Corporal Keith Mitchell risked his life in Afghanistan by firing at Taliban fighters in order to save his wounded comrades. He has been awarded the Military Cross for his heroic actions.
The corporal from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, was on patrol in Pupalzay in the Helmand province in March last year with the other soldiers when they were ambushed.
In the following fire fight, which included rocket propelled grenades, four soldiers were injured.
This forced Corporal Mitchell to hide behind a wall and draw the Taliban’s fire away from his fellow soldiers. He managed to kill the Taliban fighters and the wounded soldiers could be evacuated.
He said, “I didn’t see it as putting myself in danger. I just thought that if I could push forward about five metres I could fire my weapon so we could do something about the attack.
“It may be hard to believe but I wasn’t even thinking about the incoming fire, I was just concentrating on firing my weapon and then watching the shot to make sure it was accurate, rather than noticing the rounds coming at me. You are concentrating so hard on firing your weapon that it’s like being back on the ranges, which took my mind off what was going on around me.”
The 29-year-old soldier is from Glasgow, but is currently based in Germany. He has completed two tours of Iraq, as well as his recently completed tour of Afghanistan.