664 British troops have been injured in Afghanistan alone, when read against the numbers of troops conducting operations, rather than those in headquarters, these figures give a casualty ratio of one in five. The figures are now out of date, and by the time the battlegroup finishes its tour it is likely that as many as one in four patrolling troops may be added to the list of dead and wounded.
This is the heaviest casualty rate of any British unit based in Helmand so far. It includes the losses of C Company 2 Rifles, which has suffered the worst casualties of any Nato sub-unit in Afghanistan. In addition, disease and non-battlefield injuries are claiming about five soldiers a week from the battlegroup’s operational capacity.