Never leave an injured mate behind

#3
Bravo Zulu all, especially the nurse
 
#4
As the tag line to Hamburger Hill goes...
 
#7
But isn't this a rehash of something that happened a couple of years ago?
 
#10
It happens quite a lot, certainly not one off. RPGs are nearly as ubiqutous as AKs. RPGs are pretty slow moving and are pretty wide, so blokes end up with the projectile stuck in them. Our sickbay dealt with an ANP chappy who had been hit by a grenade, tearing off a limb... it didn't go off or stick in him, luckily.

There was a similar incident in Mogadishu, Somalia reported in 'Blackhawk Down'. The guy didn't make it (IIRC) but he was treated by very brave medics ,who volunteered to a man, to carry out hte care behind a hastily built sandbag wall, they couldn't take him in to the SickBay as if he went off he would have killed other heavily wounded people.

I think an EOD guy got a mention for bravery, as at one point he flagged away the medics, had to hold a failing blood vessel/clamp to stop the guy bleeding out AND did something or other to the projectile. I think the grenade was eventually thrown in to the IED pit, which was close to where the cas was being treated. He still died though... the medics couldn't staunch the bleeding, and remember the film, this was AFTER the drive back to the base by the convoy that got absolutely smashed!
 
#12
Couple of Saffer chancre mechanics dug a live projectile out of a troop from behind a sandbag wall during the bush war. He survived. Think it may have been a rifle grenade.
 
#13
I remember reading/looking at pictures in a LIFE yearbook in the school library, so mid 70's of a similar incident during the Vietnam War.
Vietnamese civilian with a US 40mm HE grenade in his stomach. Very brave US medics behind sandbags succesfully removed the grenade and the civilian lived IIRC.
 
#15
It'd be short film... May get used in a film, but I can't see a film being made about this particular day or so. Even the yanks fill it with adverts, it would barely make an episode length for their audiences attention spans..

Potential for an Art House film though.
 
#16
If that happens, I hope Hollywood has nothing to do with it or they'll bugger up the plot.
You can imagine the plot now- starring Mel Gibson of course.... The British Army slaughter a load of Afghan civilians then turn on the American soldiers who tried to stop them. One squaddie (dressed in a red tunic and bearskin sporting a Nazi swastika) fires an RPG at the patrol etc etc...
Then, just before the end of the film the maniacal British General tries to blow up the world but is stopped by Gibson at the last safe moment + 1 and a cheesy one- liner.
 
#17
I remember reading/looking at pictures in a LIFE yearbook in the school library, so mid 70's of a similar incident during the Vietnam War.
Vietnamese civilian with a US 40mm HE grenade in his stomach. Very brave US medics behind sandbags succesfully removed the grenade and the civilian lived IIRC.
I remember that. The medics did very well indeed. If it was an M79 HE, the poxy things can be movement sensitive.
 
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You can imagine the plot now- starring Mel Gibson of course.... The British Army slaughter a load of Afghan civilians then turn on the American soldiers who tried to stop them. One squaddie (dressed in a red tunic and bearskin sporting a Nazi swastika) fires an RPG at the patrol etc etc...
Then, just before the end of the film the maniacal British General tries to blow up the world but is stopped by Gibson at the last safe moment + 1 and a cheesy one- liner.
Well the Yanks did get an Enigma machine... eventually.
 
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I've just sprayed tea everywhere reading that tag line!!!
 
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