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The British soldier who was reported to have cheated death in Iraq when his helmet was hit four times by bullets was actually playing a prank, it has emerged.

Commando Eric Walderman was hailed as a miracle survivor after being pictured with bullet holes in his helmet.

Media around the world reported that he had survived a hail of Iraqi bullets.

But The Sun newspaper has reported that Eric was not actually wearing the helmet when it was shot.

The helmet was in fact lying on top of his pack when it was peppered with bullets by fellow Royal Marines trying to hit an unexploded anti-tank weapon, The Sun said.

Eric, 28, then put it on his head and posed for photographers travelling with 40 Commando in southern Iraq.

He gave no interview and the picture was beamed round the world with the story of his "miracle" escape.

The Sun said Eric did nothing to stop the media jumping to the wrong conclusion but the Marines came clean when The Sun sought an update on Eric.

A senior officer told the paper: "I'm afraid the pressmen have been had. All commandos have a great sense of humour. Boys will be boys.

"It will go down in history as a great wheeze."


War Hero
Nice that he only 'kept mum' rather than making up a sandbagger.


My old troopie got one of the lads off a scrapping charge in the local magistrates court by saying that the unit was about to deploy to Kosovo (true) and that XXX was a vital part of the team (true) and we were already short of drivers and no replacements were available (true).  No one thought to enquire as to whether XXX could actually drive-he couldn't but it was so well pulled off that no questions were answered falsely or untrue statements made


8) Two things, firstly that I'm sure I'm not the only Troopy to have used a similar excuse to 'assist' those unfortunates I've escorted to the Courtroom ("Honest boss there were four of them until the police arrived! / My car won't go that fast..."); and secondly that I've even had a phone call from the Passport Office wanting to confirm that the obvious were needed urgently due to a imminent Kosovo tour! 4 x soldiers off to Ibiza as it happened... ;D

Mr Happy

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And there I was almost thinking that my helmet would stop 7.62 short.  So now I still don't know....

Still at least it stopped 5.56

Still, I'm glad I'm not in the RM's.  Supporting fire going through friendly callsigns kit....   Bastards.
Press looking for a good news story and not checking their facts! Priceless, whats the betting the silly pillocks had seen the shooting and not put 2 + 2 together. Good job!


Book Reviewer
How long before the Sun run a story on naughty RM fighting, shagging, drunk or being just bad boys?

How did his kit get hit by his mates fire?
Welcome back from your coma fella's! We've had 2 more helmets since then


Press looking for a good news story and not checking their facts! Priceless, whats the betting the silly pillocks had seen the shooting and not put 2 + 2 together. Good job!

That kinda bit you on the bum huh?
More coffee needed I think! Christ fellas wake up - this thread's over seven years old!!
Oops, dropped a boll**k. Really should have read the posts date! Fair cop £5 donated to H4H for my stupidity!


Book Reviewer
What I want to know is why, if the bullets penetrated his helmet whilst on his backpack, don't they make the helmets out of backpack?

Genius, me.
Well I spat in my own pocket once. It's a nice feeling!

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