Soldiers from just one company who lost five comrades in operations in Afghanistan have returned home to Britain to a tremendous reception from loved ones.
The 60 soldiers from A Company 4th Battalion The Rifles arrived back at their base in Bulford, Wiltshire, after the six-month tour to flag waving applause and emotional scenes.
The men had been delayed by two days by the volcanic ash cloud and were late to the base but that did not deter family and friends from rushing towards them when the coaches finally arrived.
The unit, commanded by Major Richard Streatfeild was based in the Sangin District of Northern Helmand, as part of 3 Rifles Battle Group.
Major Streatfeild, 37, from Chiddingstone, Kent, was hugged by his wife Rachel, 36, and their children Emily, five, and three-year-old Henry.
"It's pretty good to be back," he said. "It's nice to see the family again. The morale of the company is pretty good. We recognise we have not brought everyone home - those families are in our thoughts. Today is a time of happiness for the guys."
Mrs Streatfeild said: "I'm very happy it's all over. We have five weeks' leave coming up and we are going to have some quality family time together."
She added that the families back in Britain had been supportive to each other at the stressful time.
Sergeant Ross Jones, 28, originally from Southampton but now based in South Africa was met by his parents, sister and nephews and nieces.
"It's great to be here and the reception was great," he said. "You miss your family when you are out there but you're doing a job."