The Royal Marines have just announced that they are pulling back and out of Afghanistan now, the first UK Force to do so. The final phases of the pull-out are scheduled for the end of 2014. The Royals who were one of the first unit to deploy to Afghanistan have done their bit and they can now rest [hopefully in their Somerset base].

Over the years, the MOD has issued figures of our losses in terms of fatalities and the injured. Figures have now being issued to cover losses up to the end of February 2013.  Let us hope that the need for those issues will lessen as will the numbers shown in them.

Here is the latest MOD issue. AFGHANISTAN UK FATALITIES 2001 TO END FEBRUARY 2013.pdf        

Both TABLES are divided into two parts east to west.  The top table covers all aspects of casualties/deaths whether they were treated in  Afghanistan at a Field Hospital or air lifted home. It covers all levels of injuries on the battlefield and deaths from natural causes i.e., non battle injuries. The bottom table deals with fatalities only and this is the table most people assess the fortunes about the campaign on.   In both cases, the top half of each table totals-up over the years 2001 to Feb 28 2013 deaths/casualties whilst the bottom half totals-up the casualty numbers for the whole of 2012 plus January and February of 2013.

The top table has four columns and the second and third columns have three sets of figures shown vertically. Column one has the dates and column four have a single vertical row of figures. Using column two and the first vertical row of figures [starts with 3 and works down to 4 in the bottom half] you will see that the figures add up to 51 covering the period 1st January 2001 to 28th February 2013. Now look above to the top half of the top table staying in the same vertical column of figures. The figures alongside 2012 = 44 and those for 2013 [to 28th Feb] = 7.  Together they = 51.  The other years in that vertical column 2011 back to 2001add up to = 549, and that plus the 51 totals 600, the sum of all the numbers in that vertical column.  The same addition method applies to the all the other figures in all the vertical columns in the top half of Table One. It tells you that the Field Hospital treated 6564 people approximately one third {31.93%} for battle wounds and over two thirds {68%} for non battle wounds and disease. Note the huge figure of 6568 people MEDIVACED [Aeromed Evacuations] home for treatment in UK hospitals or I should imagine in coffins for home burials!

In Table Two, we see that as of the 28th February 2013, a total of 440 people died, 347 killed in action, 50 of wounds and 43 by other means. Indent para 4 defines what some of these 'others' were. 2012 has been a relatively peaceful year with only 42 fatalities [42 too many of course] with 2 fatalities in 2013. Let us all pray that we lose no more boys or girls and that any more sacrifices should fall to the Afghans themselves. We all know that our sacrifice has been for naught and that 2014 can not come soon enough. God Bless you all.