Outgunned, outmanoeuvred, hopelessly outnumbered
They were on "a peaceful mission to help bring security and stability to the region".
Instead, the 88 men of Easy Company – a mix of Paratroopers and the Royal Irish – faced the overwhelming force and firepower of up to 500 Taliban determined to over-run the remote Helmand outpost of Musa Qala. They were outgunned, outmanoeuvred, hopelessly outnumbered, for nearly two months.
Heroes of Helmand is on Channel 4 on August 16.