Bag: large sleeping bag cover made of olive green gortex fabric.
This 'bivvi bag' sleeping cover was used by Captain Paul Kelly on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to the invasion of Iraq, the then Lieutenant Kelly used this as a shelter in the desert for five nights before the advance, 20km from the border.
Commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 12 April 2002, and assigned to 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Second Lieutenant Kelly's first operational deployment was during Operation TELIC 1, the Invasion of Iraq, in 2003. During that time he was initially a Watchkeeper (monitoring, vetting and relaying radio information for Y Company 1 RRF) before becoming a Platoon Commander in Basra. After being promoted to Captain, he deployed on Operation TELIC 6 in April 2005, serving on attachment to 1st Battalion (the Vikings), The Royal Anglian Regiment as the Company Operations Officer to the Brigade Operations Company, who amongst many other tasks conducted search and arrest operations for known terrorists in Southern Iraq. He later transferred to the Vikings and was subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2007 on Operation HERRICK 6 as a Mortar Officer with D (Cambridgeshire) Company. Captain Kelly was later made Officer Commanding Nowzad from June to August, and then returned to Camp Bastion to become the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target and Reconnaissance Officer between the remainder of August through to the end of the tour in October.