Desert of Death - or Dasht-e-Margo - is the locals' name for the barren terrain of south-west Afghanistan. Before Captain Leo Docherty was deployed there in the spring of 2006, he used the name as a joke. After all, he went to the region with more hope than fear. Back from Iraq, where he had taken part in missions with the Marines and SAS, he looked forward to a new campaign. Here was a war which could not only be won, but which could improve the lives of the Afghan people. Brimming with confidence, and knowledge of Pashtu, Urdu and Arabic, he was ready to make a difference ...DESERT OF DEATH is a brilliantly vivid on-the-ground report of the events which led to the fiercest fighting faced by UK troops since the Korean War. It is a story of bravery and making-do, of farce and misadventure, and above all it is an unforgettable story of war in the twenty-first century.