Soldier awarded the Military Cross fighting off 150 Taliban

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  1. 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. jrwlynch

    jrwlynch LE Book Reviewer

    Good skills and drills, that man.
  3. A few more like Damian and our recruiting problems would be over.
  4. And the Taliban ones beginning on a whole new level.
  5. Outstanding effort young man.
  6. Best of british.

    I saw this article, could we make this a thread for accounts of all recent medals awarded?
  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. 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.
  10. Agree completely, what a hero
  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.
  12. Outstanding stuff
  13. C'mon this isn't the 70's or 80's. I don't think decoration of the non participants happens anymore.
  14. Fantastic , hats off to him.
  15. Well done. Fcuin good effert there. Well deserved. :)