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Coyote in Afghanistan

A Coyote armoured vehicle on patrol near Kandahar Airfield.

 


A derelict Soviet tank stands sentinel in a dug-in position in the mountains surrounding  Kabul in Afghanistan. The red rocks mark mines that have still not been cleared.

A soldier of the Afghan National Army poses next to his PKM machinegun at a hilltop observation post near Kabul

A young recruit to the Afghan National Army tries out his brand new Kalashnikov at a  training range near Kabul

Some of houses dotted over what the range of hills which bisects Kabul in Afghanistan. The  barbed wire on the bonnet of the vehicle was intended to discourage suicide bombers from  jumping on board.

Canadian troops set off down an alleyway in Kabul to look at a possible possible site for a  small scale aid project to benefit city inhabitants.

This photo taken in the gardens of the Canadian Embassy in Kabul was an attempt at something artsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Canadian surveillance post in the mountains outside Kabul.

The hull of a Soviet BTR armoured personnel carrier is all that's left after locals in a village near Kabul strip it down for scrap

An armoured car from Lord Strathcona's Horse keeps an eye on the crowd at a football

match between Canadian troops and a local side from Kandahar shortly after the Taliban

were first expelled from the city.

 

Canadians find RPG cache

A member of the Lord Strathcona's Horse prepares to mark with spray paint the location of a

cache of rocket propelled grenades found in a road culvert.

Soviet Barracks at Kandahar Airport

A Soviet-occupation era barracks block near Kandahar Airport. An aircraft fuselage is lodged in one of the top floor rooms

Canadian soldiers apply cam-cream in Afghanistan

 A Canadian soldier applies some "war paint"

 

A Canadian soldier applies some make-up.

 

PPCLI foot patrol in Afghanistan

A foot patrol from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry near Kandahar Airfield.

An Afghan village.

A bomb damaged home in the village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Captain Alex Watson of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry inspects a well supplied by the

Canadian Forces to a village near Kanadahar Air Field. The man in the baseball cap is an Afghan translator.

Canadian soldier with Afghan children

Canadian Soldiers let some Afghan boys try on their helmets for size.

 

Canadian and American combat engineers find booby-trap in ammunition cache

Canadian and US combat engineers find a booby-trap based on a grenade wired to a box

of old Soviet ammunition at Kandahar Airfield.

 

Canadian combat engineers destroy Soviet ammunition in Afghanistan

This cache of abandoned Soviet ammunition near Kandahar Airfield has been doused with

diesel by Canadian and US combat engineers shortly before they blew it up.

The building containing the booby-trapped ammunition cache is prepared for demolition.

The building  is blown up.

A dense cloud of smoke drifts from the site of the explosion.

Canadian soldiers of  Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry during live-fire exercise at Tarnac Farms in Afghanistan

Many combat photos over the past century have in fact been taken during training exercises.

Think about it, what kind of crazy photographer would actually place themselves in front of

their own side with their back to the enemy.

Ditto

 

Ditto

 

 A soldier from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry takes aim with a General Purpose

Machine Gun at a target during a live-fire exercise near Kandahar Airfield.

Canadian 60mm mortar in Afghanistan

Two members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry train with a 60mm mortar during a life-fire exercise.

Canadian Carl Gustav in Afghanistan

A Canadian Carl Gustav anti-tank crew at work during a live-fire exercise. Machine gun crews can be seen in the background. A week later a US jet pilot attacked a night-time live-fire exercise believing that the Carl Gustav was an anti-aircraft missile. He missed the CG crew but killed four machine gunners.

The covered walkway leading from the main Kandahar Airport building to the runway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 An off-duty Canadian soldier working out with improvised weights at Kandahar Airfield.

This is one for anyone out there who is familiar with the Boardwalk at Kandahar Air Field. It shows the dining facilities at the base in early 2002. The tent covers a bare concrete pad. No tables and chairs for the fine diners of Task Force Rakkasan.

Me, pretending to read Pickwick Papers outside the media tent at Kandahar Airfield. The tin hat and flack jacket weren't exactly up to code but both were the price of admission for reporters to the base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kosovo

British troops examine a Landrover blown up by a bomb in Skopje before NATO entered Kosovo

Canadian troops arrived in Kosovo to find houses set alight only minutes before. Local Muslims blamed ethnic Serbs fleeing northwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Canadian combat engineer is presented with a rose by one of the oldest inhabitants of a village in Kosovo in 1999.

Two Canadian combat engineers decorate the cab of their lorry with roses presented to them by Muslims as they drove into Kosovo in 1999.

 

I took this photo while lying under a Canadian truck after shots were heard. I was trying

for a picture of one the Canadians pointing to where he thought the shots were coming from

but the auto-focus on the camera captured a blade of grass in front of the lens in exquisite detail instead.

After I sorted out the auto-focus I took this picture of some of the soldiers at their stand-to

positions. The very sharp-eyed will spot that the soldier with the light machine gun under

the tailgate of the truck is wearing a British helmet. He was the driver for the British officer

who was acting as a Nato liaison with the Canadian combat engineers.

Ghurkas in Kosovo

Gurkha troops guarding the main road on the Kosovo side of the province's border with

the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

British Royal Engineers Armoured Bulldozer in Kosovo

The NATO advance into Kosovo was delayed when a British armoured bulldozer got stuck

or broke down in the the road tunnel leading from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

I think this is the bulldozer.

Scotland

View from Jaguar near Tain Bombing Range

The view from the back seat of Jaguar training jet near the Tain Bombing Range north of Inverness.

 

 

 

 

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