Hero squaddies who can’t wait to get home

PUBLISHED: 11:52 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:59 25 August 2010

TWO brave soldiers who are leading the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan are to return home - in time for one to

TWO brave soldiers who are leading the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan are to return home - in time for one to witness the birth of his first child.

Signaller Danny Attwood, 20, from Crayford, is currently serving with 7th Signal Regiment in Kabul, Afghanistan.

His comrade Corporal Brett "Bomber" Harries, 33, from Dartford, is serving with the same regiment.

With the death toll know eclipsing that of the Iraq war the duo are keen to be re-united with their family when they return to their base in Germany on August 18 and the UK four days later.

Signaller Attwood, an ex-Abbey Wood School pupil who joined the army in 2005, is due to meet his fiancée Charlene in Germany where they are both based. She is pregnant and they plan to marry next year.

He said: "I feel my time out here has definitely helped me to get a further understanding of different cultures and what's going on in the world."

But speaking about his imminent return, the keen sportsman who hopes to become a physical training instructor in the future, added: "For now I'm looking forward to getting back to Germany and holding Charlene's hand for the birth."

Signaller Attwood is employed as a communications system operator and spends his time between Kandahar and Shorabak. His team is responsible for technical support to the regional NATO headquarters. Usually based in North Germany, the West Ham fan will be returning home earlier than the rest of his regiment so he can witness the birth of his first child.

Corporal Brett Harries, a former Dartford West High School for Boys pupil, joined the Territorial Army at 20-years-old after recovering from meningitis. He belongs to the Bexleyheath-based 71st Signal Regiment and was mobilised for Operation Herrick 10 in Afghanistan.

A communications system operator by trade, Brett was assigned to the motor transport department as a driver operator and completed training in vehicle top cover and reaction to ambushes and enemy fire. Speaking about his deployment, he said: "If only I knew then what I'd let myself in for."

On arrival in Kabul he was assigned to weapons intelligence specialist to gather information on roadside bombs and dealing with the insurgency threat.

He added: "I enjoy every day. The job is so diverse you never know what to expect and I enjoy the fast-ball, reactionary lifestyle. It's so diverse you never know what you're driving to."

His job in Kabul could not be further from his civilian routine but Corporal Harries is looking forward to the tour drawing to a close to re-unite with fiancée Carrie and baby Rhys, adding: "This deployment has been a real eye-opener to the kind of conflict out here and the levels of violence the insurgents are willing to go to. Kabul displays the massive poverty gap which exists across the country.

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