Osprey body armour and ballistic protection saved the lives of two British soldiers when they came under attack in southern Afghanistan.
Highlander Steven O'Neill, left, and Lance Corporal Jamie McKenzie are pictured with the protective equipment that saved their lives while on patrol in Helmand province. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011
Lance Corporal Jamie McKenzie and Highlander Steven O’Neill were on patrol with Recce Platoon, A Company, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS), in the Loy Check area, north of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, when they came under fire.
Lance Corporal McKenzie, aged 21, says the attack seemed to have come out of nowhere:
“We were walking down a track and suddenly an insurgent just started firing from within a tree line about 30 metres away. The trees were so thick we didn’t even see him.”
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