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Posted on 09/28/2012 8:52:58 AM PDT by KeyLargo
Soldier honoured for bayonet charge on Taliban
Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment has been awarded the Military Cross for leading a bayonet charge under fire.
1:47PM BST 28 Sep 2012
Corporal Sean Jones, 25, of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment, "reversed a potentially dire situation" when his patrol came under attack in a carefully planned ambush in October last year.
The soldier, of Tern Hill near Market Drayton in Shropshire, was second-in-command of the patrol which was trying to draw out insurgents laying homemade bombs in Kakaran village, Helmand.
As the patrol moved through an open field it came under heavy and accurate small-arms fire from the north and east.
Caught in the killing zone and unable to advance into the hail of fire, the soldiers withdrew to the relative safety of the water-filled ditch to return fire but were trapped as the insurgents moved in to try to overwhelm their position.
Firing a rocket at one of the insurgent positions, Cpl Jones ordered three of his men to fix bayonets before breaking cover and leading them across 80 metres of open ground raked by enemy fire.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
This guy has more manliness in his thumbs than most guys have even in their dreams.
Did he read them their Miranda Rights first? < /sarc >
Yes, he did...
“You have the right to 16 inches of English steel through your sub-human, unwashed guts, Muhammed.”
"This guy has more manliness in his thumbs than most guys have even in their dreams."
You mean just like our Commander in Chief who killed Bin Laden single-handedly?... sarc
Well, let’s not get carried away, this guy (the one with the bayonet and Jovian-sized stones) isn’t quite as manly as the kenyan.
Now for a rousing chorus of “Men of Harlech”.
KILL - that’s the spirit of the bayonet
Glad to see it’s still being taught in basic
Mad at myself for not knowing what that is...
Hard to imagine making an 80m charge into enemy fire with such huge brass ones weighing you down.
I hope the bayonets were well-greased with pig fat.
Enjoy. Great film and great song!!
Ever see ‘Zulu’?
A better version of the song, watch to the end.
“and a bayonet Sir, with some guts behind it”
Corporal Sean Jones lead 3 riflemen in a bayonet charge against the enemy while under fire.
Bathouse Barry leads with his rear.
Yeah you know Obama killed Bin laden don’t you and John kerry served in Vietnam?
There *are* still some Brits of the old archetype, though they are an endangered species.
Historical Note: “Men of Harlech” was the regimental march of the now disbanded 24th Regiment of Foot; which existed at the time of the Anglo-Zulu War. B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot comprised the majority of a defensive force which displayed exceptional courage and valor during the “Battle of Rorke's Drift” on 22-23 January 1879 (aka: “The Defense of Rorke's Drift”). They held their position against a vastly numerically superior force of Zulu Impis.
The 24th Regiment of Foot was renamed the South Wales Borderers Regiment in 1881 and “Men of Harlech” remained as their regimental quick march. It is also the current regimental quick march for the Royal Regiment of Wales which absorbed the South Wales Borderers Regiment in 1969.
Since Corporal Jones is a member of the Princess of Wales Regiment, given the circumstances, technically the appropriate march would be that regiment's quick march: “The Farmer's Boy/Soldiers of the Queen.”
The Princess of Wales Regiment also has a slow march: “The Minden Rose.”