Richard Dorney

The Killing Zone
  • The Killing Zone

  • On a tour of duty in the Helmand River Valley, the Grenadier Guards faced the toughest challenge of their lives...

    Carrying out patrols in the most fiercely contested land in Afghanistan the Guards were under fire almost constantly. The summer of 2007 saw some of the most frequent and intense combat yet, beyond what anyone could have predicted. Based in isolated forward operating bases their nearest reinforcements were often miles away, down a track strewn with deadly roadside bombs.

    The Killing Zone is an action-packed and authentic insight into the real Afghanistan. This is what it’s like to deliberately draw fire on your own position so that your mates can escape an ambush, to experience the adrenaline rush of being the first in to clear a Taliban compound, and to rely on skill, loyalty and quick-thinking to survive in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard 'Skid' Dorney joined the Grenadier Guards aged 16. He has served in Northern Ireland (6 tours), the first Gulf War, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as NW Europe, Africa and the Far East. He is a decorated soldier and an ex Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He established the Army Trauma Risk Management Training Team in 2008 and for three years was the Army's non-clinical subject matter expert, working with serving soldiers and veterans. He holds an MSc in War and Psychiatry and is a member og Combat Stress, The Armed Forces Mental Welfare Society. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland in 1994, received an MBE in 2007 and became a Member of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2010.

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