Military working dogs, these special pooches need extra care, like this dog had on patrol (Photo by Jamie Peters 26 Oct 12. Used with permission)

The British Army in Afghanistan Goes to the Dogs

Military working dogs, these special pooches need extra care, like this dog had on patrol (Photo by Jamie Peters 26 Oct 12. Used with permission)

Recently I linked up with a couple of British Army combat camera team currently deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. They were kind enough to permit me to use their photos.

I don't think the dog was as keen as the military vet to do some training. (Photo by Jamie Peters 12 Dec 12. Used with permission)

I don’t think the dog was as keen as the military vet to do some training. (Photo by Jamie Peters 12 Dec 12. Used with permission)

The comments below the photos are from the photographer. Just a little taste of the “King’s English” for you all today.

I borrowed the below information about the British Army in Afghanistan from Wikipedia .

Another MWD. They really do anything their handlers do include climbing ladders Afghanistan. (Photo by Jamie Peters 10 Dec 12 Used with permission)

Another MWD. They really do anything their handlers do include climbing ladders Afghanistan. (Photo by Jamie Peters 10 Dec 12 Used with permission)

The United Kingdom was one of the first countries which took part in Operation Enduring Freedom to topple the Taliban regime in autumn 2001.

Military Working Dog Who's a Good Boy Then!!!! (Photo by Mike Hubbard 4 Dec 12.  Used with permission)

Military Working Dog Who’s a Good Boy Then!!!! (Photo by Mike Hubbard 4 Dec 12. Used with permission)

As of 11 November 2012 there have been a total of 438 fatalities of British Forces personnel including MoD civilians. The vast majority of fatalities have taken place since the redeployment of British forces to the Taliban stronghold of Helmand province, as prior to deployment in this area only five men died between April 2002 and early March 2006.

Being a British Army working dog is hard work! This little chap is getting some rest! (Photo by Mike Hubbard 11 Dec 12.)

Being a British Army working dog is hard work! This little chap is getting some rest! (Photo by Mike Hubbard 11 Dec 12.)

In all, 395 of the fatalities are classed as killed “as a result of hostile action” and 43 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation. The Army has seen the heaviest losses, with 351 fatalities as of 11 November 2012. Typically those killed were aged between 20 and 29 and the biggest losses seen in 2009 and 2010. Of those killed, 434 were male and three were female.

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8 thoughts on “The British Army in Afghanistan Goes to the Dogs

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  2. Kevin Hanrahan Post author

    Thank you Carole. Thanks to Mike and Jamie for allowing me to use the photos. Thinking about all our deployed troops this holiday season.

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  3. christina juarez

    Amazing work you do! These photos are amazing your writing shows how much you truly care for these dogs. They are amazing gifts from God, enjoy your time with them!

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