Friday, June 3, 2011

An Amazing Example of Courage Under Fire

Nothing to do with WWII, but I thought this story was definitely worth a mention to anyone not yet aware of it. Corporal Dipprasad Pun, a Nepali soldier in the British Army, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) for single-handedly driving off over 30 Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan.

You can find the full story by clicking here.

The CGC is Britain's second-highest award for valor, after the Victoria Cross.

1 comment:

  1. Saw this in the paper, excellent story, what a man.


Two Up, One Back

"The dominant (though not the only) tactical formation for the infantry in both attack and defense remained 'two up, one back.' This was a product of the triangular organization that the infantry used from platoon to division level. Triangular units had three main 'maneuver' elements (weapons units did not count as 'maneuver' elements). Rifle platoons had three squads; rifle companies three rifle platoons; battalions, three rifle companies; and so forth. This encouraged commanders to place two of their maneuver units forward while keeping back the third so that it could relieve or reinforce a frontline unit."

--John Sayen, U.S. Army Infantry Divisions 1944-45 (28)