"The significant combat I saw with British soldiers made me respect them more with each battle"
The writer is American reporter Michael Yon.
When big media refused to cover the war in Iraq, Michael Yon begged and borrowed the money he needed to fly in and report. He has been embedded with numerous American and British units in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has seen combat with all of those units. The British units included 2 Rifles, 4 Rifles, Queen's Royal Lancers, Duke of Lancaster's and 2 Para. Along the way we were among the many people sending him support.
What I can say, is that the significant combat I saw with British soldiers made me respect them more with each battle. Yes, it’s true their gear needs serious upgrading. The British government needs to spend billions to upgrade the hardware. But when it comes to the soldier, British soldiers are extremely well-trained, courageous and ready for a big firefight at the drop of a hat.
Our brothers and sisters are vastly outnumbered at Helmand Province in Afghanistan. I think about them several times a day and am concerned that they might take serious losses this year.
. . .The British are very close family. We are in a serious fight in Afghanistan. This is a team, and some members play harder than others. The British are ready and willing to throw hard shots. The British know the price of fighting. And they know that the price for not fighting can be much higher.
. . .The British fight very well, but they need better gear.
THEY NEED BETTER GEAR.
There must be someone in Britain who will defend their soldiers and get them the gear they need.
Thanks to Instapundit for the link.
Our previous Yon report here.