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Photos from the combat engineer's tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Down time: Canadian soldiers at Combat Outpost Ballpeen watch a scorpion fight a camel spider.

Submitted by Sgt. Ed Wadleigh

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Members of Echo 32 Delta watching a movie inside their accommodation -- an abandoned grape-drying hut. Sgt. Ed Wadleigh is on the far right, with a black tattoo on his arm.

Submitted by Sgt. Ed Wadleigh

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Remembrance Day, 2010. A makeshift memorial for members of 2 Troop, 23 Field Squadron, based at Strong Point Shoja, who were lost during the tour.

Submitted by Sgt. Ed Wadleigh

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Members of 2 Troop, 23 Field Squadron pose for a photograph at the conclusion of Operation Topak Shkar ("Gun Hunter" in Pashto), a two-day airmobile operation in the Adamzai area of Panjwai District, with the aim of disrupting insurgent supply lines and finding arms caches. The flag is the standard of Canadian combat engineers. Sgt. Wadleigh is seated in front of it, on the right.

Submitted by Sgt. Ed Wadleigh

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Sgt. Wadleigh (right), speaks with a local elder about IEDs.

Submitted by Sgt. Ed Wadleigh

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Combat engineer Sgt. Ed Wadleigh in Deep River, Ontario. Wadleigh was posted to Afghanistan, where he searched for improvised explosive devices, cleared unexploded bombs for the infantry and trained the Afghan National Army.

Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail

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