British soldiers swap Afghanistan for Olympic duty
18 July 2012, 08:45
More used to patrolling the battlefields of Afghanistan than checking
Olympic accreditations, smiling British troops fanned out across
London's Olympic Park on Tuesday to fill the void left by a private
contractor's failure to provide enough guards.
Unarmed but in combat uniforms, soldiers with suntans acquired in exotic
locations far from cloudy London were getting accustomed to their
temporary theater of action, the 2.5 square kilometres of former
industrial wasteland transformed into Olympic venues and accommodation.
With "London 2012" badges starting to join regimental insignia on
uniforms, soldiers swapped machine guns for barcode zappers as they
manned airport-style checkpoints to the park.Several said they had
recently served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
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