COMPANY COMMANDERS' INTERVIEWS, LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN, JANUARY 2008 (TAPE 1) [Allocated Title]
"Lessons learnt" interviews with officers in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick VII, giving their personal perspectives on their operational experiences.
Interview with Major Paul Bedford, C Squadron Household Cavalry (Formation Reconnaissance), about the tribal situation around Musa Qala and the hostile "Green Zone" around the Upper Sangin Valley; briefing includes details of specific incidents and relations with the Afghan National Army. Maintenance issues and vehicle availability are also discussed. He also gives conclusions and recommendations.
Interview with Major Tony Chattin OC 40 Commando Royal Marines based at FOB Gibraltar in the Upper Gereshk Valley, talking about his experiences and recommendations for ways in which the situation can be improved; he also talks about his experiences with the local people (who would like to see Afghan National Army troops in the area). He emphasises the speed of change in the situation on the ground.
Interview with Major Adrian Morley OC Alpha Company (Royal Marine Commando) at FOB Inkerman north west of Sangin (at the end of his tour) about his experiences and lessons learnt.
Interview with Captain James Ashworth Ops Officer with the BRF (Brigade Reconnaissance Force) in absence of OC Tony Phillips; he discusses his experiences and area of responsibility around Musa Qala and northwards. Pre-deployment training and operations are discussed amongst other topics.
Interview with Major Dan Cheeseman, OC Bravo Company 40 Commando in Sangin; training (including the need for live firing) is discussed. He also talks about tactics for tackling the Taliban.