The Taliban consider Mazdurak a safe haven. No coalition forces have set foot inside, and C Company is going in to stir up the hornets’ nest in order to discover the Taliban’s real strength.
As dawn breaks, the platoon has assembled for the raid into the village and is ready to go.
Sleepy Mazdurak - it's not often the Taliban are caught unawares!
The Taliban rouse themselves, one group scampering to the rooftop of this large building
First section takes fire crossing paddy field. As well as taking fire from the town a couple of PKM-armed Taliban pop up right in front of them
The Taliban commanders show their contempt for the rules of warfare
Second section advances using the cover of one of the outlying houses - but trouble brews over the British radio as they hear that Colour Sergeant Siskey has been seriously wounded and the platoon becomes despondent.
Taliban reinforcements arrives from Khvolehabad across the wadi
A covert lone Taliban approaches with potted IED
The Taliban prepare to repulse the British assault on the village
Two of the remaining upright members of first section charge across the open ground towards the large compound, leaving their mates safely behind the berm at the paddy field
A torrent of fire has immediate effect on the British unit providing a base of fire for the raid - all four members of this fireteam and a sniper go down
A long and drawn out two-man assault clears out the compound
Having taken some serious losses, the British are defeated by a close score of 14-12, despite discovering the strenght of the Taliban and establishing a foothold in Mazdurak.
Lesson for the Day: Overwatch is useful and a two-pronged attack has got to be mutually supporting from the off