20 Aug '12, 3pm

Afghanistan through the eyes of UK soldiers

The BBC has been given unprecedented access to thousands of hours of footage shot by British soldiers in Helmand, showing some of the fiercest fighting of the war in Afghanistan so far. The footage offers a gripping and poignant insight into every aspect of a young soldier's experience in a new three-part TV series that starts tonight. 'Into the Hornet's Nest' captures on camera a daring mission deep into enemy territory during Afghanistan's bloodiest summer on record. Troop surges in 2010 forced the Taliban to fight dirty, using more improvised explosive devices than ever. Against this backdrop a 100-strong company from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was deployed into one of the most dangerous areas of Helmand, tasked with protecting a vital road link in a three-day operation nicknamed the 'Hornet's Nest' by troops. During a heavy fire fight lasting hours,...

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