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East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan

Troops from the East Midlands spent more than twelve years on operations in Afghanistan. Jeremy Ball travelled there to cover four tours of duty and reported on their achievements and their sacrifices.

East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan: Arrival

Soldiers from Leicestershire and Lincolnshire were among the first British troops deployed in response to the 9/11 attacks. Jeremy Ball joined the Royal Anglian regiment in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul in 2002.

East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan: Fighting

Several hundred soldiers from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire served in Helmand Province with the Mercian Regiment's second battalion. We joined them in June 2009 as they fought some of the British Army's toughest battles since World War Two.

East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan: Casualties

The war in Afghanistan claimed the lives of more than 20 personnel from the East Midlands. Many others suffered life changing physical and mental injuries.

East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan: Homefront

The Mercian Regiment's second battalion served four gruelling tours of duty in Helmand Province. East Midlands Today met soldiers preparing for their final deployment in 2011, and followed their families back in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan: Lancers

Hundreds of soldiers from across the East Midlands deployed to Helmand Province with the Queens Royal Lancers and the 9th/12th Royal Lancers. Many served in the elite "Brigade Reconnaissance Force", which targeted insurgent leaders behind enemy lines.

East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan: Drawdown

Hundreds of troops from the East Midlands took part in the handover to Afghan forces in 2014. Jeremy Ball and cameraman, Adam Walker, travelled to Helmand Province to report on their achievements and sacrifices.

East Midlands Troops in Afghanistan: Legacy

As the final troops return to the East Midlands -- what have they achieved in Afghanistan? Have their sacrifices been worth it? And how has it affected the families of soldiers who were killed?