Army: Behind the New Frontlines
Filmed over 18 months, this series goes into the heart of the British Army. Through the eyes of the rank and file and the leaders, it shows the challenges of fighting wars when we are not at war. The British army in 2017 is in uncharted territory. They have not been at war for three years. After controversial campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is political and public opposition to military intervention overseas. The army’s budgets are under pressure and they have the smallest troop numbers since the days of Cromwell.
Part 1: The Battle for Mosul
In this episode, the army returns to Iraq where they have a bloody history. 179 British soldiers were killed here between 2003 and 2011. Now they are helping the Iraqis defeat IS. As the battle for Mosul begins, the series is with the regiments operating behind the frontlines. Can the army face off their enemies, find lasting peace and avoid being drawn into costly new wars?
Part 2: The New Cold War
In this episode, the army is sent to Estonia, on the frontline of a new cold war. As Russia flexes its muscles in Ukraine and there is a massive build up of troops across Eastern Europe, the risk of miscalculation is very real. Can the British army deter Russian expansion and avoid being drawn into a costly new war?
Part 3: Keeping the Peace in South Sudan
In this episode, the British Army is deployed on a UN peacekeeping operation to protect thousands escaping South Sudan’s civil war. In a country where government troops can be lawless and corrupt, can the British Army help build peace and stop genocide? South Sudan is the world’s newest country. It gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but quickly descended into civil war.