March 21, 2010

DAVID ALWAYS BEATS GOLIATH:

'It was like Zulu': How British troops in Afghanistan fought to the point of exhaustion against the Taliban. (Sean Rayment, 20 Mar 2010, Daily Telegraph)

It became known as “the battle of Crossing Point One”. In a series of suicidal attacks late last year, hard-core Taliban fighters tried to over-run an isolated British base on the northern tip of Nad e’Ali. Had the insurgents succeeded, the victory would have been a propaganda coup par excellence, and the British mission in central Helmand could have been seriously jeopardised.

For two gruelling weeks in the area of Luy Mandah, 30 soldiers fought a 360-degree battle with the Taliban in the most arduous conditions. The combat was often at close quarters where bayonets were fixed and hand grenades became the weapons of choice for the beleaguered British troops. By the battle’s end, every man in the platoon was credited with at least one Taliban kill.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2010 6:20 AM
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