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    George Medal for paratrooper

    A paratrooper who died after running through a minefield in Afghanistan to rescue a colleague who was bleeding to death has been awarded a posthumous George Medal for a "breathtaking act of bravery".

    Private Martin Bell, 24, from Bradford, was killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) to the south of Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province Photo: PA



    By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent

    12:01AM BST 30 Sep 2011


    Private Martin Bell, 24, was killed after administering life-saving first aid to soldier who lost his both legs after stepping on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device).

    The act of "supreme selflessness" took place in January when a platoon from the 2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment was crossing a open area of tall ‘Elephant’ grass in Helmand.

    One successful was succesfully evactuated after stepping on a mine and suffered an immediate double amputation. A second patrol was then sent to retrieve his kit, which included a valuable Vallon mine detector.

    Private Bell, who was his section’s lead scout, found some of the equipment but his section commander decided there was an “untenable risk” in the minefield and ordered a withdrawal.

    As the Paras left one stepped on another IED which also blew off both his legs and threw Pte Bell 15 yards away.
    The section commander told Pte Bell not to move but the soldier “judged the situation so critical” that he ran to the colleague’s aid despite the blast removing his own mine detector.

    “Pte Bell judged the needs of the casualty greater than the risk to his own life,” his citation read.
    “In an act of supreme selflessness he ran to the casualty in order to render him immediate aid.
    “At that moment the ground he crossed constituted the most dangerous piece of terrain in the world. In the preceding hour two IEDs had exploded a few metres away.”
    On reaching the casualty Pte Bell applied tourniquets to both leg stumps and stemmed the blood flow.
    Doctors later said that there was “no mistake that this saved the casualty’s life” as “the nature of the injuries would have resulted in him bleeding to death”.
    Pte Bell stayed with the soldier for an hour shouting out details of his condition to medics as the Paras slowly swept their way back into the minefield.
    But as Pte Bell helped carry the stretcher up a steep bank a third device was initiated and while his body “protected the casualty from the blast” he suffered fatal injuries.
    He has been awarded the George Medal, the second highest for bravery.
    Lt Col Andy Harrison, his commanding officer, said Pte Bell had helped a “critically injured friend in the most dangerous combat circumstances imaginable”.
    A few weeks later Lt Col Harrison himself became the first soldier to survive a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade.
    Driving back before dawn to his headquarters after repatriating another soldier he spotted a group of Taliban planting a bomb on the road.
    He stopped his vehicle and was firing on the enemy when one RPG round landed his feet sending fragments into his leg. Ignoring the injury the officer chased after the insurgents but as he rounded a corner he was shot in the chest by another RPG gunner 20 yard away. The round did not detonate and his Osprey body armour stopped it from penetrating his torso.
    Lt Col Harrison was ordered the Distinguished Service Order for his “outstanding leadership” of 2 Para.
    Their decorations were among 140 gallantry awards made to 16 Air Assault Brigade during their six month tour over last winter.

    George Medal for paratrooper who risked life in minefield to resuce wounded comrade - Telegraph

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    R.I.P. a brave man

    ' Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends '

    John 15:13

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    He died to collect a metal detector, his friend had both legs amputated to collect a metal detector, pretty sure the military could do with more money and be able to say, "just leave the kit there in the middle of the minefield and we can buy new stuff".

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    best thing would be to bring them all back home and leave that country, and its waste of space neighbour pakistan, to implode themselves back to the stone age where they belong.

    no need at all to have these lads dying there.

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    RIP soldier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    , "just leave the kit there in the middle of the minefield and we can buy new stuff".
    Very funny, Ah Ah Ah. You've just no idea have you? What a totally rediculous reply. Never been a soldier, have you DD ? It shows. Idiot. You should be ashamed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    A few weeks later Lt Col Harrison himself became the first soldier to survive a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade.
    Driving back before dawn to his headquarters after repatriating another soldier he spotted a group of Taliban planting a bomb on the road.
    He stopped his vehicle and was firing on the enemy when one RPG round landed his feet sending fragments into his leg. Ignoring the injury the officer chased after the insurgents but as he rounded a corner he was shot in the chest by another RPG gunner 20 yard away. The round did not detonate and his Osprey body armour stopped it from penetrating his torso.
    Lucky bastard!

    Sounds like he was too close for the RPG to arm itself after it was fired, which I think is around the 20 yard mark.

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    ^ The RGP has a protective cover on the nipple of the warhead. The warhead respondes/detonates, on contact. The likelyhood is, that the firer, in the heat of battle, forgot to remove the cover prior to firing.
    Last edited by superman; 30-09-2011 at 08:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superman
    Never been a soldier, have you DD ? It shows. Idiot. You should be ashamed.
    In your day it was probably quite difficult keeping soldiers supplied, but 1 death and 1 man crippled for a metal detector and probably an assault rifle is 1 man dead and 1 man crippled too many.

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    Never mind about my day. Until you've experienced the camaraderie of being a soldier you have no right to comment. It's not the same as being best pals with someone, it's more. You know jack shit DD. So why comment ?

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    RIP


    I am an AIRBORNE TROOPER!
    A PARATROOPER!
    I jump by parachute from any plane in flight. I volunteered to do it, knowing well the hazards of my choice.
    I serve in a mighty Airborne Force--famed for deeds in war--renowned for readiness in peace. It is my pledge to uphold its honor and prestige in all I am--in all I do.
    I am an elite trooper--a sky trooper--a shock trooper--a spearhead trooper. I blaze the way to far-flung goals--behind, before, above the foe's front line.
    I know that I may have to fight without support for days on end. Therefore, I keep mind and body always fit to do my part in any Airborne task. I am self-reliant and unafraid. I shoot true, and march fast and far. I fight hard and excel in every art and artifice of war.
    I never fail a fellow trooper. I cherish as a sacred trust the lives of men with whom I serve. Leaders have my fullest loyalty, and those I lead never find me lacking.
    I have pride in the Airborne! I never let it down!
    In peace, I do not shrink the dullest of duty not protest the toughest training. My weapons and equipment are always combat ready. I am neat of dress--military in courtesy--proper in conduct and behavior.
    In battle, I fear neither foe’s ability, nor under-estimate his prowess, power and guile. I fight him with all my might and skills--ever alert to evade capture or escape a trap. I never surrender, though I be the last.
    My goal in peace or war is to succeed in any mission of the day--or die, if needs be, in the try.
    I belong to a proud and glorious team--the Airborne, the Army, my Country. I am its chosen pride to fight where others may not go--to serve them well until the final victory.
    I am the trooper of the sky! I am my Nation's best! In peace and war I never fail. Anywhere, anytime, in anything--
    I AM AIRBORNE!

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    Sorry, cancelled post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superman
    Never mind about my day. Until you've experienced the camaraderie of being a soldier you have no right to comment. It's not the same as being best pals with someone, it's more. You know jack shit DD. So why comment ?
    Did you read the story? This bit is quite important.

    A second patrol was then sent to retrieve his kit, which included a valuable Vallon mine detector.
    This is when he died and his mate became a cripple, to retrieve kit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by superman
    Never mind about my day. Until you've experienced the camaraderie of being a soldier you have no right to comment. It's not the same as being best pals with someone, it's more. You know jack shit DD. So why comment ?
    Did you read the story? This bit is quite important.

    A second patrol was then sent to retrieve his kit, which included a valuable Vallon mine detector.
    This is when he died and his mate became a cripple, to retrieve kit....
    Once again DD, you have no logical thinking of how the military work. So why comment ? Until you've been there shut the fcuk up.

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    ^So you believe it was well worth it then? Or do you believe it was a dumb idea as did the section commander when he decided it was too risky, on which I should add it turned out he was quite correct.

    Private Bell, who was his section’s lead scout, found some of the equipment but his section commander decided there was an “untenable risk” in the minefield and ordered a withdrawal.

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    You really don't understand the incident correctly do you DD ? He was killed because he disobeyed orders. Being a military man/soldier who's first thought is not for himself, but for his comrades on the battlefield. Once again DD, you know naff all.

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    ^The mission was to collect a fuking metal detector, the first dead had already been evacuated, this was the second mission, for a poxy metal detector.

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    Any British life is a waste if it's to 'help' those camel fuckers.

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    Private Bell did indeed act as a hero in attempting to rescue his first comrade who was injured. RIP. In my opinion, as a former paratrooper and combat veteran, the order never should have been given to reenter the minefield to retrieve equipment. That is just stupid. Leave it, or if it is highly classified (which this wasn't), try to blow it in place. Once they reentered the minefield, Private Bell again acted heroically in attempting to save yet another injured comrade. That does not change my opinion that they never should have gone back in to retrieve equipment. It was a stupid decision, which caused needless deaths.

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    I wonder if a Trojan armoured tank or a Python mine clearance system was availible in the area at that time?

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