In recent times the largest conflicts where British military nurses have been deployed in their hundreds are the wars in Iraq (2003-2011) and Afghanistan (2001-2021) to care for thousands of troops, civilian and enemy casualties.
One veteran who knows first hand the importance of military nurses is Mark Ormrod, former Royal Marine Commando and the first triple amputee to survive the conflict in Afghanistan. Here he talks with RAF nurse Wing Commander Charlie Thompson, the nurse who saved him following his traumatic injury in 2007.
Thanks to photojournalists like Susan Schulman recent conflicts have been documented like never before, allowing the public to see the people behind the policy. Here Susan shares her unique perspective of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) in Afghanistan, photographing alongside nurses like Squadron Leader Peter Quick while they cared for patients in the air.