The Ministry of Defence this week announced that the Royal Engineers had completed a bridge build in Afghanistan despite having to work under a smoke screen to provide cover while under fire from the Taliban.
A fire fight started as a team from the 10 Field Squadron (Air Support) was laying the foundations for a new bridge to carry up to 100t vehicles in Nad e-Ali, in the Helmand Province.
The team returned the next day in darkness to finish work on the bridge. However, as it got light the insurgents started firing on them again so they created a smoke screen with grenades to give them cover. As the smoke cleared the insurgents were confronted with the fully installed brand new bridge.