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Soldier awarded the Military Cross fighting off 150 Taliban

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From The Sunday TimesMarch 9, 2008

British soldier awarded the Military Cross for fighting off 150 Taliban

Military Cross for hero of ambushMichael Smith
A BRITISH soldier who almost single-handedly took on 150 Taliban after he and his 50-man convoy were ambushed in Afghanistan has been awarded the Military Cross.

Fusilier Damien Hields used his grenade machinegun to destroy seven Taliban positions before his ambushers realised he was their main threat. After peppering his vehicle with bullets, they hit the 24-year-old soldier. He had to be dragged off for treatment by his driver after he tried to continue fighting.

“Fusilier Hields showed extraordinary courage under intense fire,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Huw James, his commanding officer. “I was astonished at the state of his vehicle. There were so many holes in it, it was like a teabag. The Taliban did everything in their power to neutralise [him] and Fusilier Hields was having none of it. His actions allowed his patrol to come out of the ambush in which they were outnumbered by three or four to one and probably saved a lot of lives.”
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#2
Good skills and drills, that man.
 
#4
And the Taliban ones beginning on a whole new level.
 
#7
He should have thrown his balls at them, by the sounds of it, he had a real pair dangling there.
Reading some of these medal citations, makes me feel rather small. best of luck to all the guys and gals, not just the big gong winners, come back safe everyone.
 
#8
finnjim said:
He should have thrown his balls at them, by the sounds of it, he had a real pair dangling there.
Reading some of these medal citations, makes me feel rather small. best of luck to all the guys and gals, not just the big gong winners, come back safe everyone.
Seconded. Makes you proud to be British. :salut:
 
#9
Brilliant! Its just a shame that the general british public aren't as interested in reading these incredible acts as the rest of us.
 
#11
Some of these recent citations are absolutely outstanding - real Victor comic front page stuff. All the more reason to persecute with extreme prejudice the bluffing chods who award themselves MCs off eBay and large it up on the net.
 
#13
BuckFelize said:
Some of these recent citations are absolutely outstanding - real Victor comic front page stuff. All the more reason to persecute with extreme prejudice the bluffing chods who award themselves MCs off eBay and large it up on the net.
C'mon this isn't the 70's or 80's. I don't think decoration of the non participants happens anymore.
:?
 
#15
Well done. Fcuin good effert there. Well deserved. :)
 
#16
people do amazing things like this, return back to this country and are abused by civvies, banned from wearin their uniform and made to abide by cultural beliefs of those who have attempted to kill them many times over. this country takes the p1ss
 
#19
Well done to that young man, makes one feel proud and very humble.
 
#20
Shame it wasn't a VC. Clearly had a decisive impact on the course of the battle without any regard for his own safety... Still, congratulations!
 

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