Military Cross winner Captain Michael Dobbin, from the Grenadier Guards, talks about his experiences in Helmand during Operation Herrick 16.
Captain Michael Dobbin of the Grenadier Guards has been awarded a Military Cross [Picture: Corporal Steve Blake, Crown copyright]
Iâ€™m single, 28 and from Reigate, if thatâ€™s my â€˜Blind Dateâ€™ starter question.
But after the introductions he quickly gets down to business, explaining the events that singled him out in last yearâ€™s summer fighting in Helmand province.
He speaks as only a polished British officer can: clearly, factually precise and dispassionately. He would rather speak of the actions of his team than of himself, and, when he does, itâ€™s with pride and admiration.
Captain Dobbin commanded the Reconnaissance Platoon of the 1st BattalionÂ Grenadier GuardsÂ Battle Group, operating almost exclusively in insurgent safe havens during a time of particularly savage fighting:
The area where we fought was forward of the patrol bases. The primary threat was from IEDs (improvised explosive devices), which the insurgents would sow in the treeline. When the crops grow, and particularly at night, itâ€™s hard to spot them or the tell-tale markers.
The guys who go at the front of the line canâ€™t use torches, as they would give our position away. They are phenomenally brave guys.
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