Sergeants brave bid to halt Taliban ambush

From The Sunday Times
July 12, 2009
Sergeant's brave bid to halt Taliban ambush

(SAC Andrew Morris)
Sergeant Andrew McNulty
Michael Smith
An army sergeant freewheeled his Land Rover down a hill into a Taliban firefight in order to protect an ambushed supply convoy after his vehicle broke down.

Sergeant Andrew “Mac” McNulty was towed to the top of the ridge in Helmand, southern Afghanistan, and rolled down the other side to take on the enemy.

However, when the heavily armed Land Rover came to rest it was facing the wrong way to fire its machinegun, forcing McNulty and two of his colleagues to get out and shove the vehicle into position with their bare hands while coming under fire.

The soldiers were guarding a 100-vehicle supply column on its way from Sangin to Camp Bastion, the British Army base, when the ambush took place.

Their Land Rover, fitted with a mounted machinegun and an automatic grenade-firing weapon, was struggling up a sandy desert slope when it broke down.

“The gearbox actually conked out on us so we had no way of getting the vehicle into gear,” said McNulty. “It was pretty knackered.”
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