Writer Christian Hill talks about his highly individual portrait of war journalism… May 2011, Afghanistan: Camp Bastion is under attack,The Sun’s Defence Editor is about to catch the wrong helicopter, and a famous TV war reporter is missing half his kit and wants his trainers back. Amid the chaos, Captain Christian Hill is preparing to lead his Combat Camera Team on the British Army’s first big operation of the summer, inching through the IED-riddled fields of the notorious Green Zone.
A reservist in the Media Operations Group, his job is to promote the war to the British media - and make it look like things are under control and getting better… Christian Hill joined the British Army in 1996,completing officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before being posted to 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. He served as Troop Commander and later Operations Officerin Canada, Germany, Jordan, Bosnia and the Falkland Islands. After four years he left the army and worked as a showbiz reporter in London before joining the BBC as a broadcast journalist. In 2009 he returned to soldiering as a reservist in the Media Operations Group, serving as a Combat Camera Team leader in Afghanistan in the summerof 2011.
The author’s proceeds from the sale of this book go to the charity Combat Stress.
‘Excellent…harrowing and witty... shines a much needed light into the chaos and confusion of modern warfare.’ Sean Rayment, author of Bomb Hunters