Rush order for 432 vestal virgins

A British Coldstream Guards sniper killed six Taliban fighters with a single shot, when his round triggered the explosive vest worn by his target.01A_TALIBANSNIPER DO NOT OPENWith a Taliban fighter looming in his sights half a mile away, the British sniper knew a clean shot would take down his enemy. What he could not have known was that the single round he fired would account for five more insurgents. The record-breaking shot was fired by a Coldstream Guards marksman on one of the last missions to be carried out by British troops in Afghanistan. UK forces are preparing to leave their last frontline base in Helmand as part of their withdrawal from Afghanistan. The sniper, a lance corporal who cannot be named for security reasons, was on a mission to intercept a suspected suicide bomber. Commanders feared the insurgent was planning to blow himself up at either a UK base, an Afghan security checkpoint or a civilian target such as a school or government building. Some 335 soldiers from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force and 90 Afghan troops were deployed on the operation on December 14 last year. As they moved to tackle the suicide bomber, they ran into fire from a group of 20 Taliban.harrison2

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Slack, commanding officer of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, who was overseeing the operation at Kakaran, said: ‘The guy wearing the vest was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming over a ditch. ‘He had a winter shawl which rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun. ‘He was moving to a firing position when the sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said: “I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber.” The rest of them were killed in the blast.’     L11 5A3 

The sniper also killed a Taliban machine gunner from a staggering 4,400ft with the first shot of his tour of duty. It is believed he was using a British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon. Lt Col Slack said: ‘He has had a great tour of duty.’

Surveillance for the operation was carried out by troops based at Sterga 2, an isolated observation post built on high ground overlooking the Helmand River.

Proving the point yet again that the sniper is still the most cost-effective way of  killing the enemy; as it works out his ‘expended’ £2- sniper round split six ways equals 33.3 pennies for each dead Taliban.

The ‘Coldstreamer’ in question has saved the british tax-paying public a fortune; because it’s not very often you can get a ’round’ in for six people anywhere for less than £18- 😉 Yours Aye… 

18 thoughts on “Rush order for 432 vestal virgins”

  1. Pardon my American colloquialism, but Bravo Zulu big time to that Coldstream Guards marksman and all his comrades.

    Would that we had more like him … and the will to turn them loose.

    1. CenTexTim, no doubt his act will become folklore within the Coldstreams, and rightly so.

      When I served aboard one of Her Majesty’s Ships, and old and bold Chief ‘bunting tosser’ (signaller) gave me and old battered ‘Allied Naval Signal Book’ (ACP 175 series), an international naval signal code adopted after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) created in 1949. ‘Bravo Zulu’ was first used so from the book, which I still have in my boot locker that has some real salty personal references annotated throughout. Priceless. Aye

  2. Looks to be a very efficient use of taxpayer provided ammunition by this young man.
    He is to be commended!
    So it goes…

    1. ChrisP, there will be a few rounds of drinks bought and quaffed for some time to come over his evolution, and rightly so… Aye.

  3. A good man. Ex Bootneck and a job well done….might we refer to that as the ‘luck of the Irish’??….Couldn’t have happened to nicer guy….he deserves every consideration…..k

    1. Kristen, I reckon he will go far in his military career. Certainly his action will take some beating. Aye.

  4. Told this story to my wife. Her reaction was delightful: “Best Reactive Target EVER!” I married well.

    1. .45ACP+P, heh-heh… you were probably hand picked and selected for marriage to your good wife without realising it mate, women are good at that 😉 Aye.

    1. Scott, I hope he offers 100% discount, as he’s certainly receiving enough trade to justify it 😉 And long may his vestal virgin business thrive… Aye.

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