Your book is something which I will treasure as long as I live and I will read it again and again.
I hope that pressure from MoD has not made you tone down descriptions of the deaths of these servicemen.
Being informed that “he had not suffered too much…one listens with disbelief and in quiet resignation”. The relative detected that what had happened to a dying soldier was “not thought a proper topic for discussion”, perhaps because too much knowledge might alter views about the war.
I therefore welcome descriptions of what happens when a man is killed on the battlefield, as I read today in your account of Lt Col Thorneloe.
Too bad if it makes uncomfortable reading for the Ministry of Defence and Her Majesty’s Government.
EVERY COPY OF AFGHANISTAN WAR BOOK BOUGHT AND PULPED BY MOD
"The MoD has bought the entire first print run of the book. This action was taken because at a late stage the text of the book was found to contain information that could damage national security and put at risk the lives of members of the armed forces."
"Faced with the stark choice between compromising the security of members of the armed forces and their families and making payment to the publisher for amendments to a book which had already been printed, MoD had little option but to negotiate a settlement."