Stuck in the mud in the Green Zone

Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham ‘T’ Thurston is a soldier in 5 Platoon, B Company, the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’.  Private Thurston is based in the Nahr-e-Seraj District of Helmand Province as part of the 5 RIFLES Battle Group.

As the new Checkpoint Prrang (Tiger) takes shape in Kunjak, I have stayed behind in Checkpoint Jeker to drive the Husky vehicles which resupply three of our checkpoints.

When conducting a route recce for the new checkpoint, we drove down a road which had not been designed for vehicles.  As we crossed a fast-flowing stream, my vehicle got stuck.  The culvert we were crossing looked like it was strong enough.  However, either side was thick clay which had been soaked by recent rain, and when we went over we got stuck.  Every time we tried to move, the rear of the vehicle sank further into the wet clay.  This filled the tread on the tyres, meaning we had less and less grip.

Huskys on a route recce

Huskys on a route recce

Pushing, pulling, lifting and dragging

The two other Huskys tried to help us, but things didn’t go to plan: one of the vehicles attempting to pull us out came off the road and into a ditch.  With my vehicle stuck in wet clay and the front vehicle in a ditch, all hopes of self-recovery had ended in disappointment.  We needed help.  First we were sent a Medium Wheeled Tractor (MWT) which had the power and grip to at least get my vehicle unstuck; however, the MWT got bogged in as well.  The day was going from bad to worse.  Eventually, two Support Vehicles (Recovery) were called – basically a combination between a tank and a tractor.  After a full day of pushing, pulling, lifting and dragging, the stricken vehicles were freed.  When all the vehicles were out, we slowly moved back to Checkpoint Jeker, with one very battered-looking Husky.

Hopefully there won’t be too many more days like that before the end of tour.

14 thoughts on “Stuck in the mud in the Green Zone

  1. GOOD LUCK LADS WITH THE REST OF YOUR TOUR HOPE EVERYTHING GOES OK AND WE DONT HAVE ANY CASUALTYS. ALLWAYS THINKING OF OUR ARMED FORCES AND GREATFULL WISH I COULD JOIN YOU

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  2. Praising God you guys managed to get your vehicle’s out. We are proud of you guys in uniform. My son is also in the British Army, and we very proud of him. doing what he likes best since a small boy is becoming a pilot. doing his helicopter training at the moment. So yes you guys are often in my Prayers!!!! Gods Blessings to you all that reads this message

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  3. Oh, sorry to laugh, but this sounds pretty much like what my husband and his mates were up to on exercise in Germany! Might just be one of those “Highest Traditions” 🙂 Take good care of yourselves out there but don’t forget to laugh sometimes. xxx

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  4. Boys don’t be disheartened, we think u’r doing a wonderful job in the terrible conditions u have to cope with. Our thoughts and prayers are always with. God Bless u all for your courage and love for peace!. Joan Leeds and Family. Love to u all.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. I have the perfect song for you “Truck got stuck” by “Corb Lund”. LOL. Well done lads, you got there in the end. xx

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  6. You could have given the guys from the recovery a mention. After all without them you would still be there now

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  7. hahaha I’m sending this to a fellow co worker as he got the fire truck stuck in the mud! I’m laughing along with you and sending a link to a video of one of my favorite country songs about getting stuck. Each truck trying to pull out the last one! lol

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  8. Hi, It’s nice to hear that our friends at Helmond have days like us when eveerything goes wrong.. They will look back on this and laugh.. xxxx 🙂

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