Lance Corporal Croucher and his troop were on patrol last month near their base in Sangin, Helmand province, when he stepped into a tripwire that pulled the pin from a boobytrap grenade.
He said: “I thought, I’ve set this bloody thing off and I’m going to do whatever it takes to protect the others. I’m very tight with the three other guys. There have been a few times when they have saved my bacon.
“I knew a grenade like this has a killing circumference of about five metres. So I got down with my back to the grenade and used my body as a shield. It was a case of either having four of us as fatalities or badly wounded, or one.”
Amazingly, he survived with little more than a nosebleed, although his backpack was blown to smithereens. As Samizdata commented,
Fortitude and insane luck are a very cool combination.
Too right. Croucher is very brave chap and deserves his Victoria Cross nomination.