Life on the front line

EXHIBITION Major Karl Boswell cooling off is one of the pictures on show
EXHIBITION Major Karl Boswell cooling off is one of the pictures on show

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A RARE insight to the lives of Royal Marines serving in Afghanistan is on display in Portsmouth.

An exhibition at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney showcases more than 100 previously unseen photos and artwork from frontline photographers, journalists and war artist Andrew Miller, who worked alongside commandos in the warzone in 2011.

The title of the exhibition, ‘Shohna ba Shohna’ means ‘shoulder to shoulder’ and is translated from Dari, one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan.

It is the motto of the Nato training mission in Afghanistan and refers to the relationship between UK troops and Afghan security forces who are being trained with the aim of improving security for people living in war-torn Helmand province.

It is the first time that the photographs and artwork have been exhibited to the public in Hampshire. It has been travelling around the country and recently won acclaim from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Entry to the exhibition, called Shoulder2Shoulder, is included in the museum ticket price of £7.95 for adults and £5.95 concessions.

People who are keen to see the dramatic photos and artwork have to act fast because the exhibition ends this Friday.

The museum on the seafront in Eastney is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.