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 wrestle clinical technician. Ten years later she made historical past, turning 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 staff of people who fought relentlessly to carry Nad-e Ali, a dusty, sweltering hellhole surrounded through the Taliban. A regimen patrol into a space saturated with enemy opponents escalates right into a seven-week siege. dealing with the potential of loss of life day-by-day, Taylor writes of gun battles and threatening 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 presents a testomony to strive against medics around the globe. It highlights the an important position that they play in state-of-the-art 360-degree battlefield.
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You kill a Taliban fighter, and his eight brothers all become recruits for jihad. We’re fighting terror; they’re doped up on a holy war. My thoughts keep drifting along these lines, and I am aware that none of it is likely to ever change. The vehicle jolts, ending my reverie. Our convoy has come to a halt on the outskirts of Nad-e Ali. The two platoon sergeants, Monty Monteith and Scotty McFadden, get out of their vehicles and walk among the tired and bored troops to ensure that all is as it should be.
More explosions immediately slam into the base as RPGs rain down on us. They’re coming in from two sides. You feel the thud before you hear it; the explosions drill into your ears and rattle your brain a little. A cloud of broken bricks and dust fills my immediate air space; I can taste it. Another RPG drills into the wall opposite. I’m pinned down with Sean and Coaksee behind one of the wheels on the WMIK. The three of us have managed to cram ourselves into a space no bigger than your average truck wheel.
The young Jocks fall about laughing; this is the norm around here, and Ferris’s antics are a welcome break. Ferris has managed to take my mind off my itchy wrists, which are starting to bother me. I have a rash caused by the fibreglass on top of the Land Rover; it slowly gets under your skin. Sitting back with my food and a cup of tea, my mind drifts off. I start thinking about my time in army basic training, when I was always hungry, always drained. As recruit Taylor, I constantly wondered when the instructors or section commanders would finally stop beasting us – when they would feel they had subjected us to sufficient degradation.
Battleworn: The Memoir of a Combat Medic in Afghanistan by Chantelle Taylor