Patrick Hennessey

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A Million Bullets: The Real Story of the British Army in Afghanistan

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A Million Bullets is a timely account of the British Army’s deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from March to October 2006 (known as Operation Herrick 4). In his postscript, Fergusson makes a rather belated justification for his somewhat sensationalist title. He feels ‘bound to point out that, actually, only half that number of bullets had been fired during the Herrick 4 period [he] was writing about.’

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