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Review of Lifeline in Helmand
on 13 February 2011
Lifeline in Helmand is Roger Annett's third, and in my opinion best, book to date. It embraces a variety of Service units, their preparation training, deployment, operational roles, recovery and 'decompression' after leaving Afghanistan. Not only is it powerfully factual, but also goes behind the action to seek out the feelings of all those involved. This is done sensitively but makes wonderful reading. It also discloses differences of opinion at various levels on the usefulness of our involvement in Afghanistan. That apart, this excellent book shows all the members of our Armed Forces working successfully together to achieve a united aim.
It also highlights the increasing importance of transport and helicopter aircraft and crews, together with intelligence gathering unmanned drones.
Anyone seeking to redefine the purpose of our Royal Air Force should read this book.