Now that's what I call 'man-packing'! As a regimental signaller, I carried some loads in my day but I never wanted to swap places with the lads in the mortar platoon. I still remember how we all fell about laughing at one of them as we plodded off a DZ in Scotland and the poor bugger simply sank up to his waist in the boggy ground because of the enormous weight he was carrying. I really and truly feel for US Marine Cpl. Brian Knight. I sincerely hope he lives to tell the tale and bore his grandchildren to tears.
This site run by David Guttenfelder of AP is simply packed with terrific photos from which you can infer all you need to know about soldiering in Afghanistan.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Brian Knight, of Cincinnati, Ohio, with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 1st Battalion 5th Marines, pauses briefly in the heat to rest with his heavy pack filled with mortar equipment, ammunition, food, and water in the Nawa district in Afghanistan's Helmand province on July 4, 2009. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)