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By ATWadmin On December 16th, 2006

Corporal Bryan Budd, 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on 20 August 2006 . He was leading his section when a planned element of surprise was lost.

"In order to regain the initiative, Corporal Budd decided to assault the enemy and ordered his men to follow him. As they moved forward the section came under a withering fire that incapacitated three of his men. The continued enemy fire and these losses forced the section to take cover. But, Corporal Budd continued the assault on his own, knowing full well the likely consequences of doing so without the close support of his remaining men. He was wounded but continued to move forward, attacking and killing the enemy as he rushed their position. Inspired by Corporal Budd’s example, the rest of the platoon reorganised and pushed forward their attack, eliminating more of the enemy and eventually forcing their withdrawal. Corporal Budd subsequently died of his wounds, and when his body was later recovered it was found surrounded by three dead Taliban.

Truly humbling.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously last week.  The Ministry of Defence has announced another 132 awards, covering operations all round the world by all three services, for the period 1 April to 30 September 2006. It includes the Military Cross awarded to Private Michelle Norris who without pausing for a second to consider her own safety, jumped on to the turret of a Warrior to aid the badly-injured vehicle commander as a sniper fired at her.

Heroes every one.

For the full list of awards, you can click here.

34 Responses to “humbling”

  1. Very sad RIP Btyan Budd

    His family are likely to be proud of him but that will not take the pain away.

    I may have mixed him up with another but I think he had two small children. This is their first Chriatmas without their daddy, (or rather with their daddy no alive as there are going to be many children of service personnel having Christmas with out their daddies and mummies too presumably)

  2. I agree. His wife gave birth to their second just after he died. NO award can make up for his loss and seeing her face at the ceremony made me want to cry. I just hope their sacrifice will be recognised. And at this time of year remembered.

  3. A brave brave man – the sort we should all be proud of.

  4. It is humbling, Alison. God bless them all and watch over their families, who are also making huge sacrifices.

  5. An immensely brave decision for anyone to continue an action which they know is likely to end their lives. Most of us couldn’t do it. Very humbling indeed.

  6. Thank you for this post Alison. Too many times on this side of the Atlantic we think we’re the only ones making sacrifices in this war. God Bless all of our troops this Christmas season, one and all.

  7. CH! How’s it hanging?! Long time no see.

  8. Pretty good monica. Been working so hard in the pharmacy that I haven’t posted on my blog in a month. ATW’s really all I do on the web these days!

  9. Charles,

    A warm and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  10. Thanks Alan old friend! Same to you!

  11. Cheers Charles. I do think these guys sacrifces need to be highlighted generally. And yeah I get the feeling when i scour various US blogs that that can be the case. Not sure why really.

  12. Alison,

    It may be due to the disparity in numbers:

    United States: 145,000 current (10/06)
    United Kingdom: 7,200 current (9/06)

  13. Alan

    how do the figures relate in terms of per head of population.

    At the same time they all matter.

  14. "how do the figures relate in terms of per head of population"

    United States: 1/2070
    United Kingdom: 1/8333

  15. why is that relevant?

  16. iow – are the US aware that they have allies fighting alongside them. or not.

  17. I think it was John Kerry who started this in the 2004 campaign. He was trying to paint Bush as a unilateralist cowboy, and called the allies "window dressing." To admit that we have allies fighting with us, and fighting well, undermines the notion that Bush is to blame for everything.

    As to the ratio, "pax Americana" is costly to the USA in both blood and treasure.

  18. not

  19. Charles – do you agree with Alan that Kerry did a good job? and that these guys deaths are irrelevant to the majority of americans? Even though afghanistan is different anyway.

  20. Charles,

    I really don’t think John Kerry’s comments in 2004 have infected the thinking of Little Green Footballs fans today, but it’s a nice attempt at SwiftBoating.

  21. Kerry may have done a good job, but the media is to blame if the American public doesn’t know about our allies, esp. the Brits. They’re too busy showing the latest carnage from bagdahd. Your soldiers have done some of the heaviest fighting that they’ve seen since Korea.

    Also, showing the Brits fighting and dieing with us looks too much like WW II and not like Vietnam. Hence the blackout.

  22. Swiftboating! That’s the best compliment I’ve had today!

  23. Alison,

    The coverage of British forces that I have seen in the US media has been mainly the footage taken by the soldiers themselves in Afghanistan. If there is any recent network coverage (CBS, NBC, ABC) of British forces in Iraq I must have missed it. The last mention I recall was something about Basra from earlier this year.

  24. Yeah, I’m gonna call you SwiftBoat Charlie!

    But, seriously, I’ve gotta get you those wings. I’ll have to post something over at my blog (which is only slightly less dormant than yours) so we can make Lone Star Wings arrangements before the year is over.

  25. Alan – thats really no different to here in terms of coverage. But i get a feeling of mixed US responses overall regards our efforts there.

  26. Alison,

    The current attention here is on the Iraq Study Group report, which I am guessing says nothing about UK involvement. While people like Charles and Monica and Troll and Phantom and Mahons and I all know what part the UK is playing over there, I just don’t believe it is known to the rest of America. Sorry about that.

  27. why are you sorry? this is the same US who thinks it bailed us out flailing around helplessly in WW2 after all!

  28. We didn’t? 😉

  29. a mon avis …non..

    mais la france…autre chose 😉

  30. eh Alison? We’ll ave none of that cheese eating surrender monkeys language on A Tangled Web thank you very much. This is a respectable blog 🙂

  31. LOL – but Charles is good at French!

  32. er you are still referring to the language aren’t you Alison 😉

  33. both, actuallement!

  34. I suppose the appearance of a lack of understanding among Americans about foreign allies fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan for that matter is not a lack of exposure by the media, but rather is due to several factors:
    1) The Support The Troops Movement tends to focus on Americans to drum up support.
    2) There is a general feeling of detachment from the war despite the headlines because it doesn’t feel like a war, no one is in danger of being drafted, the administrations deliberate downplaying of our own casualties, and it has not touched the lives of the average American. I don’t think any of that is a good thing, just reality.
    3) A lack of comprehanesion of the American public as to what is happening. In Worrld War Two, people understood and invasion of Normandy, they could follow on a map as our troops and allied troops encountered the enemy. In Iraq and Afghanistan, unconventional wars in unconventional places, the causalties seem to some members of the public as distant as a remote airline crash (sad to see, but one eventually turns to the sports pages, the crossword puzzle or the tv listings).

    All that being said, the sacrifices of all the allied troops are to be honored.