TERRITORIAL Army soldiers from Huddersfield have started their six-month tour of Iraq.
They will be patrolling the southern port of Az Zubayr in searing temperatures reaching 50°C-plus.
Cpl Paul Dawson, 27, from Kirkheaton, and Pte Kevin Wood, 28, of Brighouse, have been among those undergoing acclimatisation training.
They flew out to the Middle East with James Ellis, 19, who is studying business management at Huddersfield University, and Bill Weston, 33, of Bradley Mills.
The Huddersfield platoon is part of the East West Riding Regiment, which will work alongside 40 Regiment Royal Artillery, patrolling the region in Land Rovers.
They will also be going into the towns on foot.
The armed peacekeeping missions will include protecting strategic points, including bridges and oil installations.
At night, they will stay in accommodation warehouses that sleep 30 soldiers. They must drink up to 20 pints of water a day to stay comfortable in the rocketing temperatures.