On the BBC's today program, Christina Lamb, a veteran combat correspondent, mentioned, with real bitterness, that journalists embedded within the British army are always subject to censorship.

"Every word... and every photograph has to first be vetted by the MOD. And I don't think the British public generally know that".

Indeed they do not. Nor that the US forces have no such restriction.

And so, she believably claims, the Army went on with inadequate equipment for far too long. Great interview - listen from 2.39.