiser for Airborne forces veterans. End off.
    We're it not for the intervention of illness, I could have been one of those there. So instead I "Support Our Paras". Whether veterans of Arhnem, Falklands, N.I. or Kajaki.

  8. But this IS something.. different about the Paratrooper. Or Para. Often in recent history, they've either been in the Vanguard, in the face of great risk, or beside other Regiments that do. My dad, Uncle & cousin, rarely spoke about there experiences under fire. They kind of..just accepted that was the job. To be knee deep in shit. At any hour, of any day. And make best of it. That's why there's a certain respect for them. In my work, you see it in people's reactions when they see you represent the Paras.

  9. They were brave men, they died with dignity. My Brother is in the army and i could imagine how sad me, my family would be. With me ill do anything for my team no matter what, id rather sacrifice myself then sacrifice my men.

  10. I'm an ex-squaddie and this film is the most realistic film that has been made in ages. Proper squaddie banter. Brilliant stuff. True heros

  11. Thank you for your service in Afghanistan. You are not only a hero for ur country fellows but a hero for the country who lost their loved one to those mines over decades.

  12. I was 14 miles to the south……. at this point I'd left the Brit Army and joined the Legion………. we heard shit was going wrong…… and we were on our way….. Sgt Gedez told us to shut the fuck up and sit down…….. so I never got near the dam. But I give you my word if things were different……..(I know we couldn't have helped) but you guys are legends….. not just as paras, not just as soldiers….. but as men. I wish I could of helped in some way.

  13. No man should have to die by mines.
    At least go fighting not by surprise

  14. Went through training with Stu Pearson when he first joined up, as a jock in the Scots Division up at Milton Bridge, didnt realise when this happened that he was involved at Kajaki when it was all over the news, this has to be the best, gritty "war" film out, not cinematic bullshit but the true face of war

  15. 455 UK troops were killed and at least 2500 were wounded in action in Afghanistan.

    21 were casualties on the same day as this incident in September 2006 (3 killed and 19 wounded in three separate incidents in one day, 3 of the 19 wounded lost limbs).

    The worst years for British troops was 2009 and 2010, both years had 104-108 killed.

    The worst month was probably July 2009 with 22 British troops killed and well over a hundred wounded, but several other months were nearly as bad in terms of casualties suffered.

  16. I've seen pictures of hilltop positions in Afghanistan (karjaki and I think one overlooking musa qala town with a river in front and massive mountains in the distance).

    I've never been but it looked like the 15-19th century, with a handful of troops with bashas and foxholes overlooking the whole scene.

    Of all of the different parts of Afghanistan, some look like English farmland, some look like alpine hillsides, but the views of karjaki and musa qala looked like a cross between a beautiful view and something from a weird nightmare..

    What a place to have to fight..

  17. Watched that film late one night and I was fuckin gutted for days after, it was a film I know but was as near as a civey like my self is going to get to what actually happened, any of you lads who served out their have our nations gratitude, we all know the pollitition s are a bunch of cunts and many left wing arse holes as well, but speaking from the heart you lads are the pride of the nation true Brits, RIP Mark and God bless you

  18. Top lads! But i suppose it crawlin with terry today! That what pisses me right off.

  19. My boys dad was involved in the kajaki incident and lost his leg was a very stressful and heart breaking time. So proud of all the lads for what they do.

  20. What a Soldier, An awesome Para indeed….God bless you all!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I have watched your story just now. I wish I could say something but I'm speechless.

    I will now have the minute if silence.

  22. As they were on active duty, why were they awarded a civilian medal, rather that the V,C,/…anyone know?

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