Ian Baird and his girlfriend
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Life with the Lancers: Home on leave

Between December 2009 and 2010, BBC News followed the progress of four soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers from basic training to deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Filmed by the soldiers themselves and army camera crews, as well as by the BBC, the footage captured everything from the shock of coming under fire to coping with harsh conditions.

In this video, Trooper Ian Baird comes home on leave from Afghanistan for two weeks and talks about the shock of being back.

  • 16 Dec 2010