Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Body armour saves British soldier from Taliban bullet

From the MoD:

An Equipment and Logistics news article

27 Feb 12

A British soldier's body armour saved him from a Taliban gunshot during a fierce fire fight in Helmand province recently, enabling him to shrug off the impact and carry on with the mission.

Soldier holds out damaged bullet

Trooper Daniel Griffiths with the Taliban bullet which struck him in the back
[Picture: Sergeant Mark Nesbit, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

Brave Trooper Daniel Griffiths, from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG), was shot by insurgents while on Operation EAGLE'S SHADOW, a two-day operation targeting known insurgent 'safe havens' on the edge of the Nad 'Ali district.

The operation's mission was to disrupt insurgents' ability to attack or lay improvised explosive devices against Afghan security forces and soldiers from the International Security Assistance Force.

23-year-old Trooper Griffiths, from Wrexham, had been working to identify an insurgent firing point after another part of his patrol came under fire from AK-47 assault rifles. But, as he moved to try to see where the insurgents were, another group opened fire from another location, pinning Trooper Griffiths and two more soldiers under fire. He said:

"I was at the front or 'point', and as we turned the corner of the compounds we were opened up on from another firing point. We all hit the deck as the rounds pinged all around us."...

Much more here.

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