26 Feb '15, 8am

A PARA who prevented considerable loss of life on Afghan mission to receive Victoria Cross #VC http…

A British soldier who singlehandedly prevented considerable loss of life during an assault into a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest mili-tary honour, it has been announced today with the publication of the operational honours and awards list. Lance Corporal Josh Leakey, of The Parachute Regiment, was deployed in Afghanistan as a member of a task force conducting operations to disrupt insurgent safe-havens and protect the main operating base in Helmand Province during the summer of 2013. It was whilst on a combined UK/US assault led by the US Marine Corps to disrupt a key in-surgent group on 22 August 2013 that the force, having dismounted from their helicopters, came under accurate machine gun and rocket propelled grenade fire. "Things just felt different" The Command Group were pinned down on the exposed forward slope of a ...

Full article: http://www.army.mod.uk/news/26920.aspx

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