By Chantelle Taylor

Each inch a lady and each inch a warrior. In peace and warfare Taylor is as radiant as gold and as difficult as diamond' Sam Kiley - writer of determined Glory and overseas Affairs Editor of Sky information. Chantelle Taylor joined the British military in 1998 as a strive against scientific technician. Ten years later she made heritage, changing into the 1st lady soldier to kill a Taliban fighter in close-quarter wrestle whereas on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In Battleworn, she tells the tale of B corporation, a beleaguered workforce of people who fought relentlessly to carry Nad-e Ali, a dusty, sweltering hellhole surrounded by way of the Taliban. A regimen patrol into a space saturated with enemy combatants escalates right into a seven-week siege. dealing with the opportunity of demise day-by-day, Taylor writes of gun battles and dangerous patrols, culminating within the extraction of greater than sixty-six casualties with 4 killed in motion. a robust tale written with a humility that captures the occasionally impalpable humour of squaddies at warfare, Battleworn offers a testomony to wrestle medics around the world. It highlights the the most important function that they play in present day 360-degree battlefield.

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I travelled as far north as Manchester. Being away from home and on my own was initially daunting, but I eventually started to enjoy the independent feeling it gave me. My glory was short-lived, and the trips away came to an abrupt end after my hotel bar bill far exceeded what it should have. This pushed me one step closer to my decision to join the army. Growing up in the 1990s wasn’t without its problems; there were a lot of distractions for young boys and girls. The country was still angry about hard decisions made to decide how we would move forward economically.

Life sometimes places you exactly where you should be, for good or bad. The engine starts up, and we head off beneath the eerie light of the stars. My legs feel like jelly. The Taliban are out there, sons of the sons of the same resolute fighters that have always been there. They say Afghanistan is the ‘graveyard of empires’. The Afghans routed the Russians, and the tribes kept us Brits from planting the Union Jack over Kabul. In the third century BC, Alexander the Great lost half his army in four years of battle, only sealing the peace by marrying Roxana, daughter of a Bactrian named Oxyartes of Balkh (in Bactria, then the eastern Achaemenid Empire, now northern Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan).

We, like many before us, will leave our blood in the sand, and yet, one day we’ll be going home. They, on the other hand, will remain here, and they will still have the same tribal conflicts they had long before the coalition arrived. As for Coaksee, it’s amazing what a shot of natural adrenaline can do for you. It draws out a peculiar energy. You face death and then suddenly feel reborn. The colour is back in his cheeks, and he joins the other blokes outside. My mind works overtime calculating how many casualties I think we are going to have, and, if my calculations are correct, we’re fucked.

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