Welwyn Garden City soldier saves Army mates
FOUR British soldiers are under attack by the Taliban in Afghanistan and their only hope of survival is their sergeant who has gone for help.
That sergeant is WGC man Mark Devine and his bravery and leadership is the subject of new ITV programme Road Warriors due to air tomorrow night.
The 29-year-old left his Panshanger home 13 years ago to pursue a career in the Army.
Serving with the Royal Logistic Corps, the former Sir Frederic Osborn school pupil has been posted to Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq and had 60 men under his command in Helmand Province.
He and his men were filmed by a TV crew and the focus of the programme is a gritty night patrol that, in Mark’s own words, “went wrong”.
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Three trucks from a convoy took a wrong turn and one ended up in a canal, yards from sleeping Taliban fighters.
When the enemy realised a truck holding sensitive classified information had crashed on their doorstep, a vicious fire fight ensued.
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Mark’s men were in danger, isolated and without communication and repelling waves of attacks. He has no option but to leave four of his soldiers behind, to protect the loaded trucks, while he races ahead for assistance.
Mark, dad to seven-year-old Sophie and husband to wife Claire, told the WHT: “We lost the vehicle – it got blown up by a rocket-propelled grenade – but the four men are safely back with their loved ones in the UK.”
A programme spokesman said: “The road warriors’ courage is immeasurable. Their experiences are terrifying, their story extraordinary.”
Watch Mark’s story tomorrow (Thursday) night on ITV1 at 10.35pm.