It's now 20 June 2002, seventeen days since the last fight, and Royal Marines are in Kabul. They escorted Pasha Gul safely to the Loya Jirga, and maintained security for it (as part of ISAF) until its close on 19 June 2002. But with their protection mission completed the Section is looking to visit the merchant recommended them by Pasha Gul, the man that can tell them who ambushed them and their location.
The Section has been brought back to full strength, and it's all hands on deck. Knocker has gone back to his SAW as Corporal "Sherlock" Livingston was brought over from another platoon to lead the Section. Three more men were brought over from battalion headquarters element: Marine "Able" Baker, Marine "Rip" Shorn, and Marine "Geeves" Holliday.
Time to fight.
The right-hand column is doing okay, but the left-hand is taking care of business.
The fight went well, with seven more enemy KIA and no casualties. It turns out that True was only knocked out by an AK round skipping off his helmet, and Geeves wasn't even hit. The guys are a bit worried about him; this was his first action. He was doing great, performing admirably, perhaps even a bit too brash. Kinda common in some new guys that think they're Superman they told him, but he's really got a case of the yips. He had a round take off his intra-squad radio headset, and another go through his uniform sleeve, just below his left armpit. We'll have to keep an eye on him.
More to come.