During these exercises, the Battalion played the parts of insurgents and local nationals, wearing Afghan clothing while conducting pre-planned serials to test the exercising troops.
By providing a pattern of life and serials for the exercising troops, the Fusiliers, be they farmers, builders, mullahs or washing machine salesmen, gave the troops about to deploy to Afghanistan the best possible environment in which to train.
The cost of the Monument is £25k and it is estimated that a further £10k will be needed for the unveiling ceremony in 2013 to which all Fusiliers and the families of our Fusiliers killed in action will be invited.
The Colonel in Chief will be invited to lead the ceremony.
Everyone is looking forward to a change as the Battalion joins 1 Brigade and starts to prepare for deploying on Operations in the near future. Despite the persistently soggy weather (made all the more miserable by the swelteringly hot previous few days) Thursday 4th August was a memorable day for 38 soldiers from X Company for several reasons.
Not only was it Battalion Minden Day, which is always a good day, but more importantly as part of the Minden Day celebrations, the 38 soldiers who served in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 13 as part of the Battle Casualty Replacement Cohort were awarded their Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan.
The dimensions will be approx 8 ft wide and 6 ft high.
Since then it has definitely been two years of hard work as men have deployed on numerous exercises in support of courses, Brigades about to deploy on operations, and equipment trials.
A recurring theme throughout this time has been support to the PASHTUN series of exercises for brigades about to deploy to Afghanistan.
We are still in negotiation with them over whether it can be put into the same location as the current memorial, but early indications are that this is achievable.
An artist's impression of the new Memorial is shown below.