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A Very British Hero

In A Very British Hero, Christina Schmid - the widow of army bomb disposal expert Oz Schmid - reveals how the Army is failing in its duty of care to this tiny elite band of soldiers who are at the very forefront of the war in Afghanistan.

In this specially-authored Panorama, she examines how Oz and his colleagues have been expected to work for months on end without a proper break defusing anything up to 10-15 Taliban devices a day in the harshest of conditions, because there simply aren't enough of them.

And she uncovers the decisions taken early in the war that helped contribute to this shortfall as the number and impact of Taliban IEDs (explosive devices) has risen dramatically.

29 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 May 2010 01:25
BBC One Northern Ireland

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterJeremy Vine
ProducerClaire Burnett
ParticipantChristina Schmid